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General Tso's Chicken (Tso Chung Gai)
A Chinese restaurant favorite. My personal favorite version. :)
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For the Chicken
boneless skinless chicken thighs
, cut into 1 inch cubes
For the Sauce
dark soy sauce
teaspoons chinese rice wine vinegar
For the Rest
, for dusting
small dried hot chili peppers
cup finely sliced
Mix together egg, salt, black pepper, and cornstarch in a bowl.
Add the chicken cubes; mix to coat, and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger,hoisin sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and sherry for the sauce; reserve.
Heat wok over high heat for a minute or so; add about 3 1/2-4 cups of peanut oil to wok, and heat to 350 degrees F.
With tongs, remove chicken cubes individually from bowl, dust with 1 tbsp. cornstarch, shaking off excess, and place in the hot oil.
Deep-fry chicken pieces for 1 1/2-2 minutes, until browned and crisp.
turn off heat, and remove chicken with a wire strainer and drain over a bowl.
Pour off all but 1 1/2 tbsp. of the oil from the wok.
Heat the wok over high heat for 20-30 seconds; add the chilies and stir-fry for 15-20 seconds, then add the green onions, cooking for 30 seconds more.
Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 1 minute; remove all from wok and set aside.
Stir sauce mixture into wok,stirring well, until sauce thickens into a nice glaze
add chicken and chilis/onions back into the wok, stirring until everything is well coated, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.
Place on platter; and garnish with steamed broccoli florets.
Serve with rice.
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