Feb 9, 2017

How to Boil Water: General Tso's Chicken

I don't know about you but we love Chinese food around here. We order take out every once in awhile but mostly we just go without. We don't have anywhere that we love to go and always end up with too much food and paying too much when we order. So normally when I get a craving for Chinese I make it so I'm always looking for new Chinese recipes to try.

Dinner Brought To You By: Dinner then Dessert

Here's What You Need:
1 lb chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch chunks
1/4 cup cornstarch
Oil for frying
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
-For the Sauce-
3 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp hoisin sauce
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch

Here's What You Do:
Toss the chicken thighs with a quarter cup of cornstarch and let sit while you mix the sauce ingredients.

Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar and tbsp of cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk together.

Add the chicken to a pan with the oil and fry until crispy.

Drain all but a tbsp of oil and add the chili flakes, ginger and garlic. Cook until you smell the garlic (about 30 seconds).

Add in the chicken and toss, then add in the sauce. Stir for about 30 seconds until thickened.

Serve immediately.








So a couple things about this meal.

I didn't add enough oil to my pan so they didn't really fry up and get crispy. But they were cooked so that's big for me these days considering I have been struggling with cooking lately. I also added all the chicken which meant way too much chicken in the pan. They cooked okay but not as good as they could have been. So add more oil and less chicken.

I also had a weird problem - I think it's probably associated with too little oil - where the chicken stuck to the bottom of the pan. So that was weird and a pain to get off later. It didn't seem to affect the taste at all.

Overall this meal was delicious. We also had Jasmine rice which is my favorite kind of rice. And I made crab wontons. (You can get the recipe for the Crab Wontons here, just ignore the first part of the post unless you are interested in Chicken Egg Drop Soup.) The best part of this meal was that it was actually pretty easy. I have made very involved Chinese meals which by the end I want to cry and am just exhausted and quite frankly don't want to eat it, but this one was delicious and easy so it was perfect. I highly recommend it if you love General Tso's Chicken.

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