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Apr 14, 2014 09:59 AM

General Tso's Chicken

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  1. 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


    For Sauce
    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

    For Chicken
    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.

      1. re: rudeboy

        Ruthless military despot - but the man made some tasty chicken.

      2. Here is a link to the recipe I use for General Tso's Chicken:

        Apparently, others who used the same recipe had positive things to say about it.

        1. I'm determined to name our next chicken "General Tso".

          7 Replies
          1. re: ricepad

            Like a Chicken in the yard? Love that idea!

            1. re: rudeboy

              Yeah...we have eight, and they all have names. Our next one will be the General. Of course, the one after that may be the Colonel...

              1. re: ricepad

                We do the same. Our current chickens are Giblet, Nugget, Biscuit, Schmaltz, and VIndaloo. In the past we've had Kentucky, Francese, Marsala, Kung Pao, and others I can't remember right now.

                  1. re: jpr54_1

                    Two are "retirees." They no longer lay but we never had any intention of using them for meat. The others lay and we use the eggs and give away what we can't use.

                  2. re: rockycat

                    Current: Barack (a Barred Rock, of course, and the only one who can say her name), Roger (after the tennis player - Federer/featherer), Tweety, Lucky, Crazy, Rhody, Pumpkin, and Voldemort.

                    Former: Jim, Gulliver, Simon...and several others whose names I can't remember at the moment.

                    The upshot of all these names is that we'll never eat them.

                  3. re: ricepad

                    You could name the next one Colonel Angus.