Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken

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Kung Pao Chicken: a Chinese classic with rice, vegetables, and peanuts. Backpacker's Pantry calls this their "Chinese take out on the trail."


  • Instant brown rice and an array of vegetables all come together in this favorite dish
  • Spicy
  • Potential allergens include peanuts, soy, gluten, and wheat
  • Serves Two
  • May contain traces of peanuts and/or tree nuts
  • No artificial ingredients
  • All Natural
  • Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents
  • Just add the boiling water, let stand and your meal is done within minutes
  • Discount will be applied when you check out. Offer not valid for sale-price items ending in $._3 or $._9
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals (Spring 2014)
Most Chinese takeout places don't deliver to remote wilderness locations. Fortunately for you, there's the Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Rice with Chicken to satisfy your cravings far from home.


Full of flavor, quick and easy--this spiced up meal is sure to please.

Ingredients: precooked parboiled long grain brown rice, sauce (organic textured soy protein, soy sauce (soy sauce (wheat, soybeans, salt), maltodextrin and salt), corn starch, onion, sugar, garlic, salt, sesame oil (maltodextrin, sesame oil, salt), balsamic vinegar (maltodextrin, balsamic vinegar, food starch-modified, natural flavor, molasses and caramel color), vegetarian soup with imitation chicken flavor (maltodextrin, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, yeast extract, onion powder, turmeric extract (color), sunflower oil), pepper, dextrose (from corn), citric acid, crushed red chili pepper, fructose (from corn), maltodextrin), chicken (cooked, diced and freeze-dried), roasted peanuts, carrots, onion, celery, bell pepper, parsley, crushed red chili pepper. contains: peanut, soybean, gluten, wheat. Allergens: soybean, peanuts, wheat, gluten

Made in USA.

Ingredients: Instant brown rice, textured vegetable protein (soy flour, caramel color, vinegar, tomato powder, (tomato paste, maltodextrin), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar, onion, salt, flavorings, hydrolyzed corn gluten-yeast, spices, paprika), sauce (soy sauce wheat, soybeans, salt), corn starch, vegetable stock, corn starch, maltodextrin, chicken stock), garlic, sesame oil, balsamic vinegar, sherry, white pepper, red chilies, citric acid, fructose, vitamin supplement), peanuts, freeze dried cooked chicken, carrots, onion, celery, parsley, red and green bell peppers, jalapeno chili peppers.
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Calories from fat:70
Calories per serving:370
Carbohydrates:57 grams
Cholesterol:30 milligrams
Dietary fiber:6 grams
Food Type:Chicken & Turkey
Gluten free:No
Preparation Time:13 Minutes
Protein:24 grams
Saturated fat:1 grams
Serving Size:Two 14 oz Servings
Servings:2 Servings
Servings per container:2 serving(s)
Shelf Life:0-3 Years
Sodium:1,070 milligrams
Sugars:10 grams
Total fat:7 grams
Trans fat:0 grams
Upc, Ean, Isbn:048143024347
Weight:7.8 oz / 223 g
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Backpacker's Pantry Kung Pao Chicken Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Spicy, Tangy, Tasty...

Tasty and filling backpacking food is a must and Backpacker's Pantry does it right.

The Kung Pao is awesome! Peanuts, vegetables, and rice with spicy peppers. Yum! I found myself licking the bag.

Backpacker's Pantry meals are slick and easy to prepare. Just boil (purified) water, add to bag, and stir. Hardest part is waiting...

Sturdy bag holds up to the heat and doesn't burn your hands. A little messy to eat from but you can just pour it out on mess kits.

If you've been hiking all day this 2-person meal is probably enough for just one (average adult male)
Getaway Geek at REI on 12/12/2007

Great lightweight food for my long hiking trips.I?m sold on freeze dried food on long hikes or food storage. Very tasty and filling.

Jeff Guest at on 12/18/2012

Good stuff

A good meal, although sodium level was higher than other meals. I'll be taking it again on my next trip!
jah rib at REI on 06/06/2008

This was another really good meal and these freeze dried meals are a must have when backpacking. So light.

Adam at on 06/29/2013

Negative Reviews:

Inedible! Stick to the comfort foods!

While backpacking in Big Sur, my friend & I boiled some water and wanted for some Kung Pao Chicken-y goodness.

I rarely eat Asian food made by non-Asians. However, this is backpacking food and thus, my expectations are automatically lowered.

Apparently, they were not low enough. After a few spoonfuls, my friend and I exchanged unhappy looks and opted to cook up something else. We decided it might have needed more cook time so we set it aside and tried to reheat it in the morning.

Why are there peanuts in this thing (yes, I realize they are packaged separately but my friend just threw them in without asking me)? I picked out every crunchy peanut. I would have preferred to eat the peanuts on their own.

It was so unappetizing we couldn't finish it. Please heed this warning so you're not in the same predicament. For a good meal, stick to the hearty comfort foods. They're a safe bet.
Moonbean at REI on 10/10/2011

Flavor, PLEASE!?!

I used this on day 8 of a 25 day hike. It was the least flavorful of the 15+ variety I had between Backpackers Pantry and Mountain House. It may be because I didn't add the red peppers (6 year drought area and I was forced to ration water). Did BP think the peppers would be hot enough that any flavor they might add would go unnoticed? Maybe I just got a flavorless batch, who knows?
WeShuffle at REI on 03/03/2009


After a 15 mile day in Rocky Mountain NP I was looking forward to this meal. The rice just lacked texture and flavor and i ditched it after forcing myself to eat half. It's good that you can adjust flavor with peanut and red chile packets, but the rest of it was liking eating mealworms. Better than going without a meal, though.
Little Oz at REI on 06/06/2009

Better than horrible

After climbing Mt Adams and returning to camp, I looked forward to a great meal. Unlike the Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai I had the night before, I was able to finish it, but I would equate this dinner with the flavor of Ramen noodles. That is being charitable.
C-Dizzle at REI on 09/09/2007


This dinner was really bad. The rice was mushy and the sauce was thin and runny. It was spicy in the sense that it burned on the way down, but it was practically flavorless. Couldn't finish it.
68black at REI on 08/08/2009

maybe i wasn't hungry enough...

the kung pao chicken has decent flavor but the texture was very mushy. the added packet of peanuts did help it a bit but i'd avoid this particular meal in the future.
Rhiannon at REI on 07/07/2009

if your really hungry

just not good, like most things try before you bring it out there
sin1134 at REI on 03/03/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Kung Pao Chicken is OK

This is pretty good. I love Kung Pao anything. The way they spiced it up though it would have been better with Tofu.
CuzzDaddy101 at REI on 07/07/2009