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Crazy Good Kung Pao Chicken

OMG THIS IS GOOD

So I took an internet Kung Pao Sauce recipe and changed it around because of how I liked the Healthy Choice Kung Pao Chicken frozen meal, and ended up with this, and it is crazy good.


Kung Pao Chicken with Quinoa and Brown Rice

1 pound skinless boneless chicken, cut into chunks (I used chicken thighs, but you could use chicken breast just fine)
4 tablespoons white cooking wine (divided; you could probably use ordinary wine if you have some lying around)
4 tablespoons soy sauce (divided)
4 tablespoons oil (divided; I used canola)
4 tablespoons water (divided)
2 oz chili paste
2 tsp white vinegar
5 tsp brown sugar
1-2 tsp powdered ginger (you could probably use fresh but I don't know how much )
1/2 white onion, chopped fine
1/2 clove elephant garlic, chopped fine (probably = 2 cloves of regular garlic?)
16 oz (2 cans) sliced water chestnuts
8 oz edamame

I bought a bag of frozen edamame pods, thawed them at room temperature and then popped them from the pods, having a wonderful time making silly "Pew! Pew! Peeng! Peeng!" noises as I did so, to Huxrin's cringe.

Step 1: Soak
Combine 2T each wine, soy sauce, oil and water in a plastic ziplock bag. Add chicken, turn to coat. Put in fridge for 30 minutes or more.

Step 2: Sauce
In a big enough pot/pan/wok, mix the remaining wine, soy, oil and water, plus everything else on the list. Mix and heat slowly (don't want to boil it).

Step 3: Saute
Drain the chicken and saute in a separate skillet until cooked. When sauce is heated through, add the chicken and simmer together.

Step 4: Side
I served this with Uncle Ben's instant brown rice/quinoa with garlic, 90 seconds in the microwave and done.

Result:
HOLY CRAP THIS WAS GOOD

I was worried about the chili paste because I've never cooked with that before, and it sure smelled powerful in the jar, but it blended so well with the other ingredients that there was some heat but it wasn't "my mouth is on FIYAAAAAH" hot. You could probably add more hot stuff if you wanted it.

The brown rice/quinoa worked out great because, quick timing, and easier for 2 people than to make a batch in the rice cooker. Also, protein. I'd actually planned on making a quinoa/brown rice mix in the rice cooker, but then Mom suggested the Uncle Ben's and that worked out just fine.

EVERYONE loved this recipe. Mom isn't normally into spicy type foods but she loved it. Dad loved it. And this made a huge amount of food, we got 4 meals out of it (I, uh, ate two at one sitting) and still have plenty left over, so, assume "feeds 6-8".

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spikesgirl58
Jun. 21st, 2017 11:22 am (UTC)
I will add it to my list. I'll probably cut it in half for the two of us. Thanks for sharing!
laridian
Jun. 21st, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this made a lot of food. It held up well though!
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