If you are looking for some Asian inspiration then this tasty Kung Pao Chicken is a quick and easy dish to prepare and this recipe has been made Slimming World style! Here’s what you need.
Ingredients for the marinade:
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1.5 tsp corn flour
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 chicken breast pieces, diced
Ingredients for the rest of the dish:
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sweetener
- 2 garlic cloves, grated
- 1 inch of ginger grated
- 1/2 tsp sichuan peppercorns
- 8 dried chillies
- 8oz sliced mushrooms
- 8oz tenderstem broccoli
- 1 onion, sliced
- OPTIONAL: 25g cashew nuts
- Boiled rice to serve
Let the chicken marinade first for at least an hour or overnight if possible – simply take the ingredients listed in the marinade section and combine in a bowl. Cover and put into the fridge. I like to do this the day before so that there is less to do when you prepare the meal, making it as easy as possible.
Then, combine the balsamic vinegar; soy sauce; hoisin sauce; sesame oil; sweetener, garlic and ginger in another bowl.
Get a large frying pan or wok and spray with low calorie cooking spray, put it onto a high heat.
Stir fry the dried chillies and peppercorns for 1 minute then add the chicken mixture and fry for about 4 minutes, then place the wok contents onto a side plate and spray with cooking spray again.
Next, chop your onion – to get nice even slices use this convenient and user friendly vegetable slicer or if you are handy with a knife then you can chop by hand but I like gadgets as my knife skills aren’t up to much!
Simply fry your onion for 2 minutes then add the broccoli and mushrooms and give it another 2 minutes on the heat. Then, add the chicken and chilli mixture back into the pan. Pour in the sauce and simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
If you are using cashew nuts, stir in just before the end and serve with boiled rice.
The Slimming World Syn values for this dish are 9 Syn for the whole pan (serves 4 therefore 2.5 Syn per portion) and if you choose to use the cashew nuts then add an extra 7.5 Syn to the overall dish.
Have you ever made Kung Pao Chicken? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments!