General Tso's Chicken
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4-6
For the chicken:
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast cut into 1-1/2″ chunks
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying
For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tsp grated ginger
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3-5 Tbs oil--for frying chicken
Some Veggies
  • 4-6 scallions, chopped
  • 10-15 dried thai or cayenne peppers--I left these out for the kids
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 bag stir fry veggies or whatever sounds good or is on hand
For the sauce:
  1. Mix together cornstarch and ¼ cup of water.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, sugar, ¼ cup soy sauce, rice vinegar and the hot water.
  3. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Refrigerate until needed.
For the Chicken
  1. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and pepper.
  2. Add the egg and the soy sauce to the cornstarch.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add in chicken pieces and stir to coat.
  5. In a wok or large skillet, heat oil on medium high and fry chicken in batches for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Set chicken aside and cover to keep warm
  7. Pour off excess oil, keeping about 1 Tbs of oil
  8. Add in scallions and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  9. Add in the peppers and other veggies and cook a couple more minutes.
  10. Add in sauce and hot peppers, if using, and cook for 5-10 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  11. Add in chicken and cook until sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
  12. Serve over steamed rice.
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