Monday, August 8, 2011

General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's ChickenI have been meaning to make this recipe forever, ever since I saw it on Cook Like a Champion. This recipe was a comedy of errors for me. I forgot to get green onion at the grocery store, which I thought would be no big deal. Then, I realized as I was about to cook the dish, we had no eggs and about 1/4 cup of white rice. So off to the store I went as soon as C got home. I decided to modify the recipe because I didn't want to dirty 4 pots and I didn't think it was a huge deal. When I served the chicken, C was curious as to why it wasn't crispy fried. Hmmm...I had never had General Tso's chicken before, but I guess I need to actually fry it instead of stir fry it. Nonetheless, I adored this recipe, fried or not. As did Miss F. She even ate a whole piece of broccoli.
General Tso’s Chicken

1 ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 large egg white
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Chinese chile-garlic sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 large garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Steamed broccoli and white rice, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, egg white, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and all but 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth, chile-garlic sauce, sugar, remaining soy sauce and cornstarch. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken to the pan and sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Whisk the broth mixture, then add it to the pan. Cook about 3 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and glossy. Stir in green onions. Serve immediately with broccoli and rice.
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Erin said...

I enjoy making chinese dishes at home. They may not be as crispy as in the restaurant but it's still tasty and I bet this was too!

Jessy said...

This looks like something we would love! Thanks for the recipe. :)

Lauren said...

I couldn't find any garlic-chili sauce at the grocery store. I bought a sweet chili sauce instead and plan on adding more garlic to it. Do you think that would work?

katie said...

I think that would sub just fine, especially if you add more garlic.

stonemaven said...

One cheat I use is pre-breaded frozen chicken nuggets crisped on the GForeman grill. They make great Gen Tzo's.

Erica said...

Olivia LOVED this today! Thanks for the recipe!!

Kels @ K and K Test Kitchen said...

I made this for Secret Recipe Club! So good! Thanks for sharing!

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