Kung Pao ChickPeas

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

Are you ready to take a Chinese favorite and turn it into a vegetarian alternative? This Kung Pao chick peas meal is an amazing alternative to this spicy dish with a mixture of chickpeas, peanuts, and chili paste. You will not miss having meat.

This recipe is pretty easy and doesn't require many ingredients or too much work.

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

You can also make it much easier and use pre-made kung pao sauce, but you may not be able to control the spiciness. And homemade tastes so much better. I swear it probably takes five minutes to make.

Since chickpeas are already cooked, we just need to marinate them for at least 30 minutes before we start cooking.

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

While that is marinating, you can go ahead and make your kong pao sauce because things will move fast when you start to cook..

You will also want to get your other things ready: water chestnuts, green onions, peanuts, garlic

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste


In a heated wok, (or pan) add your kung pao sauce that we made while the chickpeas were marinating

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

We want to heat it for a bit so that the aromas intensify with the heat. About 4 - 5 minutes. Make sure to stir so that it does not stick.

Then add the mix of water chestnuts

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

And make sure you get that quoted in the sauce and warmed through

We then add the chickpeas including the liquid it was marinating in.

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

Once the chickpeas are warmed through and well coated you can remove from the stove and add your red onions.

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

And garnish with culantro.

Now it's time to dive in however you choose. Some white rice? Noodles?

I opted to make a wrap with my spicy chick peas and it was THE BOMB

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste

So however you want to eat this dish, grab the recipe and jump in

Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste


Love chickpeas? Here are some other recipes with this staple:

**Chickpeas Tacos with Avocado Smash**
**Curry Channa with Tomatoes**

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Kung Pao Chickpeas
Easy Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe with peanuts, vegetables, chili paste
by HomeMadeZagat
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook Time: 00:15
Keywords: saute entree vegetarian chickpeas
Ingredients (Serves 2)
  • 2 sprigs green onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 leaves culantro (or cilantro)
For Marinade
    • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp cornstarch and 1 tbsp water combined
Kong Pao Sauce
    • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp cornstarch and 1 tbsp water combined
    • 2 tbsps chili paste
    • 2 tsp brown sugar
Instructions
Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl
Drain and rinse chickpeas
Add chickpeas to marinade, cover for at least 30 minutes
Make kung pao sauce and set aside
Chop green onions, water chestnuts
Add garlic, peanuts to green onions and water chestnuts
Add kung pao sauce to medium heated pot
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously
Add green onion mix to sauce, stirring
Toss in chickpeas with marinade and cook for 5 - 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and add chopped red onions
Garnish with culantro
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