Pineapple Kung Pao
By Geoffrey C Porter


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Please note prices will vary from locale to locale and store to store. Some of these items were purchased slightly on SALE, so may be more expensive at your store.

7oz of frozen raw chicken breast, chunks/tenderloin/strips (cost: 4lbs of frozen chicken cost me $9.99, so basically $1.25)
I use 7oz of chicken, cause I'm on a diet, you may want to up the chicken to 10oz or even 16oz.

6-8oz of fresh pineapple (a whole pineapple costs me $2.99, and I have enough leftover to have pineapple for a couple of days)

3 oz of cabbage (a whole cabbage costs me 40 cents)

1/2 Bell Pepper (a whole bell pepper costs me between 50 cents and a dollar)

2 Jalapeno Peppers ($1.99 a pound, approx. 24 cents)

2-4 oz of Snow Peas ($2.99 a pound, approx. 66 cents)

1-2 oz of Ginger Root ($2.49 a pound, approx. 25 cents)

1.5oz of green onions (50 cents a bunch, use 1/2 bunch)

2oz of peanuts ($2.50 for 12oz, so 40 cents)

4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil ($7.45 a 750mL bottle, we use 60mL, so 60 cents) (for a less saucy kung pao, use 2.5-3 TBSP olive oil)

3 Tablespoons Sesame Seed Oil ($8.59 a 360mL bottle, use 1/8th the bottle, so $1.10 approx.) (for a less saucy kung pao, use 1-2 TBSP Sesame seed oil)

5 Tablespoons Soy Sauce ($2.29 a 15oz bottle, use 1/6th the bottle, so 40 cents worth) (for a less saucy kung pao, use 3 TBSP soy sauce)

1/2 Tablespoon * 2 Srirarcha HOT Chili Sauce ($2.69 use 1/17th of the bottle, 15 cents approx.)

2 Teaspoon of Corn Starch ($1.39 per pound, use 1/100th of a package, so we'll say 2 cents) (use 1 TSP corn starch with the less saucy kung pao)

GRAND TOTAL:
Chicken : $1.25
Pineapple : $2.99 or .99 for an 8oz can of pineapple
Other Veggies : $2.60
Sauce & oil : $2.26
Total : $7 - $9
The range of the total is a difference between a whole fresh pineapple and a 99 cent can of pineapple.

BROWN RICE: 3oz worth (1/3rd cup uncooked), 1$ per pound in 2 lbs bags -- 20 cents

It's more expensive that I had hoped, but it's also damn good...

PLEASE NOTE: When I prepare this for myself, I use 2 Tablespoons of Chili paste 2x, so 60 cents worth. Start with 1/2 tablespoon 2x and work your way up to 2 tablespoons 2x. Unless chili paste is your favorite food group like me, I want my nose to run and eyes to water and mouth to burn when I eat Kung Pao. If you don't love chili paste, you're gonna ruin your dinner if you use 2 Tablespoons of chili paste 2x. Burn, baby, burn.

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Disclaimer : Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly. Test internal temperature with a thermometer, and cook to at least 180 degrees farenheit.

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