Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

D made these. He said they were easy.

They were good.  So good, I was bummed when they were done.  I wanted more.  Interesting take on Kung Pao, but fun. I added Sriracha to mine.  We had with rice.  Next time we'll have rice and broccoli with it.

Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

Photo by ALB

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)
Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour

6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
3/4 cup diagonally sliced celery (about 2 stalks)
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 lime wedges

1. Place chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to bag; seal. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place 1/4 cup cornstarch in a shallow dish. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt. Add chicken to cornstarch in dish, and toss chicken to thoroughly coat. Shake off excess cornstarch.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of coated chicken; sauté for 6 minutes or until done, turning to brown. Remove chicken from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Repeat the procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and coated chicken.

3. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, honey, and next 3 ingredients (through sambal oelek) in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring twice. Stir in garlic. Combine soy sauce mixture, chicken, peanuts, and celery; toss to coat chicken.

4. Toast tortillas under broiler or on a griddle until lightly blistered, turning frequently. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates; divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each taco with green onions and bell pepper strips; serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 418; Fat: 19.1g; Saturated fat: 2.5g; Monounsaturated fat: 8.9g; Polyunsaturated fat: 6.1g; Protein: 25.2g; Carbohydrate: 39.3g; Fiber: 4g; Cholesterol: 86mg; Iron: 1.6mg; Sodium: 531mg; Calcium: 53mg

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2012

1 comment:

Becca said...

diagonally sliced celery?! gettin' fancy on me...this looks good