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General Tso's Chicken

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General Tso's Chicken
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4
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General Tso's Chicken

One of the most popular Chinese take-out dishes. With its crispy-coated chicken and sticky hot sauce, the General is BOSS!

Ingredients

2
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1
cup cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon salt
2
large cloves garlic, minced
6
small dried red chilies, seeded and broken into pieces
1
tablespoon peanut oil
Peanut oil for deep frying

For the marinade:

2
large egg whites
1
tablespoon soy sauce
1
tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

For the sauce:

1/2
cup chicken stock
3
tablespoons soy sauce
1
tablespoon rice vinegar
2
teaspoons sesame oil
2
tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
3
tablespoons white granulated sugar
2
teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  • 1 Whisk the marinade ingredients together and pour over the cubed chicken. Stir to thoroughly coat the chicken and let it sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  • 2 Combine the sauce ingredients, stirring until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Set aside.
  • 3 Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch and shake off the excess. Working in batches, deep fry the chicken in oil heated to 375ºF until the chicken is golden brown, crispy and cooked through. Place the chicken on paper towels.
  • 4 Heat the tablespoon of oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the garlic and red chilies for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the sauce and simmer until thickened. Add the fried chicken, stir to thoroughly coat, and simmer for a couple of minutes until the chicken has absorbed the sauce. Serve immediately.
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A Chinese takeout fave you can make at home!

As prepared by Daring Gourmet,

Don't wait for delivery – prepare your own spicy, tangy version of this classic dish yourself. 

One of (if not the most) popular Chinese takeout dishes in America, General Tso’s Chicken, has been a favorite for decades. 

So who is this General Tso, anyway? He was a statesman in the Qing dynasty whose actual name was Zuo Zongtang (Zuo is pronounced "Tso"). But while this wildly popular dish was named after him, he wouldn't have been familiar with it – and actually, nor are his descendants. When interviewed about the dish a few years ago they'd never heard of it. So the dish bears his name but has no connection with him at all.

In fact, it isn't even authentic Chinese!

But that’s okay because it's thoroughly authentic Chinese-American – and that's what we're celebrating.

Now you can make it whenever and wherever you want in just 30 minutes, and the results will rival your favorite takeout version.


General Tso's Chicken

Gather up your ingredients.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Whisk together the marinade ingredients and pour them over the cubed chicken. Stir to thoroughly coat the chicken and let it sit while preparing the remaining ingredients.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Combine the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Shake off the excess cornstarch and place the chicken pieces in a deep fryer with the oil heated to 375ºF. You'll need to work in 2 or 3 batches. 

 

General Tso's Chicken

Fry the chicken until golden brown, crispy and cooked through.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Place the chicken on paper towels while you prepare the sauce.


General Tso's Chicken

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat and fry the garlic and chili peppers until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Add the sauce and simmer until thickened.

 

General Tso's Chicken

Add the chicken pieces, stir to thoroughly coat, and simmer for a couple of minutes so the chicken absorbs the sauce. 

 

General Tso's Chicken

Serve immediately. Steamed rice and broccoli are traditional accompaniments.

Chia̍h khì! (That's "eat up!")

 

For more delicious Chinese dishes, visit Kimberly's food blog The Daring Gourmet.

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Tips  

Steamed rice and broccoli are traditional side dishes.

For extra crispy chicken, fry it twice.

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