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Kung Pao Noodles
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Categories: Asian Recipes, Chicken, Chinese Food, Pastas
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Total Time: 40 min.
Preparation Time: 25 min.
Simmering Time: 15 min.

This Americanized version of Kung Pao chicken is wonderful. A few things to watch out for: the spiciness (I already reduced the amount of red chili paste from the original recipe, but you might want to adjust it to your taste (probably less); and the calories (I didn't expect such a healthy looking dish to be so high in calories, try reducing the amount of peanuts and oils or try making the Lowfat Kung Pao Chicken over noodles).

For the Kung Pao Sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup dry sherry
2 tablespoons red chili paste
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
For the Chicken
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound chicken breast halves - cut into chunks
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup peanuts - roasted
1/4 cup garlic - minced
3 cups scallions - coarsely chopped
For the Pasta
1 pound pasta (spaghetti)

For the Kung Pao Sauce

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the chicken stock and cornstarch until the cornstarch has fully dissolved. Stir in the soy sauce, sherry, red chili paste, sugar, red wine vinegar and sesame oil. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce until its thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (15 minutes). Set aside.

For the Chicken

In a medium Ziplock bag, mix cornstarch and salt. Meanwhile in a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat until hot. Add the chicken pieces to the cornstarch mixture. Toss to coat. Add chicken to skillet and cook until well-browned (8 minutes). Add pepper flakes and peanuts to skillet, cook for 30 seconds; add garlic and scallions. As soon as garlic browns (30 seconds), add the Kung Pao sauce. Stir until combined.

For the Pasta

Heat a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.

When the pasta is ready, drain it well and toss it with the sauce thoroughly.

Calories: 589 Calories From Fat: 56%
Protein: 33g Carbohydrate: 33g
Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 3391mg

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