Chicken, Gong bao – 340 calories

IMG_1407Chicken, Gong bao – 340 calories

This delicious Chinese chicken dish is flavoured with fresh ginger, garlic, chilli and peanuts, and drizzled in a soy-infused sauce. A classic Chinese recipe that can be made in just 20 minutes and a great dinner for two idea.

Preparation Time:  10 mins

Cooking Time:  10 mins

Serves:  2

Calories per serving:  340.3


Olive Oil – 1 Tbsp/15ml

Spring Onions – 3 Med/45g

Red Chilli Peppers – 1 Pepper/13g

Dark Brown Muscovado Sugar – 2 Tsps/14g

Rice Wine Vinegar – 1 Tbsp/15ml

Soy Sauce, Dark – 2 Tbsps/30g

Cashew Nuts -30g

Root Ginger -20g

Cornflour – 1 Tbsp/15g

Garlic – 2 Cloves/6g

2 x Chicken, Breast Fillets, Skinless – 200g

Chicken Stock Cubes, Knorr – ½ Cube/5g

Water, Mineral Or Tap – 100ml

Preparation: Peel and finely chop the ginger and garlic. De-seed the chilli pepper and chop finely. Trim the spring onions cut into thin slices at an angle. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Chop the cashews.


For the sauce, put the stock, sugar, rice wine vinegar, soy and cornflour in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside until needed.

Heat the oil in a large wok set over a high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Remove and set aside.

In the same wok, stir-fry most of the spring onions, the ginger, garlic and chilli for 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the chopped cashew nuts and continue cooking for 2 minutes, or until golden.

Return the chicken to the wok and pour over the sauce. Cook, stirring, for 3 – 4 minutes, until the sauce is glossy and thickened and the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat showing.

Divide the chicken between plates and scatter over the remaining spring onions and a little extra chilli.

Serve with rice or noodles. I had mine with peas (love my veggies – missed not having many in this dish), courgetti (julienned courgette stir fried in a little oil) and brown vermicelli. Whole meal was 641 calories.

I based this recipe on one I found on the Tesco website.…n.html#brek8tXy8hCBYMVO.99

Nutrition Data Per Serving

Calories (kcal)  340.3

Carbohydrate (g)  25.4

Fat (g)  14.2

Fibre (g)  1.3

Fruit & Veg  0.5

Protein (g)  27.9

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