This dish is named after General Tso Tsung-tang (Cantonese), or Zuo Zongtang (Mandarin), a Qing dynasty general and statesman from Hunan Province. The recipe was invented by Taiwan-based Hunan cuisine chef Peng Chang-kuei (Peng Jia). Peng Jia was the Nationalist government banquets' chef and fled with Chiang Kai-shek's forces to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. He continued his career as official chef for the government until 1973 when he moved to New York to open a restaurant, Peng's Restaurant on East 44th Street. That was where Peng Jia modified a traditional dish to create General Tso's Chicken and made it the house specialty in spite of the dish's commonplace ingredients. The popularity of the dish has now led to it being "adopted" by local Hunanese chefs, perhaps as an acknowledgment of the dish's unique status, upon which the international reputation of Hunanese cuisine was largely based. NOTE: this dish makes enough sauce for a light coating. Double the sauce, if you want.