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California Pizza Kitchen Kung Pao Spaghetti

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Kung Pao Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 3 tablespoons red chili paste with garlic
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Asian toasted sesame oil

Egg White-Cornstarch Mixture

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 pound dry spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped scallions


Kung Pao Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the chicken stock and cornstarch until the cornstarch has fully dissolved. Stir in all the remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside.

Egg White-Cornstarch Mixture

  1. In a mixing bowl, use a small whisk to stir together the egg whites, cornstarch and salt until thoroughly blended; take care, however not to beat them into a froth. Set aside.


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (8 to 9 minutes)
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan over high heat, heat the olive oil for about 1 minute. Add the chicken pieces to the egg white cornstarch mixture and toss to coat them. Taking great care to avoid splattering, add the coated chicken to the pan and cook like a solid pancake until the egg mixture sets; then using a large spatula, carefully flip the chicken pieces over together and, with a wooden spoon, gently separate the pieces.
  3. Carefully stir the Chinese peppers and roasted peanuts into the pan. As soon as they darken in color, after no more than 1 minute, stir in the garlic and scallions. Once the garlic begins to brown, after no more than 30 seconds, add the Kung Pao sauce and toss and stir to coat the ingredients.
  4. When the pasta is ready, drain it well and in a large mixing bowl, toss it thoroughly with the sauce.
  5. Serve family style.


Posted by LladyRusty at Recipe Goldmine on 2/28/2002, 10:43 pm

Source: WXIA 11, Atlanta - Air date: 7/6/99 - - From: California Pizza Kitchen

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