Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken, Skinnyfied



Kung Pao Chicken

I could hardly wait to share this fantastic skinny version with you! It couldn’t be easier to make since I used a bottle of Panda Express sauce. To make it healthier, it’s loaded with vegetables, pineapple chunks and served over steamed cabbage. The pineapple works great to cool this dish down. Personally, I think Panda’s Kung Pao chicken is a bit spicy. Mine has a wonderful kick but not at all overwhelming. Each serving has 254 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound chicken breasts (boneless, skinless), cut into bite-size pieces

1 (18.75 oz) bottle Panda Express Kung Pao sauce, see shopping tip

2 cups zucchini, diced (slice down middle and cut each slice into 4)

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 cup celery sliced into thin pieces

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice

1 cup scallions (green onions), diced

10 cups shredded cabbage, for serving


Instructions

1. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and place chicken inside pan. Pour the bottle of Kung Pao sauce on top.  Mix well. Turn heat on high until it starts to get hot, turn down to low, cover, and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Stir a few times while cooking.  Add all remaining ingredients except scallions and cabbage. Mix well. Bring back to high heat, turn down to low heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in scallions.

2. Serve over steamed cabbage.  Steam cabbage in microwave for 1-2 minutes until soft. You could serve this dish over brown rice or whole grain spaghetti noodles, if desired.

Makes 6 servings (each serving, ~1 cup steamed cabbage topped with 1⅓ cups Kung Pao Chicken with sauce)


Healthy Tips
Since it’s loaded with veggies, pineapple and served over steamed cabbage, each serving has 6 grams of fiber. But, it’s very high in sodium due to the Panda Express sauce. If you’re on a lower sodium diet, this recipe would not be good for you.

To remain at zero points, you must enjoy the pineapple fresh, as unsweetened frozen pineapple or canned pineapple in its own juice, like in this recipe.


Shopping Tip

Panda Express locations sell this sauce. Most supermarkets sell the line of Panda Express sauces too. You’ll usually find it in the Asian section. Or, click here to buy it on Amazon.com: Panda Express Kung Pao sauce


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
6
Weight Watchers
(old points) 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1⅓ cups Kung Pao Chicken over 1 cup cabbage)
254 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 37mg chol, 19g protein, 43g carbs, 6g fiber, 1830mg sod, 25g sugar
 FACTS: for SmartPoints
147 calories, 1g sat. fat, 11g sugar, 17g protein