General Tso’s Chicken: Asian Food at Home


My husband and his Asian food.  The craving hits him like a ton of bricks and he can’t get past it until he has some General Tso’s.

I have always thought General Tso’s was to spicy, so I was happy to find this recipe on Juanita’s Cocina .  I have made some changes, but it was a great place to start.

The red pepper flakes are a nice touch, and you can add and subtract according to your level of heat.  I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons and it was a nice heat, not to spicy.

This recipe does dirty a few pots and pans, but it makes a yummy dinner, and is fairly easy to make!  Oh and parson the picture, this was a second helping since I forgot to take a picture of the first serving!

General Tso’s Chicken

1/2 cup hoisin(it took one of the small jars)

2/4 cup white vinegar

2 TBSP soy sauce

1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

3 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP cornstarch

1 1/2 cup chicken stock

4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tsp vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp dried ground ginger

2 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less, depending on how hot you like it!)

For the chicken:

2 egg whites

3/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

Oil for frying

Make marinade/sauce by whisking the first six ingredients in a bowl.  Add 6 TBSP of marinade to a smaller bowl, and add chicken pieces.  Let marinade for 15-30 minutes.  Reserve remaining sauce.  In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tsp oil.  Saute the garlic, ginger and pepper flakes until just aromatic.  Add remaining sauce and simmer, whisking, until it thickens and turns darker in color, 3-5 minutes.  Keep warm off heat.  Drain chicken from marinade and pat dry.  whisk egg whites until foamy.  Place egg white in shallow bowl or pie plate.  In second bowl or pie plate, combine cornstarch, flour and baking soda.  Dip chicken into egg whites then dredge in cornstarch mixture.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat (to about 350 degrees).  Fry chicken pieces on each side approximately 2-3 minutes until golden brown.  Drain on paper towel lined plate.  Toss together with sauce.  Serve over rice.  Serves 4.

***Note:  The General Tso’s my husband always gets comes with broccoli.  I don’t like broccoli, so I cut up some peppers and onions with a little broccoli, and sauteed it.  Tossed with the sauce and chicken, there was enough sauce to cover everything!


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