“Oh my gosh. This is. The best dinner. Ever. I mean…I can’t even explain the taste…it’s so good.” That is a heck of a compliment coming from my 9 year old daughter. I have to agree, it really was SO good. In fact, it’s my new favorite chicken recipe. Who said chicken has to be boring?
I know the chili paste has some refined sugar in it, but since we are only using 2 tsp, that is a total of 2-3 grams of sugar, I think it’s okay, and so totally worth it!
Here is what you need for your Paleo Kung Pao Chicken:
- 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (this dish wasn’t spicy at all)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, lightly crushed
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 3 green onions, chop the middle sections
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp Tamari
- 2 tsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tsp chili paste from Publix or Whole Foods (see picture above)
- 1/4 cup Tamari gluten free soy or coconut aminos
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp cooking white wine
1. Cut your chicken into bit sized pieces and put in a large bowl. Then add 2 tbsp of rice wine vinegar and 1 tbsp of Tamari and let it sit while you are getting the sauce ready.
2. In a small bowl, mix the Sauce ingredients together and set it aside.
3. In a large sauce pan, add 1 tbsp of sesame oil, cashews, and red pepper flakes. Cook on medium (don’t burn them like I did) for about 5 minutes or until they are brown. Then pour them in a small bowl and set aside.
4. In that same large pan, wipe it off and then heat the sesame oil on medium high and add the chicken. Cook for about 5 minutes, while stirring it the whole time, and then turn the stove down to medium low and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until done.
5. Then pour or scoop out any extra liquid as best you can (you don’t have to get it all) from the pan with the chicken in it. Now add in the cooked cashews and red pepper, your scallions and ginger and half of the sauce you made and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. Once it’s done, pour it all into a large bowl, sauce and all.
6. Then, in that same large pan, pour the other half of the sauce and let it cook for a minute or two until it thickens and pour it over the bowl of chicken.
Let me know what y’all think!
By the way, Tate came home with this “math” book the other day from school. Seriously?!?