General Tso's Chicken by Larry Andersen

General Tso's


The origins of General Tso’s chicken are disputed. It seems to come to America in the 1970’s appearing first in New York before spreading westward across the nation. The usual recipe is of breaded and deep fried dark chicken meat seasoned with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, green onions and hot chili peppers. It is traditionally served with steamed broccoli and rice. Its popularity has led to vegetarian versions made with tofu in place of chicken. Whatever its origins, this spicy hot chicken dish has won widespread acceptance and is frequently featured as a chef’s specialty.

Preparation: Time Life Experience Recipe
Serves 4 to 6 persons
  • Marinade:
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Additional:
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • .
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or sherry wine
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • .
  • Thai birdseye chilies to taste
  • Rice and steamed broccoli for serving
  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Beat the egg with the soy sauce, salt and pepper and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour over chicken and mix thoroughly. Let stand for about 15 minutes
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, garlic, ginger and sugar.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces in cornstarch, shake off excess.

  4. Heat about 3 cups of oil in your wok (or use deep fat fryer) heat oil to 350° . Carefully add chicken, a few pieces at a time. Use a spider or tongs to manipulate chicken pieces. Cook chicken until just cooked through and just beginning to brown. Remove chicken from fryer and drain on a rack or paper towels. Work in small batches so cooking oil stays hot. Remove and reserve oil for other uses later.

  5. Heat wok and add three tablespoons of the reserved oil. Add the sauce ingredients and chilies and stir fry over high heat until sauce thickens. Add in the chicken, stir, fold and toss to coat. Add green onion and stir, toss and fold to combine.

  6. Serve over rice with steamed broccoli on the side.

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