Friday, May 16, 2014

Genereal Tso's Chicken

Okay, okay.  If I had to pick a favorite Chinese food recipe, it'd be General Tso's Chicken.  I love this stuff.  It's what I always get if forced to eat Chinese food.  Usually, however, it is served with dark meat.  I however prefer white meat, so I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  The other difference between this and traditional Chinese restaurant recipes is that this one is BAKED and not FRIED.  So it's healthier.  Woot.

Doesn't it just look delicious?  Okay, the steps for this recipe are gonna be in three parts.

First, take a tablespoon of water and 1 egg.  Whisk together to make an egg wash.
Next you'll need:
1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (or 1/4 if you don't want it so hot)
2 tablespoons of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

Add it all to the bowl and mix it.
You're going to dredge the strips or chunks of chicken into the egg wash and then through the flour.
Lay them on a foiled and oiled sheet pan.  Bake for 30 minutes (flipping half way through) at 375 degrees.

While that's baking, we need to make the sauce.
You're gonna need:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
2 tablespoons Siracha (less or more depending on how hot you want it)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons corn starch
3 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of ground ginger

Mix it all together and set it aside.
Your chicken should be ready to flip at this point.

Now for the trickier part.  You're gonna make some caramel.
Add 1 cup of sugar and a 1/4 cup of water to a large saucepan (I say large because when you add the other sauce back to it it will bubble up A LOT).
Bring it to a boil and stir continuously.
Keep stirring until you can smell caramel.
Now pour the other liquid into it.  It's gonna seize up, but keep stirring until you break all of it up.
Put the chicken in a bowl and pour the sauce over it.  Stir until all pieces are coated (You're gonna want to put water into this bowl immediately, as well as the pot. The sugar mixture will harden.)

Serve over rice and enjoy!

Check back tomorrow for a Mexican recipe!

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