HEALTHY KUNG PAO CHICKEN (GLUTEN FREE)
This Healthy Kung Pao Chicken has become one of my favorite stir-fry recipes! It's got crunchy almonds, tender chicken pieces, and colorful vegetables - all in a savory, lightly sweet sauce with a subtle kick of Sichuan pepper. This recipe is gluten-free and actually not very spicy. All of my kids loved it! It's surprising how wonderful almonds and celery are in this dish. You've gotta try it!
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The chicken and alternatives
I always look for "organic" or "free range" chicken with "no antibiotics." This means the chickens were raised with at least some access to the outdoors, and were not administered antibiotics due to disease or dirty living conditions. "Pasture-raised" or "humane certified" are even better indicators of the chicken's welfare.
You can use chicken breasts, but chicken thighs are juicier and more flavorful! Chicken breasts are of course slightly lower in fat, while chicken thighs are typically more affordable.
If vegan, you can use tofu, tempeh, or even vegan chik'n.
Making the sauce
It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but once you have a good stock of basics, you will find they can be re-used in so many Asian recipes! Others I always have on hand are rice vinegar, fish sauce, coconut aminos, and sriracha.
Stir fry ingredients
This stir fry comes alive with fresh garlic, green onions, bell peppers, celery, and almonds. I don't know why I haven't used celery more often! Its signature flavor makes this stir fry so special and memorable. Many recipes call for peanuts in Kung Pao chicken, but all I had was sliced almonds! It was unexpected and delicious.
This Healthy Kung Pao Chicken pairs wonderfully with jasmine rice, brown rice noodles, or even cauliflower rice. Feel free to expermient or enjoy it on it's own!
Here is the printable recipe. I hope you love it as much as our family did :)
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