Wednesday, March 30, 2016

California Pizza Kitchen's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat

California Pizza Kitchen's Kung Pao Chicken: Savory Sweet and Satsifying

California Pizza Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants. However whenever I get the chance to eat there I always order the same thing, BLT Pizza (click here for my home version of this recipe). I have also tried a home version of their BBQ Chicken Pizza, which you can find here. But I have never ever given their pasta a second look or probably even a first look. I always go for the pizza's and end up with the same one every time.

So, when I came across a home version of one of their pasta dishes, I decided it was worth a try. The pasta turned out so delicious that it made me think about trying one of their pasta dishes the next time I eat there. Nah, who am I kidding I will probably order the same thing as always, but I may actually look at the pasta menu this time.

California Pizza Kitchen's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat
Ingredients:
1 pound spaghetti noodles
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Sauce
2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons red chili paste with garlic
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chicken broth, red chili paste, sugar, red wine vinegar, cornstarch and sesame oil. Set aside.

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, heat the canola oil. Season the chicken breasts with black pepper. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes and then dice into bite sized pieces. Set aside.

Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the pasta, chicken, peanuts and green onions to the sauce and toss to coat.

Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 809

Total Fat

21.6g

Saturated Fat

2.3g

Polyunsaturated Fat

5.9g

Monounsaturated Fat

10.2g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

55.7g

Sodium

1,450g

Potassium

350.3g

Total Carbohydrates

110.9g

Dietary Fiber

5.5g

Sugars

17.4g

Protein

42.8g

Vitamin A 16.8% Vitamin C 27.5%

Calcium 3% Iron 27.5%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Damn Delicious.

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