Kung Pao Chicken with a Mediterranean Twist


Kung Pao Chicken with a Mediterranean Twist

Mediterranean Kung Pao Chicken: A Fusion of Flavors

In the vibrant world of Mediterranean cuisine, we have reimagined the classic Chinese dish, Kung Pao Chicken. This Mediterranean twist infuses the dish with fresh and aromatic ingredients, creating a delightful fusion of flavors. Get ready to experience the perfect balance of tangy, spicy, and savory notes in this Mediterranean Kung Pao Chicken recipe.

Jan Dec

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

4 servings


Mediterranean diet, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein

Tree nuts (almonds)

Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, Nut-free


While the original Kung Pao Chicken is known for its bold flavors and Sichuan peppercorns, our Mediterranean adaptation incorporates ingredients commonly found in this cuisine. We substitute the traditional soy sauce with a combination of olive oil, lemon juice, and Mediterranean spices. The dish also features a variety of Mediterranean vegetables, such as bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes, adding a vibrant touch to the recipe. We alse have the original recipe for Kung Pao Chicken, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 320 kcal / 1340 KJ
  • Fat: 18g (Saturated Fat: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 9g (Sugars: 4g)
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Salt: 0.5g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and toss until evenly coated. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. 3.
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  4. 4.
    In the same skillet, add the diced bell peppers, sliced zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  5. 5.
    Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and toss with the vegetables. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. 6.
    Remove from heat and sprinkle the chopped roasted almonds over the dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. 7.
    Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken — Ensure the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Bell peppers — Use a mix of red and yellow bell peppers for vibrant colors and a slightly sweet flavor.
  • Roasted almonds — Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant before chopping.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra kick, add a pinch of dried chili flakes or a drizzle of chili oil.
  • Serve the Mediterranean Kung Pao Chicken over a bed of fluffy couscous or quinoa for a complete meal.
  • Customize the vegetable selection based on seasonal availability.
  • Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Feel free to add other Mediterranean ingredients like olives or capers for additional flavor.

Serving advice

Serve the Mediterranean Kung Pao Chicken hot, garnished with fresh parsley. Accompany it with a side dish and a refreshing drink for a complete Mediterranean dining experience.

Presentation advice

Arrange the colorful chicken and vegetable stir-fry on a large serving platter. Sprinkle the chopped roasted almonds over the top for added texture and visual appeal. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves for a pop of green.