Kung Pao Chicken

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This recipe comes from the December 2005 issue of Cooking Light. I’m not sure what makes it Kung Pao…it was good, but not craveable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP canola oil, divided
  • 4 c. broccoli florets
  • 1 TBSP ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World), divided
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/2 c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 TBSP hoisin sauce
  • 2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • 2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and 2 teaspoons ginger to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add water. Cover; cook 2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Remove broccoli from pan; keep warm.
  2. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan; add remaining 1 teaspoon ginger, crushed red pepper, and chicken. Cook 4 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, stirring frequently.
  3. Combine broth and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add broth mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Return broccoli mixture to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Kung Pao Chicken:

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