For a healthy kung pao chicken recipe, make Dale Pinnock’s vibrant version next time you find yourself craving a Chinese takeaway.

A gorgeous, fiery, peppery dish that packs quite a punch. Perfect with some sautéed greens and a bit of brown rice.

Kung pao chicken from Fakeaways by Dale Pinnock (Hamlyn/Faith Mason/PA)
(Hamlyn/Faith Mason/PA)
Kung pao chicken from Fakeaways by Dale Pinnock (Hamlyn/Faith Mason/PA)
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Nutrition Facts
Kung pao chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1274mg55%
Potassium 1123mg32%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 57g114%
Vitamin A 386IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kung pao chicken

A tasty mid-week supper dish
Cook Time16 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Dale Pinnock


  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 5 cm piece of ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 2 chicken breasts diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Sautéed greens and brown rice to serve
  • 50 g unsalted peanuts to garnish


  • In a pan, sauté the garlic, ginger, spring onions and chillies in a little olive oil, with a pinch of salt, over a medium heat for three to five minutes.
  • Add the diced chicken and sauté for five to seven minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and black pepper. Simmer for four minutes.
  • Sprinkle the peanuts over as a garnish.
  • Serve with sautéed greens and brown rice.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1274mg | Potassium: 1123mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg

Fakeaways by Dale Pinnock, photography by Faith Mason, is published by Hamlyn, priced £15.99. Available now.

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