149.8...Kung Pao Chicken

Last week I made Kung Pao Chicken for dinner and it was a big hit, especially with my son! He told me that I needed to make it again ASAP!

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Kung Pao Chicken (Serves 4)

Recipe from Food Network Magazine October 2012


1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

3 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

1 1/4 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks

1 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp. Asian chili oil or sesame oil

3 Tbsp peanut oil

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 (1 1/2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

2 bunches scallions (whites cut into 1/2-inch pieces, greens sliced)

4 cups precut stir-fry vegetables

1/2 cup cocktail peanuts

Cooked rice, for serving (optional)


1. Mix 1 Tbsp soy sauce and 2 tsp. each rice wine, cornstarch and water in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and toss; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 

2. Whisk the remaining 2 tsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp rice wine and 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, the sugar, chili oil and 2 Tbsp water in a small bowl.

3. Heat 2 Tbsp peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. 

4. Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp peanut oil in the skillet. Add the garlic, ginger, scallion whites and precut vegetables; stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Add the chicken and peanuts and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the soy sauce-chili oil mixture, add to the skillet and cook until the sauce thickens, 30 seconds. Serve over rice and top with the scallion greens. 

Printable Recipe 

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Friday night we went to Westroot Tavern for dinner. We all shared the hot wings to start. 

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I ordered the Salmon (lemongrass cream, market vegetables):

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Very good!

Saturday’s breakfast:

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My daughter had a birthday party to attend so we grabbed lunch at Pacific Coast Grill while we waited for her. I had the Seaside Ahi Poke Bowl (seaweed salad, sushi rice, avocado, crispy wontons and sesame seeds):

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It was good but a bit small. 

My husband and I went to the San Diego Gulls hockey game that night with some friends followed by dinner at The Godfather Restaurant. My meal started with a salad:

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Followed by the Lasagne al Forno (baked lasagne in the old Sicilian style with bolognese sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese):

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It was really good! 

Sunday’s breakfast was a bit different that usual. My kids have been eating bagels lately and that just sounded so good so I toasted half a bagel with a fried egg and shredded cheddar cheese. 

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I got a bunch of stuff done around the house. Lunch was a turkey sandwich and chips. 

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We went over to Alicia and Joe’s to watch the Super Bowl. Alicia made our favorite wings and I made Sloppy Joes. I decided to forgo the Sloppy Joes and focus just on the hot wings.

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For dessert I made Bake Sale Trifecta Bars which I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon!

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I was glad the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Sometimes I like the underdog. :)

Monday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I met my trainer at the gym. I ran some errands and had lunch with Alicia at Ototo Sushi. Our usual:

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I went to a meeting at the school, then brought the kids home. For dinner I made 20-Minute Chicken Enchiladas (recipe to come) which turned out pretty good. 

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Yesterday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then to the gym for spin class. Snack:

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I got my nails done and had lunch at Urban Plates:

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I took my son to his Bar Mitzvah tutoring in the afternoon then came home to set up for my husband’s poker night at our house. A friend of his brought over delicious Persian food for dinner. 

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We have lots of leftovers. These are leftovers I’m happy to have!

Today’s breakfast:

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After school drop off, I went to Orange Theory class. Post-workout snack:

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Got my hair done afterwards. Always feel like a new person after that! 

Happy Wednesday! I can see the weekend in the distance! ;)

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