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General Tso's Chicken = Orange Chicken?

Is General Tso's Chicken simply another name for the ubiquitous orange chicken (most likely popularized to the masses by Panda Express)?

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  1. I'm assuming you missed Fuchsia Dunlop's General Tso tour-de-force in the NY Times Dining this week? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/04/mag...

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    1. re: frenetica

      Yeah, I did see that article, which is what piqued my interest.

    2. Not exactly, but they're very similar U.S.-style Chinese dishes. They're both deep-fried chicken in a sweet sauce, but General Tso's is usually spicier with whole chiles, and Orange Chicken sauce is made with orange peel.

      1. Where did the fried orange chicken come from? Years ago, the only orange chicken I could find (in the Baltimore/DC/NoVa area) was sauteed tender chunks of chicken with orange peels and snow peas or broccoli. I was seriously bummed the first time I ordered orange chicken and it came as those horrid greasy fried lumps. Ick.

        1. According to a Wikipedia article, yes.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_...

          More deep thoughts on the the General's chicken (which pulled rank on the Colonel's, aparently) can be found at:

          http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/n...

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-...

          http://www.echonyc.com/~erich/tso.htm

          1. We all know how relaible Wikipedia is. From my experience in NYC neighborhood places, the General is spicier and contains whole chillis and Orange chicken contains stir fried orange peels. They are similar but different. this is one dish that is almost always terrible, but in the rare instances it is good, it is really good.

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            1. re: MVNYC

              Yeah, Wikipedia is the product of the likes of you and me; it's about as reliable as Chowhound posts.

              1. re: Gary Soup

                crap. I really have to pay attention to dates...