Deb's General Tso's Chicken

Deb's General Tso's Chicken

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"A traditional Chinese favorite, you'll enjoy the spicy sweet soy sauce with ginger and garlic flavors, ingredients that make this dish so addictive. This is a true General's chicken recipe which requires frying the chicken twice to give it that extra crispiness. The cornstarch batter gives the chicken a light coating. Don't scrimp or replace the ingredients or you might be disappointed. If you are on a busy schedule, you can cut down the time considerably by making and refrigerating the sauce and chicken up to 3 days; and doing the second stage of frying the chicken later. Serve with rice or noodles tossed with lightly steamed fresh vegetables of your choice, such as broccoli, zucchini, squash, and green onions."

Ingredients

55 m servings 829 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 829 kcal
  • 41%
  • Fat:
  • 37.3 g
  • 57%
  • Carbs:
  • 91.9g
  • 30%
  • Protein:
  • 36.4 g
  • 73%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 189 mg
  • 63%
  • Sodium:
  • 689 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat the frying oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Mix in the 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch until no lumps remain. Mix in the chicken until evenly coated in the batter.
  3. In batches, carefully drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil one by one, cooking until the chicken turns golden brown and begins to float, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, white vinegar, rice vinegar, sherry, soy sauce, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce thickens to the consistency of light pancake syrup, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the dried chiles and ginger; cook and stir until the ginger begins to brown, about 30 seconds. Remove the chiles and ginger from the wok and stir them into the sauce. Place the fried chicken cubes into the wok and cook until very crispy and dark golden brown. Serve the chicken with the sauce.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the batter ingredients. The actual amount of the batter consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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If you want it like the take out (or like my hometowns take out)...... Use Non-Dried Red Peppers, and make sure you cut em to get the seeds all in your sauce..... Also throw some of the juices f...

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This was not that good. I have used other recipes for general tso's which is my all time fav. Chinese dish. This one had to be the worst. My husband said it reminded him of cotton candy. The bat...

If you want it like the take out (or like my hometowns take out)...... Use Non-Dried Red Peppers, and make sure you cut em to get the seeds all in your sauce..... Also throw some of the juices f...

This was not that good. I have used other recipes for general tso's which is my all time fav. Chinese dish. This one had to be the worst. My husband said it reminded him of cotton candy. The bat...

This was really good. Very tasty. Not quite how the restaurants make it but that may have been an error on my part. I didn't have the dried chili peppers so I also used about 1/2 teaspoon crushe...

This was very good. I used crushed red pepper flakes instead of the chilies. I was yummy! Served over rice.

This recipe is better than I have ever had. I substituted the Sherry for water, because we don't carry it here. It was an awesome recipe and I have made it for friends several times already!

Not very much like any Chinese place around me. The sauce, which I tried 3 times, always turns out very sticky and hardens when it is taken off the heat. Way too much sugar. Maybe cut it down...

This was some really great chicken! I loved it! I used egg substitute in place of eggs, and only fried my chicken in just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan (less than 1/2 cup total). I us...

I used fresh chili peppers. I kept the pepper out of the kids batch and the adults had peppers (that I split open) and some dry pepper flakes... sweet, spicy goodness!! I will make this once a w...

Wow! This was incredible! We are saying goodbye to our favorite Chinese restaurant, because now we can make our favorite dish at home for MUCH less money! Thank you SO much for the recipe!