How has this week flown by so quickly? It seems that now that cooler weather has arrived, and the days are getting shorter…there just aren’t enough hours in the day. On the day I made this dish, I was pooped (a preschooler and an infant have a tendency to do that to you). I was severely tempted to bag it, and call in take-out. But, I garnered the strength to make dinner. So glad I did!

Easy? Check. Quick? Check. And, delicious to boot! I love cooking Chinese take-out dishes at home. They come together pretty quickly, are (usually) relatively healthy, and pack a punch of flavor. This Kung Pao chicken definitely held up it’s end of the bargain. It’s not a dish I ordinarily order from the local Chinese joint, so I don’t have any base comparison, but everyone really enjoyed it. I changed a couple things around from Nikki’s recipe. I diddn’t have peanuts on hand, so I used cashews. Also, I added some Sriracha sauce instead of hot pepper flakes simply for the fact that I’m currently infatuated with the stuff. I think it added an extra depth of color to the stir-fry, which is always nice with simple dishes like this.  I had a couple of cans of water chestnuts lurking in the pantry, so I tossed some of those into the mix as well. A new favorite to add to the menu rotation for sure!


  1. Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM | Permalink

    What a quick, easy and delicious dinner! I love the addition of sriracha sauce. My husband is obsessed with it.

  2. Posted October 9, 2011 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    I love Kung Pao and I actually think I have everything to make this…sounds like it has lots of flavor and I like that it uses cornstarch because I like a thicker sauce that coats the chicken. Yum!

  3. Posted October 13, 2011 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

    I rarely eat take-out and I have never eaten Kung Pao, but your version might bring it home:)

  4. Posted October 13, 2011 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    Sriracha makes all things wonderfully good! This looks fabulous, Laura!

  5. Posted October 17, 2011 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    This looks wonderful. It also sounds quick and easy to make. That’s always good :-). This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier recipes. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    I am not sure I have ever had Kung Pao chicken. This sure does look wonderful though.

  7. Devery
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

    I made this last week from your recipe, omitting the water chestnuts and swapping stevia powder for the sugar. So delicious, both my husband and I loved it. I’ll definitely be trying more of your postings. Thanks !

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