Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! – 80 Twenty Nutrition

Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free!

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Do you love food delivery apps? One of my passions is helping my clients discover that you can make healthy food at home that tastes way better than takeout. All you need is the right recipe! My Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken is a low carb/keto-friendly meal that’s mouth-watering and (secretly) healthy! Plus it’s ready in 15 minutes!

Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

I totally get it. You’re tired. You’re cranky. You’ve worked all day. The last thing you want to think about is cooking. But what if it takes you just 15 minutes? What if you could save money and empty calories and pack your meal full of flavor and nutrition?

Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Cauliflower was the hot vegetable of 2016 thanks to its versatility and impressive nutrient content. You know all those diets that tell you to avoid “white foods”? Cauliflower isn’t in the avoid category, OK? They’re referring to white carbs and refined sugars.

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  • Cauliflower is rich in phytochemicals called glucosinolates which the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract convert into compounds called isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol.  These compounds support your body’s natural detoxification processes and help get rid of chemicals and pollutants. Supporting this natural detoxification with foods such as cauliflower helps to reduce cancer risk!
  • One cup of raw cauliflower has only 27 calories, is a good source of fiber and provides 86% of the vitamin C most people need in a day! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in wound healing and absorption of iron.
  • Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin K which helps your blood clot and supports calcium in building bone. Getting enough vitamin K can lower your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Hooray for strong and healthy bones!
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Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free!

Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken – Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free! Recipe by Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian - 80 Twenty Nutrition

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Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken - Low Carb, Keto, Paleo and Gluten-Free!

This better-than-takeout Kung Pao Cauliflower Chicken is a low carb/keto-friendly meal that's mouth-watering and (secretly) healthy! It has the savory, sweet and spicy combo you'll love and it's ready in only 15 minutes.
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into 2" pieces
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 cauliflower chopped into 2" florets
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Tamari (or coconut liquid aminos for paleo version)
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 Green onions sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the sesame oil. Once it starts to sizzle, add the garlic and ginger and saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add the cauliflower (and sugar snap peas, if using), tamari, honey and sriracha and saute for about 7 minutes or until the cauliflower has softened and the chicken is cooked (cut open a couple of pieces to check that there is no pink color inside).
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the green onions and sesame seeds. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!
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