Monday, September 5, 2011

General Tao Chicken

It was Dan's birthday so we could totally justify making fried food. I love general tao chicken..a lot. We have made general tao a few times now but this is by FAR the best recipe we have used.
We of course changed the recipe and made it our own, because that's just what we do!
If you want to make a yummy Chinese dish..this is what you should make! You will not be disappointed!

This recipe makes 6 servings.
To start you will need:

  • 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 6 tbsp white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Step one:
Coat the chunks of chicken in the corn starch.
Beat the eggs, salt and pepper. Add the flour and baking powder until there are no clumps and it's nicely mixed. Now add the chicken to the egg mixture and coat them evenly.

Step two:

Heat up the veggie oil on a frying pan on high. Drop the chicken pieces into the hot oil and deep fry them until golden brown. We had to do this a few times because not all of our chicken fit into the frying pan & we didn't want them to stick together because they were frying too close.
You want them to be fully cooked. "They" say it should take about 12 minutes. Set aside when the chicken is done cooking.

Step three:

NOW you need to make the sauce:

In a separate frying pan heat up the following ingredients on medium/high:
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup of green onions chopped into small pieces
Cook for about a minute or two. Then add:
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch (be sure to whisk it immediately into the sauce or else it will be clumpy)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
Cook it until it is all the way heated up & it becomes "saucy".

Step four:
 Stir the chicken into the sauce. Make sure they are all fully coated in the sweet goodness.

Serve HOT and enjoy!


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