Sunday, August 31, 2008

General Tso's Chicken

I recently asked my hubby what he would like for dinner, and said that he would like some General Tso's Chicken. Now, our family loves Chinese food, but it's cost a fortune to take a family of 7 out to eat at a Chinese restaurant. I've never attempted to made any Chinese food myself, but I looked up this recipe at www.recipezaar.com, and since I had most of the ingredients, I decided to try it. It came out awesome, and it was quickly devoured by the whole family. I'm going to try egg rolls next!



General Tso's Chicken

Ingredients

* 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
* 2 cups green onions, sliced
* 8 small dried chilies, seeds removed (chile pequin, bird's eye, etc..)

Cornstarch slurry

* 1/4 cup soy sauce
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 cup cornstarch

Sauce

* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 1/4 cup white vinegar
* 1/4 cup sherry wine or white wine
* 14 1/2 ounces chicken broth (a can)

Directions

1.Place sauce ingredients in a quart jar with a lid and shake to mix. If you make this ahead of time just refrigerate until needed, shaking it again when you are ready to use it.
2. Mix cornstarch slurry in a large bowl- the mixture will be strange but trust me it works. Add chicken pieces to coat. Using a fork remove ONE chicken piece at a time and let the excess mixture drip off. Add it to the hot (350 degree) oil and fry until crispy. Only cook 7 or 8 chicken pieces at a time.
3. Drain on paper towels. Repeating until all chicken is fried.
4.In a separate wok or large skillet add a small amount of oil and heat to 400 degrees.
5.Add green onions and hot peppers and stir fry about 30 seconds.
6.Stir sauce mixture, and then add to pan with onions and peppers, cook until thick. If it gets too thick, add a little water.
7.Add chicken to sauce in wok, and cook until all is hot and bubbly.
8. Serve over rice.

2 comments:

  1. I don't believe I have EVER had General Tso's chicken! We will have to try that recipe though, we love Chinese Food.

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  2. Thank you!! My family loves General Tso's chicken. It's a fav whenever we eat chinese. Now I can try it!:)

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