Gong Bao Chicken

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A traditional Asian dish the whole family will love

In the era of McDiets and packed schedules, it’s harder than ever to incorporate healthful meals into our families’ diets. Try this Gong Bao Chicken recipe from Real Food for Real Kids – it’s wholesome, delicious and incredibly easy-to-make—perfect for those hectic weeknights.


Makes: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 20-25 minutes

    Marinade ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 1” diced
  • 2.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp organic corn starch
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
    • Sauce ingredients

    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • ½ tsp sweet paprika
    • 1 tbsp organic corn starch
    • ¼ tsp sea salt
    • ⅓ cup water

      Pan ingredients

    • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
    • 1 tbsp scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
    • 2 tbsp sunflower oil


    1. Marinate diced chicken with the marinade ingredients for 1 hour or overnight.
    2. Poach the marinated chicken (cook in pot of simmering water) until partially cooked and set aside.
    3. Combine the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl until the sea salt and corn starch are dissolved.
    4. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and sauté the garlic, ginger and scallions until soft and translucent (don’t let it burn!). Add bell peppers into the pan and cook for about 1 minute.
    5. Add the chicken to the pan and sauté for a couple minutes.
    6. Pour your sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer until sauce thickens.
    7. Serve over a bed of steamed rice and enjoy!

      Other tips

    • Add some chili peppers to give the dish some heat!
    • Add nuts or seeds to the pan before you toss in the chicken.

    • Real Food for Real Kids is a Toronto-based catering company that aims to reconnect children and families to real food by providing delicious and healthy meals and snacks – made fresh from scratch.