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Kung Pao Chickpea & Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

Flavorful kung pao chickpea & brussels sprouts stir fry with a delicious homemade sauce and plenty of protein. This vegetarian dish is perfect for meal-prep!
Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword brussels sprouts stir fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 299cal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the stir fry:
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • For the kung pao sauce:
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (or ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch (or arrowroot powder or tapioca starch)
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter, for flavor
  • To garnish:
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro


  • First make the kung pao sauce: Add garlic, red pepper flakes, ginger, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, coconut sugar, cornstarch, and peanut butter to a medium bowl; whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside for later.
  • Next preheat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add in sesame oil. One oil is hot, add in brussels sprouts, stir frequently and cook until they begin turning slightly golden brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add in red onion and red bell pepper, and saute until onions become slightly translucent and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to veggies, and then add chickpeas to pan.
  • Turn the heat to low, then pour the sauce into the pan. Stir frequently as the sauce will start to thicken up after a minute or two. 
  • Serve immediately over quinoa or brown rice. Garnish with chopped peanuts, green onion, cilantro and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired. Serves 4.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 299cal | Carbohydrates: 43.1g | Protein: 12.3g | Fat: 10.9g | Fiber: 10.6g | Sugar: 5.5g