Thursday, April 2, 2015

General Tso's Chicken

Chinese Take Out at Home - it only gets better!!!!
Bobbie, Moderator of the Celiac Delphi Forum makes an awesome General Tso's Chicken which I adapted here to the Chinese Take Out  I remember.

I prefer chicken tenders or thighs, thighs take patience to chop I didn’t have patience today.

Sugar missed the photo shoot it almost missed the sauce-it was a last minute add in;0)

minced ginger
fresh ginger gives the dish the Chinese restaurant taste only use powdered if you have no other option

Mix the soy sauce, with the rest of the sauce ingredients, set aside
Thai Chili Peppers
My Daughter grew red chile peppers last summer, dried them
they would be perfect to add to the sauce but they are at home and I’m not
I prefer my chicken naked if you want yours covered in deep fried crunch
those directions are at the bottom of this post.
In large skillet brown chicken set aside
- turn all the chicken so the golden pieces look good for the photo shoot.
Steam fresh broccoli in microwave 2 minutes, set aside

In the same skillet you browned the chicken, sauté the red pepper 2 minutes

 Add the sauce cook over medium heat simmer until sauce thickens, add chicken,
stir add broccoli, when everything is heated through add scallions and serve 

The easiest way to chop scallions is to cut them with scissors
General Tso's Chicken 
Sauce 1 1/2 cup gf chicken broth (I usually use Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock)
3 Tbs cornstarch
4Tbs sugar
4 Tbs  soy sauce , lachoy is gluten free
3 Tbs white wine vinegar
Ginger fresh 2” piece chopped = 2 tsp or 1 tsp ground ginger
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes or 2 dried chili peppers minced
5-6 cups chopped broccoli – a good head or frozen
1/2 red bell pepper
2 tsp. olive oil,  vegetable oil works
1 1/2 lb uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 2-inch pieces
4 medium scallions, chopped
2 cups cooked rice
In a medium bowl, mix together broth, cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger; set aside. 
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken cook until browned all over, about five minutes, set aside.  If you are using battered fried version skip this step for the fried directions below.
In the same large skillet sauté red pepper, 2 minutes.  Add sauce, simmer until sauce thickens, add chicken, stir, add broccoli, heat through.   Add scallions.  Serve over rice. 

If you don't want broccoli in your General Tso's Chicken don't add it. 
To fry chicken for General Tso's Chicken
Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Combine the chicken cubes with the egg,  and pepper. Add enough cornstarch to nicely coat the chicken, using cooking chopsticks or your fingers to mix it in.
Heat the oil in a wok to between 350 and 360 degrees Fahrenheit
Drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil, a few pieces at a time, and deep-fry until crispy (3 to 4 minutes). Remove the chicken cubes and drain on paper towels.

Follow this post to get my favorite at Home Chinese Take Out recipes
Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Chicken or Beef Teriyaki,  pork dumplings just a few things I'll be adding