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    General Tso's Chicken

    General Tso's Chicken. Photo by pattikay in L.A.

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    20 mins

    10 mins

    10 mins

    BeachGirl's Note:

    This is my favorite Chinese stir-fry - slightly sweet and spicy hot, depending upon how many peppers you use.

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    1. 1
      MARINATING: Put all marinade ingredients into resealable zip plastic bag; seal and rotate to mix.
    2. 2
      Cut chicken into thin bite-size strips (approximate 2"x1/4"x1"), cutting across the grain of the meat.
    3. 3
      Put chicken in marinade and rotate to evenly coat chicken.
    4. 4
      Marinate for 20 minutes, turning once after 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Remove chicken from marinade and drain well in colander, discarding marinade.
    6. 6
      STIR-FRYING: In a hot wok or frying pan, heat the oil on high, adding half the chicken to the hot pan.
    7. 7
      Stir fry about 2 minutes until chicken browns.
    8. 8
      With slotted spoon, remove chicken from hot pan and set aside.
    9. 9
      Repeat with remaining chicken.
    10. 10
      ***If you are using (optional) spring onions, stir-fry them now for about 1 minute.
    11. 11
      In hot pan, stir fry chili peppers for 10 seconds, adding a little more oil if needed.
    12. 12
      FINISHING WITH SAUCE: Add sauce ingredients to hot pan and stir fry about 2-3 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.
    13. 13
      Add chicken just to heat it (if using, add cooked green onions now) and toss with sauce.
    14. 14
      Serve over hot white rice or fried rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 15, 2003


      I think there may be some problems with this recipe. I followed the recipe as written, but the sauce did not thicken (in reviewing the ingredients there really is nothing in the Sauce to make it thicken), and I ended up adding about 2 Tbls of Soy Sauce to give the dish flavor, as it was very bland as written. I believe the marinade would make a good basis for chicken stir fry, but the sauce needs some adjustments.

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    • on March 19, 2008


      This is spicy and wonderful! I let it marinate for more than an hour and used maybe 4 or 5 peppers for the sauce. This doesn't make a lot of sauce, so I didn't have any problem with it thickening - the cornstarch in the marinade was plenty. This went well with Golden Pineapple Rice. Thanks for posting!

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    • on May 28, 2003


      Overall, I thought this was very good, but my sauce didn't thicken, either. Maybe adding some corn starch would help the next time. I used a little extra lemon zest and a little extra soy, because I really like it. I also used the spring onions, and I think they really add to the dish.

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    Nutritional Facts for General Tso's Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (154 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 233.8
    Calories from Fat 75
    Total Fat 8.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 65.8 mg
    Sodium 746.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 27.6 g

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