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Recipe for Vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken

Classic Szechuan Dish

For those who enjoy Asian cuisine this recipe for vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken is sure to delight your taste buds. Ingredients like sesame oil, fresh garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes gives it that classic Szechuan flair without the use of meat. For this particular recipe, Quorn Chick 'n Tenders are the meat substitute of choice.

Ingredients List Part 1

Vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken Ingredients List:

  • 1 packages of Quorn Chick 'n Tenders
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 5-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

Ingredients List Part 2

  • 1/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup rice wine or dry sherry
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 small green peppers
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 8 ounces mushrooms

Marinate Quorn Chick'n Tenders

In a medium bowl, combine:

  • Quorn Chick'n Tenders
  • Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Mix well and let set for about 15 minutes.

Prepare Remaining Ingredients

While the Chick'n Tenders marinate, prepare remaining ingredients using a food processor. This includes:

  • Chop peanuts
  • Slice peppers, mushrooms, zucchini


  • Slice green onions
  • Chop ginger
  • Mince garlic

Place ingredients in individual bowls to make it easy to add them as needed to the recipe. It's also convenient to measure all the liquids into one measuring cup to be added later.

Heat Large Wok or Fry Pan

Heat canola oil mixed with sesame oil in a large wok or fry pan. When it is very hot, add the marinated Chick'n Tenders. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Continue to stir to prevent sticking. When Chick'n Tenders are lightly browned remove from pan to a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Set aside.

In a Separate Pan

Combine the following ingredients in a separate pan. Stir fry until lightly browned.

  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Ginger

Add Mushrooms and Peppers

Add the mushrooms and peppers. Zucchini takes less time to cook and should be added last to avoid overcooking.

  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini

Peanuts and Zucchini

Add peanuts zucchini and red pepper flakes. While they simmer mix up cornstarch mixture in a small bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water

  • Mix well and set aside

Add Liquids

Add liquids:

  • Vegetables stock
  • Rice wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Remaining 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Mix well, and stir in cornstarch mixture

Add Quorn Chick'n Tenders

Add the Quorn Chick'n Tenders. Heat through and add cornstarch mixture. Reduce heat to low and let the Vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Mix and serve on a bed of rice.

Not Vegan Friendly

This recipe for vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken is not vegan friendly. Even if you use an egg substitute, the Quorn product uses egg as a binder. Another option would be to replace the Quorn with tofu if you want to make a vegan version of Kung Pao Chicken.

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Recipe for Vegetarian Kung Pao Chicken