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Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts - I've been making this for 20 years and it's still my husband's favorite dish!

Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal


Marinade and Stir-Fry Sauce

  • 3 teaspoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch divided
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Stir Fry

  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 3 teaspoons grapeseed oil divided
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole dried chilies optional
  • 1 scallion minced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts


  1. Place chicken into a medium bowl.
  2. Make marinade by mixing together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add half marinade and 1 teaspoon cornstarch to chicken and mix well; set aside.
  3. Make stir-fry sauce by adding 2 teaspoons cornstarch, hoisin and 1/4 cup water to remaining half of marinade; set aside.
  4. When ready to cook, heat 11 inch Circulon Symmetry French Skillet over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon oil. Stir fry red bell peppers for 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender; reserve.
  5. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan and heat; add marinated chicken to pan and stir-fry until cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Return bell peppers to pan and toss. Give the stir-fry sauce a stir and add to pan; toss everything together until well coated with sauce. Top with scallions and peanuts; serve.
Nutrition Facts
Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 527mg23%
Potassium 430mg12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.