Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Kung Pao chicken, which originated in the Sichuan province of China, has become a staple of westernized Chinese cuisine. Sichuan food is known for its complex spiciness, using a blend of hot red chilies to achieve maximum flavor. For this dish, you’ll add just a little bit of honey to mellow the spices and wrap it all up with corn tortillas for a dish that spans continents and tastes amazing!

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    680 Cals (est.)
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ingredients
Kung Pao Chicken Tacos
Title
  • 10 oz Ground Chicken
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 3 Tbsps Peanuts
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Scallion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 2 Tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsps Rice Vinegar
  • 8 6-Inch Corn Tortillas
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the peanuts. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Remove the stem and seeds of the pepper. Cut the pepper into wide strips, then, on an angle, into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the celery on an angle. Thinly slice the scallion on an angle, separating the green tops and white bottoms.
Make the stir-fry sauce:
2 Make the stir-fry sauce:
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and ½ cup of water. Stir in as much sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be, tasting as you go.
Toast the peanuts:
3 Toast the peanuts:
Heat a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), on medium-high until hot. Add the peanuts and toast for 2 to 4 minutes or until fragrant and lightly brown. Transfer the toasted peanuts to a small bowl and wipe out the pan.
Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and mix to thoroughly combine. In the same pan used to toast the peanuts, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, frequently breaking apart the meat with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
Cook the vegetables:
5 Cook the vegetables:
Add a couple more teaspoons of oil to the cooked chicken and stir in the garlic, red bell pepper, celery and white parts of the scallion; season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Stir in the stir-fry sauce and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and loosely cover the pan to keep warm. Set aside as you warm the tortillas.
Warm the tortillas & plate your dish:
6 Warm the tortillas & plate your dish:
Working one at a time, in a clean, dry pan, warm the tortillas on medium for 20 to 30 seconds per side, or until soft and pliable. (Keep the warmed tortillas under a paper towel to keep warm until plating.) To plate your dish, place 2 tortillas on each plate and fill with the chicken mixture. Garnish with the cilantro, green parts of the scallion and toasted peanuts. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the peanuts. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Remove the stem and seeds of the pepper. Cut the pepper into wide strips, then, on an angle, into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the celery on an angle. Thinly slice the scallion on an angle, separating the green tops and white bottoms.
2 Make the stir-fry sauce:
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and ½ cup of water. Stir in as much sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be, tasting as you go.
Make the stir-fry sauce:
Toast the peanuts:
3 Toast the peanuts:
Heat a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), on medium-high until hot. Add the peanuts and toast for 2 to 4 minutes or until fragrant and lightly brown. Transfer the toasted peanuts to a small bowl and wipe out the pan.
4 Cook the chicken:
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and mix to thoroughly combine. In the same pan used to toast the peanuts, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, frequently breaking apart the meat with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
Cook the chicken:
Cook the vegetables:
5 Cook the vegetables:
Add a couple more teaspoons of oil to the cooked chicken and stir in the garlic, red bell pepper, celery and white parts of the scallion; season with salt and pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Stir in the stir-fry sauce and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and loosely cover the pan to keep warm. Set aside as you warm the tortillas.
6 Warm the tortillas & plate your dish:
Working one at a time, in a clean, dry pan, warm the tortillas on medium for 20 to 30 seconds per side, or until soft and pliable. (Keep the warmed tortillas under a paper towel to keep warm until plating.) To plate your dish, place 2 tortillas on each plate and fill with the chicken mixture. Garnish with the cilantro, green parts of the scallion and toasted peanuts. Enjoy!
Warm the tortillas & plate your dish:
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