Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cooking Disney: General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken, while called Chinese food, is actually an American creation. It is a sweet + spicy deep fried chicken dish served in American Chinese restaurants (and popular in the buffet line).

It's one of hubs' favorite dishes!

Years and years ago, I found a recipe and tried making it at home. It didn't turn out so well - it didn't taste like the General Tso's Chicken that we know and love from Chinese restaurants.

With a different recipe (one from Disney, no less!) in hand, I decided to give it another try. It was definitely....better! The tender chicken pieces wrapped in fluffy dough and coated with sweet (and a bit spicy) sauce were very appetizing! Not too bad, if I do say so myself.

Next time though, I will make extra sauce so not only the chicken pieces get coated, but we will have some leftover for dipping and rice. If you are trying this recipe out, I recommend doubling the sauce!

General Tso's Chicken:

- 1 large chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 3-4 red chili pepper

Marinade:
- 1 teaspoon chicken base (not bouillon; the paste-like mixture is available in gourmet stores and large supermarkets)*
- 1/2 teaspoon cooking wine
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Salt, sugar, and white pepper to taste

Batter:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 heaping tsp baking powder
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2/3 cup water
- Pinch of salt

Sauce:
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- a pinch of black pepper
- 1/4 tsp corn starch
- 1/4 tsp vegetable oil

1. Combine marinade ingredients and let cubed chicken soak in liquid for 30 minutes.
2. Combine batter ingredients. Set aside
3. Combine sauce ingredients. Set Aside.
4. Heat cooking oil for frying. Using tongs, dips marinated chicken into batter and deep fry until golden and cooked. Drain well.
5. Heat oil in a large pan and add red chili pepper. Add the sauce mixture. Let it boil. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Place chicken on a serving platter to serve.
6. Optional -
sprinkle chopped green onions on top.

* I didn't have this so I skipped it

{original recipe here, but I made slight changes}

Previously on Cooking Disney: Honey Sesame Chicken, Mom's Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes, and Canton Chicken.

3 comments:

  1. General Tso's TummyMarch 11, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Yummy, this was a good dish. Could've used a bit more glaze, but that's just me and my sweet tooth talking. This has always been my staple dish when getting Chinese take-out. Yes, I know it's not a traditional authentic dish, but it's a damn good one. And Joyce whipped up a carbon copy yesterday. More please!

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  2. Looks great to me!! We always get this when we order in - which we are trying to cut back on! :)

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  3. oh yeah this is nice.... i haven't had it in a loong time. My parents live in Falls church and i grew up eating at North China cafe take out; they'r in Fairview Park... they tso's chicken is great!!!

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