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    Chinese Take-Out General Tso's Chicken

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    1 hrs

    5 mins

    55 mins

    TxGriffLover's Note:

    General Tso's Chicken is one of those Chinese dishes that would be hard to find in China. Seems that this dish of battered, deep-fried chicken pieces bathed in a sweet garlicky spicy sauce was born back in the seventies in a Chinese restaurant in New York. But even though it would be difficult to locate a recipe for it in a traditional Chinese cookbook, it stands as one of the most-ordered favorites on the Chinese-American menu. Just who is this General Tso guy? Turns out he was a successful Chinese statesman back in the mid-1800's. We're not sure why this dish was named after him, since we can be pretty sure he never tasted it. From the Take-Out Menu Cookbook.

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    1. 1
      In a medium bowl, combine the egg, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon mirin. Add the chicken and let it marinate at room temperature while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
    2. 2
      In a separate bowl, combine the remaining tablespoon of cornstarch, the remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce, the remaining 2 tablespoons mirin, and the rice vinegar, sugar, hoisin, chili paste, peppercorns, sesame oil, and 1/2 cup water. Set aside.
    3. 3
      In a heavy pot over medium heat, heat 3 inches of oil to 360ºF.
    4. 4
      Add about 10 pieces of chicken to the hot oil and fry until brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.
    5. 5
      Remove all but 3 tablespoons of oil from the pot and add the chilies, ginger, and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and bell pepper and stir-fry, tossing the vegetables for 2 minutes or until they are brightly colored and partially cooked.
    6. 6
      Add the cooked chicken to the pot along with the reserved sauce and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes.
    7. 7
      To serve, sprinkle green onions over the top and serve hot with rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 12, 2011


      This is really good but better the next day!

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    • on May 09, 2010


      We had company over and served this and Kung Pao Chicken over a bed of rice. Everyone raved. Preparation is a bit involved and time needs to be allowed for the two cooking steps, but the result is worth it. Beautiful blend of colors is matched by a beautiful blend of flavors. Made for Pool Party Tag game.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Take-Out General Tso's Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (331 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1021.3
    Calories from Fat 832
    Total Fat 92.5 g
    Saturated Fat 14.8 g
    Cholesterol 116.2 mg
    Sodium 1073.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 13.1 g
    Protein 25.8 g

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