Tuesday, 24 July 2012

General Tao's chicken

General Tso's chicken (sometimes Governor Tso's chicken, General Tao's chicken, General Tsao's chicken) is a sweet and spicy, deep-fried chicken dish that is popularly served in North American Chinese restaurants.
1 kg boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
2 cups onions- finely chopped
8 small red dried chilies, seeds removed
Cornstarch slurry
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 egg
1 cup cornstarch
for the sauce
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
1 litre chicken broth
  1. Place sauce ingredients in container with a lid and mix well. Keep aside. Mix well before using.
  2. Mix cornstarch slurry in a large bowl- the mixture will be strange consistency but trust me it works. It will be VERY thick almost paste like. Dip in chicken pieces using a fork remove ONE chicken piece at a time and let the excess mixture drip off.  Deep fry the chicken pieces and remove excess oil by placing the pieces on a tissue paper.
  3. In a separate wok or a large pot add a small amount of oil (you can use the same oil which was used for frying the chicken pieces) 
  4. Add green onions and hot peppers and stir fry about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir sauce mixture, and then add to pan with onions and peppers, cook until thick. If it gets too thick, add a little water. The thickness of the sauce should be similar to what you get when ordering this at a restaurant.
  6. Add chicken to sauce in wok, and cook until it is hot and bubbly. The quicker this is done the crispier the chicken stays.
  7. Serve with rice

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