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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.
Serve immediately. Steamed rice and broccoli are traditional accompaniments.
For extra crispy chicken, fry it twice!
Chia?h khì! (That's "eat up!")