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Low Carb Kung Pao Chicken

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If you ask me what I want for dinner, it’s likely to be Asian food. And I’ve found through the years that homemade is better than takeout. Are you looking for a quick and easy low-carb skillet meal for dinner tonight? This delicious low-carb kung pao chicken will give you the taste of takeout at home.

Kung Pao Chicken ingredients

With a slight kick of spice that you’d expect from kung pao chicken wrapped into a delicious low-carb skillet meal, you will thank me later when you try this recipe.

Chicken in pan

Kung Pao Chicken is one of those favorite takeout options but I wanted to make it a little more low-carb diet-friendly. And I wanted to make a dish that I could easily prep and have ready to cook on a week night after a busy day with work and family. And who doesn’t love an easy skillet dinner?

chicken and vegetables in pan

What’s the best Chinese food for Keto?

Beef and Broccoli is always a winner and can easily be made into a Keto recipe. Kung Pao Chicken is usually made in a skillet and tossed with a tangy but spicy sauce, so a lower carb option. It’s more of a stir-fry type meal. Many people will serve either option on top of white rice. However, you can easily put it over cauliflower rice if you want.

Kung Pao Chicken in the pan

Does Kung Pao chicken have nuts?

The American version of kung pao chicken generally has nuts, and my recipe does call for peanuts. This means my dish is more of a traditional American Chinese dish and if peanuts aren’t your thing, you can use cashews too for a sweeter taste. The nuts are sometimes used as a garnish, but they can be used in this easy skillet meal during cooking time.

plate of Kung Pao Chicken

Is Chinese food good for you?

If loving Chinese food is wrong, I don’t want to be right! The consensus is that takeout Chinese food or dining at a Chinese restaurant isn’t much healthier than dining out at any restaurant. But you can make your favorite copycat Chinese takeout options at home. Are you a fan of kung pao chicken, but want it low carb and healthier for your diet needs? Go ahead and cancel your dining out plans to enjoy this super easy skillet meal at home.

bite of Kung Pao Chicken

Feeling intimidated by the lengthy list of supplies that you need to make low carb kung pao chicken at home? Have no fear – this is a relatively easy and quick meal to whip up for a delicious weeknight meal with your family.

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How to Make Low Carb Kung Pao Chicken

Get the list of supplies below for both the sauce and low carb kung pao chicken recipe. Then follow my step by step instructions to make this delicious meal tonight!

plate of kung pao chicken

Low Carb Kung Pao Chicken


  • 1 pound chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 cup red onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ cup peanuts, plus more for garnish


  • ¼ cup liquid amino acids
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Swerve or Monkfruit brown sweetener
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (for thickening if desired)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl it around the pan.
  2. Add the chicken and cook until almost done, stirring as needed.
  3. When the chicken is almost cooked through, add the vegetables and peanuts. Continue to cook until the chicken is done.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce EXCEPT the xanthan gum. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook about 3 minutes or until the sauce has reduced. If you prefer a thicker sauce, sprinkle xanthan gum over the chicken and stir
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 294Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 97mgSodium 234mgCarbohydrates 11gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 5gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 22g

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Landra (Lan for short)

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Hi Linda, This looks really good. What are amino acid in this recipe? Why use them? Would just like to understand what they do? I will get ingredients for this dish when I get to grocery store.

Thanks made your Taco Casserole really loved it made a big one so still have some in the freezer. It just gets better the flavors get mingled over time. Realy good thanks for that recipe! Have a good day.

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