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Lighter Kung Pao Chicken Skillet

Kung pao chicken just like from Panda Express made HEALTHIER and ready in only minutes! This 'kickin flavorful chicken skillet is a total dinner winner!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings


Chicken Marinade:

  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Kung Pao Chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 medium sweet peppers diced into 1-in cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 dried Chinese chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Hot rice for serving


  • In a large bowl, combine all chicken marinade ingredients and let stand 30 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt coconut oil. Add chicken, sweet peppers, garlic, ginger, and chilies to skillet and stir occasionally until chicken is browned and cooked through and veggies are tender. Reduce heat to medium and add peanuts, soy sauce, agave, vinegar, and cornstarch water. Bring to simmer until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and top with green onions. Serve kung pao chicken hot with rice. Enjoy!