Kung Pao chicken is given a healthier makeover with the use of cauliflower.
Here is my latest cauliflower creation because I just can’t stop eating and cooking with cauliflower. One of these days I’m going to try the cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s.
Last weekend we were watching Kung Fu Panda 2 because we realized we hadn’t already seen it. I don’t know how we missed it as we usually watch the animated movies once they are on DVD. Then a few days ago, I was eating this Kung Pao Beef Jerky. And that is what led to this idea for Kung Pao Cauliflower. Yes, it is all a bit random.
This dish is pretty easy to put together. You can accompany it with some steamed vegetables, rice, or maybe cauliflower rice!
Kung Pao Cauliflower
- 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into small florets
- 2 heaping tablespoons roasted peanuts
- 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers (see note)
- 6 dried red chili peppers
- 1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns (see note)
- 1 green scallion finely sliced
- 1 tsbp vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp shaoxing cooking wine
- 2 tsp granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp black vinegar
- 4 tbsp water
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- Add oil to a wok or large pan over medium-high heat on the stove. Once the oil is heated, add the cauliflower, bell peppers, peppercorn and dried peppers. Stir and cook until cauliflower and bell peppers are tender. If the pan gets too dry while cooking, add a few tablespoons of water to help keep everything wet while cooking. Once cauliflower and bell peppers are cooked, set aside.
- In a small saucepan add all sauce ingredients except cornstarch and water. Bring to a low simmer and stir to mix. In a small bowl, add cornstarch and water and dissolve cornstarch completely in the water. Pour into the sauce mixture and stir constantly (otherwise your cornstarch will cook in clumps) until it comes to a simmer again. Continue to stir until sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Keep in mind that sauce will thicken more when removed from the heat.
- Scrape sauce into the pan with cauliflower. Add in peanuts. Stir-fry for a few minutes over medium heat until everything is evenly coated with sauce. Serve while warm and garnish with fresh chopped scallions.
- You can use any color of bell pepper that you like. I used a mix of green, red, and orange.
- You can replace the Sichuan peppercorns with red pepper flakes, but the flavor won't be quite the same.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.