Black Pearl Medley® Kung Pao Chicken - K-12 Foodservice

This recipe was developed by InHarvest Chef Coleen Donnelly specifically for school menus.

InHarvest Products Used


Yield: 1 2½” hotel pan, 27 1-cup servings

Each 1-cup serving provides 1 grain/bread equivalent), ¼ cup vegetable (red/orange) and 2 oz. meat/alt.

  • 2½ qts. chicken stock, low sodium
  • 4 t. cornstarch
  • ½ c. ginger, finely minced or grated
  • ¼ c. garlic clove, minced
  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • 2 lbs. InHarvest Black Pearl Medley®
  • 3½ lbs. chicken meat, cooked, diced
  • 4 c. carrots, sliced into ¼” rounds
  • 4 c. red bell peppers, large dice
  • 1 c. soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • ¼ c. white vinegar
  • 2 T. toasted sesame oil
  • ½ T. red pepper flakes


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into enough of the chicken stock to form a thin paste that is free of lumps.
  2. In a large pot, combine the remaining chicken stock, ginger, garlic, brown sugar and cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil.
  3. Into each 2½” hotel pan place 2 lbs. InHarvest Black Pearl Medley®, 3½ lbs. chicken, 4 c. carrots, 4 c. bell peppers, 1 c. soy sauce, ¼ c. vinegar, 2 T. sesame oil, ½ t. red pepper flakes and 2½ qts. hot stock mixture. Stir well to combine and distribute the ingredients.
  4. Cover the pan tightly with parchment paper and foil.
  5. Cook in a 350°F convection oven for approximately 1 hour or until rice is tender.
  6. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  7. Stir well before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Per serving: 261 cal., 25 g pro., 32 g carb., 5 g fiber, 5 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 54 mg chol., 386 mg sod., 4 g sugar

Recipe Tips
1. This recipe is intended to be made in multiple hotel-pan batches. If the desired total is not a multiple of the hotel-pan yield, a partial pan may be made with adjustments to the amounts listed in the directions.
2. The meat/meat alternate contribution is calculated on an ounce-to-ounce basis. If using a product that requires more than 1 ounce to meet the ounce equivalent, the recipe will require adjustment in order to meet the stated M/MA contribution.
3. For a saucier dish, add a cup of hot stock or water to the pan and stir well with a rubber spatula right before serving.