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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tonight's recipe

Have I mentioned I L.O.V.E. Hungry Girl?!?

HG's WOW Kung Pao

HG's WOW Kung Pao

Kung Pao-wer!
Everyone knows that "steamed" is the way to go when eating Chinese food out. But when you're home, well, steaming your Asian chicken is for the birds (not literally). Why? Because it's TOO easy to create a saucy, spicy, wonderful dish that has a tiny fraction of the calories and fat of restaurant versions. See below for proof -- and feel free to experiment using all sorts of other veggies (green beans, carrots, bean sprouts, broccoli) and lean protein (shrimp, lean steak, tofu, and even lean pork tenderloin ROCK Kung Pao style!). OK, enough yapping, check it out...

2 tbsp. reduced-sodium or lite soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. red chili sauce, or more to taste
8 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cubed
3/4 cup mushroom chunks
3/4 cup bell pepper chunks (red and/or green)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup sliced & halved canned water chestnuts, drained
1 tbsp. chopped dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
Salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, to taste

To make the sauce, combine 2 tbsp. cold water with soy sauce, vinegar, Splenda, cornstarch, and chili sauce. Stir until all ingredients have dissolved. Set aside.
Spray a large skillet or wok with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, celery, onion, garlic, and 2 tbsp. water. Stirring occasionally, cook for about 5 minutes, until chicken is almost fully cooked but still tender.
Add water chestnuts and peanuts to the skillet/wok. Raise heat to high, give sauce a stir, and add it to the skillet/wok as well.
Mix entire dish until all ingredients are coated in sauce, and the sauce is hot and thick. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 heaping portion (half of recipe)
Calories: 230
Fat: 4g
Sodium: 720mg
Carbs: 17g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 30g

POINTS® value 4*

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