Kung Pao Chicken for Two is easy to do at home
| March 25, 2011
In Cooking for One or Two, Kitchen Basics
Featured Recipe: Kung Pao Chicken for Two
We adore Chinese food, and for years we’ve experimented with trying to duplicate our favorite restaurant dishes at home. Actually? It works a whole lot better than you might think!
However, most of our recipes serve four or six people, and now that we’re both living in the “empty nest,” we were curious to see whether we could not only duplicate a recipe, but also downsize it to serve just two.
Kung Pao Chicken is a perennial restaurant favorite, and when we got to talking about this dish the other day, we realized we’d never tried a “desperate” version of it. Alicia went right to work in the test kitchen and came out with a wonderful version of Kung Pao Chicken for Two. (Of course the recipe can be doubled or even tripled, just adjust cooking times as necessary to account for more volume in your pan.)
We got one shocker when we sent the recipe to our dietitian for nutrient analysis. This dish is a bit higher in fat than most of our recipes. Two suggestions -- use it only as a splurge or adjust the peanuts. We all know nuts are high in fat, so instead of adding your nuts to the pan and sautéing them, use only a quarter-cup (or so) of unsalted roasted peanuts, chop them finely, and then sprinkle over the finished dish as a garnish. You’ll still get that peanut flavor that makes this dish famous, but you’ll scale back on calories and fat, too.
We hope you’ll let us know what you think of this dish!
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