General Tso’s Chicken – My Way

ImageGeneral Tso’s Chicken, it’s the chicken that we order when we get Chinese takeout late late at night, and then warm up it up in the morning. It’s sweet, salty and savory goodness. But, long long ago ( 4years ago, really) princess moved away from the closest Chinese takeout and couldn’t get it anymore. She craved it. So she googled and googled and googled till her fingers were nimble and tested and tasted until she came up with a General Tso’s that would do justice!  General Tso would be very proud. And this recipe will work for you too, wherever you are… whether your next door to Chinese takeout or thousands of miles away from good takeout, because trust me if I could make it in Nigeria, you can make it anywhere.

General Tso Chicken to make General Tso Proud!

Serves 4

1.5 pounds of Chicken Breast Legs or 0.75 kilos or Chicken Breasts ( deboned, cut up into chicken nuggets)

1-1 1/2 cups of Flour ( All purpose white)

A pinch or two of Salt

A pinch of two of black pepper

Oil for frying

Take your cut up chicken ( you can use any chicken as long as it skinless and boneless) and season it with salt and black pepper. You can do this by hand or toss it. ( use salt to taste) Then add in your flour and toss it and make sure the chicken is coated with flour. When the oil is hot and splutters (350+ degress farenheit) add in some of your chicken and fry till golden brown. Fry your chicken in batches (you could do this in a deep fryer or just a wok or deep pot) (so the oil doesn’t get to cold and your chicken ‘sucks oil’ (gets soggy) (  some recipes use corn flour, but just dredging in flour is fool-proof and will use corn-starch later). Make sure your chicken is light brown, not too deep in color just slighty crisp. After frying all the chicken leave it to rest on a plate while you prepare the sauce.

General Tso’s Sauce

1/2 cup of corn flour or corn starch

2 tablespoons vineagar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar or white ( it really doesn’t matter but brown gives it a better flavor)

1 1/2 cup chicken stock ( if you don’t have it in the house or something, just take a boullion cube or powdered chicken stock and dissolve it in boiling water)

A teaspoon of minced garlic

2 teaspoons of minced ginger

( some recipes have wine in it, but I’m not legal yet, so I just improvised with the vineagar)

For the pan, three tablespoons of oil, and two tablespoons of chopped green onion

 Mix the sauce ingridients in a bowl and keep, Heat the oil on medium heat in a pan, once hot sautte green onion, once sauteed add chicken (and broccoli, if you’d like) and add the sauce, shake it or stir lightly and cover for 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Then serve over warm rice, and it’s Chinese takeout all over again baby! Chinese takeout! 🙂 Please do be aware that this recipe is additive and is super good. Of course, you can follow the recipe step by step, but unlike baking cooking is an art, so feel free to do what you think would be right. For instance, I added a few “tatache” nigerian hot peppers, for a local twist. So go forth and conquer with this delish General Tso’s.

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