General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken 

Good day greetings my dear folks. This time it is all about my general tso's chicken. As per the poll on my Instagram I have decided to share this recipe with you guys, based on the majority votes for savory, stove top and continental recipe.

General tso's chicken is a North American Chinese main course that is the easiest that you can prepare! I have been wanting to share this recipe with you guys since a long time now, because if you ask me what is my favorite Chinese dish and that you can cook in jiffy? Then it is definitely the general tso's chicken.

You might wonder what's with this name. Even I had thoughts about the same the first time I heard about this dish. It is said to have been named after a military leader, who loved eating this dish, I mean who wouldn't? It is known by many other names; General T's chicken being one of them. Also to pronounce the name of this dish, you don't say the T, so it's basically "general so's chicken ". If you look closely this dish definitely has a similarity with orange chicken. Though orange chicken is more on the sweeter side whole General tso's chicken is more savory. It is one of the most favorite and popular Chinese take away dishes. 

I loooove sticky orange chicken, but my family detests the combination of chicken being sweet, while me and my mom loves such combinations. So to keep me sane while I crave for Orange chicken I always keep my cravings at bay with this yummy recipe. So the family and myself are content.

General tso's chicken is basically batter fried chicken tossed in a slightly sweet and spicy gravy with a kick of garlic. This is best had when it is right from the pan as the more the chicken sits in the gravy the more chances the coating gets soggy.

General tso's chicken is normally served with Brocolli and carrots but I like to have it with my garlic fried rice (psst psst.. also because I had no Brocolli in my fridge ๐Ÿ™ˆ) or any other Chinese main course. It is so flavorful that you can actually munch in these and feel all that garlic flavor popping along with the tender fried chicken that makes it insanely delicious! The best part is that the gravy/sauce takes you less than 5 minutes and the whole dish gets done in a jiffy! A perfect crowd pleaser ๐Ÿ‘Œ 

With a few ingredients you can make this better than take away general tso's chicken at home! The easiest Chinese dish with minimal dishes to clean ๐Ÿ˜

Without further a-do, let's get started! 

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms tender chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder 
  • 1 large egg/2 small eggs
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corn Flour 
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar 
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds

Instructions :

  1. Marinate the chicken with salt, black pepper, all purpose flour, corn flour and your eggs and mix until all the water from the chicken absorbs the batter well and set aside. 
  2. Next prepare your sauce by mixing 1 cup chicken stock, soy sauce, corn flour, brown sugar, and white vinegar. 
  3. In a deep small pot, deep fry the coated chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes in small batches. Once cooked, drain on a kitchen towel. 
  4. In a wok, pour your vegetable oil and add your minced garlic and crushed chilli flakes. Toss for a few seconds and pour in your sauce prepared earlier. 
  5. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer and add in your fried chicken and toss well, dally add in some white sesame seeds and you are done! 
  6. Serve with white steamed rice or my roasted garlic fries rice. 

Notes :

  • Traditionally the chicken is prepared with boneless thigh pieces, I have used tender breast pieces instead. 
  • I have used 2 medium eggs for the batter. 
  • Do not over crowd while frying the chicken. 

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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