Mean Guy's General Tso's Chicken

READY IN: 40mins




  • In a large bowl, thoroughly blend the 1/2 cup of cornstarch and the eggs; add the chicken and toss to coat.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add some vegetable oil to separate the pieces.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the sauce mixture by combining the 2 tsp cornstarch with the wine, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce.
  • First-Stage Frying: Heat 1-2 inches of peanut oil in a wok to medium-high heat (350-400).
  • Fry the chicken in small batches, just long enough to cook the chicken through.
  • Remove the chicken to absorbent paper and allow to stand (this step can be performed well in advance, along with the sauce mixture, with both refrigerated).
  • Second-Stage Frying: Leave a tablespoon or two of the oil in the wok.
  • Add the pepper pods to the oil and stir-fry briefly, awakening the aroma but not burning them.
  • Return the chicken to the wok and stir-fry until the pieces are crispy brown.
  • The General's Favorite Sauce: Add the sauce-mixture to the wok, tossing over the heat until the sauce caramelizes into a glaze (1-2 minutes).
  • Serve immediately.
  • Serves 4, along with steamed broccoli and rice.