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Dump-and-Bake Kung Pao Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Skip the Chinese restaurant carryout and prepare an easier, lighter version of your favorite dish! This Dump-and-Bake Kung Pao Chicken requires just 10 minutes of prep for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family can enjoy.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken breasts, easy dinner, Kung Pao Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 511.6 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic (I like to use a squeeze bottle of minced garlic from the produce section as a shortcut)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (add more for a spicier dish or omit for a mild dish)
  • ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a medium baking dish with cooking spray (I have used a deep 9-inch by 6-inch dish and an 11-inch by 7-inch dish, and both work well).

  2. Place chicken in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with cornstarch and toss to coat.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together orange zest, chicken broth, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, salt, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to combine.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir, return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened.
  5. Remove from oven, stir in peanuts. Season with additional salt and red pepper flakes, to taste. Garnish with sliced green onions just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and bake in a 1-quart dish. Cooking instructions remain the same.

Nutrition Facts
Dump-and-Bake Kung Pao Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 511.6 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.5g21%
Saturated Fat 2.3g14%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.1g
Cholesterol 132.5mg44%
Sodium 763.4mg33%
Potassium 810.9mg23%
Carbohydrates 49.4g16%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 31.9g35%
Protein 57g114%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.