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


  • 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


  • 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 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chicken broth, red chili paste, sugar, red wine vinegar, cornstarch and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, heat the canola oil.
  4. 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.
  5. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes and then dice into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  6. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minutes.
  7. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the pasta, chicken, peanuts and green onions to the sauce and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 809

Total Fat


Saturated Fat


Polyunsaturated Fat


Monounsaturated Fat


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Total Carbohydrates


Dietary Fiber






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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