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