Easy quick and super delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken with no soy, gluten, added sugar, or bean paste. Say what ??? Yes it’s possible. Read through to enjoy one of my favorite Asian-inspired Paleo recipes.

Healthy and delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken you can make easily at home !

No soy bean paste Paleo Kung Pao Chicken

Ever since I discovered the Harissa chili paste from Entube it has opened so many possibilities in my recipe writing, particularly in Sichuan-inspired Paleo dishes like Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans.

I decided to rewrite this older recipe and incorporate new flavor and simplified cooking steps for an even better Paleo Kung Pao Chicken.❤️

Healthy and delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken you can make easily at home !

A few characteristics to nail in order to make spot-on Paleo Kung Pao Chicken

There are many versions of Paleo Kung Pao Chicken on the web but here are a few characteristics I’d like to share to help you recreate a dish that’s more close to its original taste.

  • Small cube shaped chicken bites

Small cube shaped chicken pieces allow better marination. They also create more surface cuts/shapes so each mini cube crisps up easily and golden delicious. These mini cubes also absorb the sauce better so each bite is bursting with flavor. Hmm…YUM !

  • Chinese dry red chili peppers & Sichuan Flower Pepper corns

If you are my long-term reader, you know how much I rely on using aromatics to create clean tasting yet super flavorful Asian-inspired Paleo dishes.

You can find both dry red chilies and flower peppercorns in local Chinese markets or order them through Amazon. I provide links below in the recipe section for folks who like to have these essential items at home.

Chinese dry red chilies are used (in this context) to fragrant the oil. Yes it might add a bit spicy flavor but since we aren’t chopping them to pieces (exposing the seeds outside) they are mainly for fragrant and visual aesthetic purposes.

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Sichuan Flower Peppercorns for Paleo Kung Pao Chicken
  • Crisp bold flavor or Tender silky moist ?

In general (and very broadly speaking), Chinese food (particularly main dishes) can be categorized into two different styles in the mouthfeel – crisp bold (drier/crisper texture) and soft and moist textures.

When a dish is meant to have a stronger flavor concentration (i.e. drier/crisper texture), the moisture content in the wok needs to be reduced and minimized in order to not dilute the flavor concentration.

Here are a few tips you can try without relying on store bought sauces filled with corn starch and other unnatural ingredients –

    • Preheating the skillet well is an important step before placing any ingredients in the sauté pan
    • Protein pieces (e.g. chicken) naturally release water content during cooking, so extending the cooking time over the stovetop (to reduce moisture) and paying attention to the temperature are the keys to keeping the dish less watery.

Vice versa: if it’s a dish that’s meant to have soft and moist texture – like my lion’s head meatballs, we rely on slow simmer and aromatics to extract and enhance a dish’s natural flavor.

So from this cooking concept/perspective, seasonings are used to enhance the natural ingredients in a recipe not the other way around – covering with white, black bean sauces …etc. It makes everything taste pretty much the same.

Healthy and delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken you can make easily at home !

Can’t take heat ?

No worries. Follow the instructions below for a non-spicy version but please note that the dish will still taste really good but just different from its original character – slightly spicy and numbing effects (Sichuan peppercorns) in the mouthfeel.

So my dear readers, I highly recommend that you give one of my favorite Chinese dishes – Paleo Kung Pao Chicken – a try. And if you love my recipes be sure to give a 5-star rating and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you !

Now this is an older version of my Paleo Kung Pao Chicken if you’d like to check it out !


4.58 from 21 votes
Paleo Kung Pao Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Easy Super delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken with no added sugar & soy paste. Follow the instructions to enjoy this insanely delicious Keto/Whole30 Keto Kung Pao Chicken!

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Paleo Kung Pao Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: ChihYu
  • lbs chicken breasts or chicken thighs boneless/skinless, diced to small bite sizes
  • Ghee Avocado oil, or cooking fat of your choice.
  • Raw pine nuts or cashew nuts
Chicken marinade:
  • 3-4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger about 2 thin pieces, finely chopped
  • 2-3 bulbs scallions chopped (reserve some green parts for serving)
  • 1 red fresno chili remove seeds, finely chopped*
  • 5 chinese dry red chilies*
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns feel free to skip it but if you like sub ¼ tsp ground black pepper + 2 tsp lemon zest
Stir-fry sauce:
  1. Dice chicken to small bite sizes and marinate for 10-15 mins in the fridge. In the meantime, prepare aromatics and stir-fry sauce.
  2. Preheat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat, when hot, add 1 to 1 ½ tbsp cooking oil. Add marinaded chicken. Pan-fry them in one thin layer over the skillet so the chicken pieces get crisp up in golden brown color. Cook until they are about ¾ way cooked through. Set aside.
    Pan fry chicken to make Paleo Kung Pao Chicken
  3. While the skillet is still hot, add 1 to 1 ½ tbsp more cooking oil. Add aromatics. Season with a small pinch of salt and saute until fragrant (about 8-10 seconds). Add stir-fry sauce. Quickly stir-fry and coat the sauce over aromatics then add chicken back to the skillet. Coat the sauce over chicken and keep stir-frying until the chicken is completely cooked through.
    Sizzling bubbling hot Chinese aromatics in a saute skillet
  4. Serve hot immediately with chopped green scallions and a few more teaspoons of sesame oil if desired.
Recipe Notes

*For a non-spicy version - dice 1 to 1 and half red bell peppers to small bite sizes to substitute for red fresno chili pepper and Chinese dry red chilies in the recipe. Substitute harissa chili paste for tomato paste.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Kung Pao Chicken
Amount Per Serving (200 g)
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 5.4g 27%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 526mg 22%
Potassium 287mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Healthy and delicious Paleo Kung Pao Chicken you can make easily at home !

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