General Tso Chicken is a delicious Chinese stir fry recipe with crispy chicken tossed in a slightly sweet, savory and tangy vinegar sauce
Being the only female in a house full of males and teenagers makes life interesting.
For starters, since I am the shortest and smallest person in my family, they think for some reason that this means that I need to eat much smaller portions than all of the rest of them. Okay, it might be true that I really do need less caloric intake than the rest of my family but it should also mean that at least I get a little portion of dinner.
Last nights dinner event broke the last straw of motherly patience and perseverance. I made a delicious entrée of General Tso Chicken and rice. General Tso Chicken is a quick and easy delicious Chinese chicken stir fry. General Tso Chicken starts with crispy flavorful seasoned fried chicken that has a crunchy crust but is moist and juicy on the inside. The fried chicken is then glazed with a gorgeous sweet, savory, and tangy vinegar sauce that will have you going back for seconds and third helping. I even added a little chili in mine to give it just a touch of zip.
On record…Boys: 3 helping each, Mom: 0 helpings. At this rate, I am going to be loosing weight fast.
I have learned my lesson the hard way. If you have teenagers at home, do not bring the dishes to the table before you are seated along with them. I repeat do not bring the food to the table unattended with hungry teenagers. If you think for some strange reason, you need to bring the food to the table before you can actually sit down to be seated, make sure you take off your portion and leave your portion in the kitchen hidden in a very safe place. I repeat, do not leave your food portion unattended!!!!
There is a vast array of restaurants here in Hong Kong but of course the only food here that is worth a mention is the local cuisine. My boys always have loved General Tso Chicken in the restaurants and I decided to give it a spin in our kitchen. I knew that I wanted to use the concept of frying the chicken twice as believe it or not it leaves the chicken less oily and more crispy. I wanted to find a way to decrease the processed sugars and use more natural sweeteners. In addition, I wanted to accent the flavors of savory, spicy, sweet and sour in a perfect balance in a delightful sauce. I think the experimentation was a success as my teenagers did not even leave me a scrap, not even a morsel.
Delicious Chinese Stir Fry Recipes
General Tso Chicken
- 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
or tamari sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine
Shao Xing Rice Wine
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- oil for frying
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tbsp rice wine Shao Xing Rice Wine
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 6 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp garlic minced
- 1-2 chilis
if desired - optional
- 2 green onions
chopped for garnish - optional
- In a bowl combine soy sauce, sherry and egg and chicken and coat well.
- In a plastic sealable bag, place your cornstarch and a few coated chicken pieces at a time and shake until well coated in cornstarch. Remove the chicken pieces from the bag and shake off the excess cornstarch and set on a wire rack or in dish to rest for about 30 minutes to one hour. (This step of marinating in sauces and cornstarch really makes the chicken tasty and crispy)
- Make your sauce: In a bowl combine chicken broth, soy sauce, sherry, honey, rice vinegar and stir until combined. In a small bowl slowly combine cornstarch and water until dissolved and add to the rest of the remaining sauce liquid and stir until well incorporated. Set aside.
- Fry the Chicken: Heat the oil in a small pot to about 350 degrees.(If you submerge your chopsticks in the oil they will bubble around them) Use enough oil to cover the chicken pieces when frying. In small batches without crowding, deep-fry the chicken pieces until the coating sets, about 30 seconds. Remove the chicken and wait 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the oil and cook until golden, about another 2-4 minutes until crispy and brown. Remove the chicken from the oil with a strainer and place on a plate. Repeat process with the remaining chicken pieces. I placed my cooked chicken in the oven to keep warm while I fried the remaining pieces and made the sauce.
- Putting it all together: Place about a teaspoon of oil in your wok and heat up. Add chili and garlic and fry until aromatic. Add the sauce mixture and bring to a boil until thickens into a rich and delicious sauce. quickly add the fried chicken and green onions and just stir until chicken is well coated. Remove from wok to a serving platter.
- Serve delicious General Tso Chicken with rice and make sure you take your helping out before you bring it to the dinner table to your hungry family.