General Tso’s Chicken | Pika Chakula

General Tso’s Chicken

2013-01-29

To make the meal go quickly prep everything the day or night before and store in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups green onions, sliced
  • 8 small dried chilies, seeds removed (bird pepper or thai chilies are good)

For The Cornstarch slurry:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium preferred
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup cornstarch

For the 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 1/4 cup white wine
  • 14 1/2 ounces chicken broth (a can)

Ingredients:

  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. This also keeps your dirty dishes down.
  2. Mix cornstarch slurry in a large bowl- the mixture will be strange but trust me it works. It will be VERY thick almost paste like. Add chicken pieces to coat. Using a fork remove ONE chicken piece at a time and let the excess mixture drip off. YES even though the mixture has a weird consistency it will not stick like paste and the excess will drip off. Add chicken to the hot (350 degree) oil and fry until crispy. Only cook 7 or 8 chicken pieces at a time. You do not want to lower the temp of the oil by cooking too many at a time. You can use a simple cooking or candy thermometer to judge the temp of the oil.
  3. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm- I just put them in the oven with the oven off. 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. Again, a candy thermometer works great. You can fry all the chicken, drain the oil to the desired amount and use the same pan if you like.
  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. The thickness of the sauce should be similar to what you get when ordering this at a restaurant.
  7. Add chicken to sauce in wok, and cook until all is hot and bubbly. The quicker this is done the crispier the chicken stays.
  8. Serve over rice.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Motordom on Feb 5, 2013

    At a chinese restaurant you can order General Tso’s chicken. Why is it called General Tso’s and who was he?

  2. posted by David on Feb 12, 2013

    I LOVE general tso’s chicken and have tried cooking a few recipes but these recipes seem to have been missing something. I have eaten general tso’s chicken at various places, and I enjoy it most when it has a sweet taste to it. I am not very familiar with chinese food and am really hoping someone can tell me what this sweet tasting ingredient might be. Thanks for any help!

  3. posted by Xedo on Mar 20, 2013

    I got some pretty bad soggy General Tso’s chicken take out last night and I am going to try to see if I can make something out of the leftovers. Is there any way to make it less soggy and have some better texture and flavor?

  4. posted by Samuro on Mar 23, 2013

    i love the thick brown sauce for general tso’s chicken and i always wanted to make it. i also like the sweet brown sauce in chicken w/ broccoli. i appretiate any help i can get.

  5. posted by Ryan Dunn on Mar 25, 2013

    We’re ordering Chinese tonight… my boyfriend has not been able to figure out what the chicken dish is called that he had with peanut butter. He says it was like General Tso’s with the chunks of chicken but it had peanut butter mixed in. Help!

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