Food and the City: General Tso's Chicken

August 22, 2014

General Tso's Chicken


We have been wanting to tackle a homemade General Tso's Chicken recipe for the longest time. I'm not sure what has kept us from completing the task, maybe the fear of it not tasting the same, and ruining our hopes and dreams forever?


We finally took the plunge the other day, and myohmyohmy, am I glad we did! It's almost hard to believe how delicious this is, and how much it does indeed taste like the real thing. Now, we're no Asian cuisine experts, and I doubt this can even be considered "authentic", but it definitely hit the spot!



It's the weekend, folks! Put away the take-out menus and start cooking it up for yourself! You'll be surprised how easy it actually is!


General Tso's Chicken 

1lb boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts, cubed
1 Egg
2 tablespoons Cornstarch 
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Sauce:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 

To start, combined all the ingredients for the sauce and whisk until sugar and cornstarch are dissolved and everything is incorporated.

Heat your vegetable oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. We want the oil to be very hot, so do this before anything else. While the oil is heating, combined your eggs and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a bowl, and whisk until fully combined. Dump in the cubed chicken breasts and toss until fully coated in the batter. 

When oil is hot, add chicken pieces one-by-one, being sure to not overcrowd the pan. The chicken pieces will immediately start to brown, and you'll need to keep an eye on them to prevent them from burning. After 2-3 minutes, flip them over and allow them to finish cooking. 

Lower your flame just a bit, and pour in your sauce. Because of the cornstarch, the sauce will start to thicken as soon as it hits the hot pan. Allow to bubble for a minute or two, then toss everything together. You want each chicken piece to have a nice coating of sauce. Top with some chopped green onions and enjoy!