This is one of those times when a vegan dish is so delicious that it tastes better than the real thing. You can satisfy your craving for kung pao chicken — minus the meat — by swapping flavorful chickpeas for chicken in this classic Chinese dish.
I love Asian food, but being vegetarian makes it a little difficult from time to time to get takeout. While there are vegetable options, they can be less than interesting and sometimes bland. Here I used chickpeas and gave them lots of flavor by using kung pao sauce, which has a sweet but spicy flavor. Serve these yummy chickpeas over steamed rice, and top with crushed cashews or peanuts for a super-flavorful meat-free dinner.
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/3/2016
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