Kung Pao Chicken

Do you love Kung Pao Chicken? This recipe is a healthier twist on the takeout classic, so there is no need to feel guilty if you have a craving. This recipe is also super fast and easy…so that craving may come on even more often!


  • 1 lb. chicken
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce + 2 tablespoons for sauce
  • 4-6 fresh or dried red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • steamed rice or cauliflower ‘rice’, to serve


  1. Slice chicken into bite sized strips and place in a bowl with 1 tablespoon soy. Cover and stand for a few minutes or if possible refrigerate for a few hours but no longer than 24.
  2. Heat a little oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the chicken and chilies. Cook, stirring until the chicken is browned and cooked through.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the additional 2 tablespoons soy sauce and the vinegar and stir well. Taste and add more soy or vinegar if you think it needs it.
  4. Serve chicken on a bed of rice or cauliflower rice with green onions sprinkled on top.



Optional add ins: handful roast peanuts, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 tsp ground Sichuan pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar to marinate the chicken and another to finish the sauce.

If 4-6 chilies sounds like too much, feel free to dial it down (or even omit) the chilies.