General Tso's Chicken
- jpr54_1 Apr 14, 2014 09:59 AM
No, but this is going on my "to-try" list right now! I've had hit-or-miss success with Kenji's recipes, though...
This is our go-to for GT chicken - technically the PF Chang's knockoff. (Originally from Epicurious, but the link seems to be dead now, so pasted below...) I have to make it less spicy so the 3yo will eat it, so we add our own heat at the end.
P. F. Chang's Chang's Spicy Chicken
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (3 to 4 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 3 onions)
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup vegetable oil [less!]
2 chicken breast fillets
1/3 cup cornstarch
Make the sauce by heating 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Sauté the garlic and onion in the oil for just a few seconds, not allowing the ingredients to burn, then quickly add the pineapple juice, followed by chili sauce, vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce.
Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water and add it to the other ingredients in the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to simmer on medium/high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a wok or a medium saucepan over medium heat.
While oil heats up, chop chicken breast fillets into bite-size pieces. In a medium bowl, toss chicken pieces with cornstarch until well-dusted.
Sauté coated chicken in the hot oil, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Remove chicken to a rack or paper towels to drain for a moment. Pour chicken into a medium bowl, add sauce and toss well to coat chicken. Serve immediately with rice on the side.
Notes: Used 2-3 T oil to stirfry chicken, that was plenty. Subbed ketchup for chili sauce. Added sriracha to individual servings.
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