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    General Tso's Chicken (Tso Chung Gai)

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    Sue Lau's Note:

    A Chinese restaurant favorite. My personal favorite version. :)

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    Ingredients:

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    For the Sauce

    For the Rest

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Mix together egg, salt, black pepper, and cornstarch in a bowl.
    2. 2
      Add the chicken cubes; mix to coat, and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
    3. 3
      In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger,hoisin sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and sherry for the sauce; reserve.
    4. 4
      Heat wok over high heat for a minute or so; add about 3 1/2-4 cups of peanut oil to wok, and heat to 350 degrees F.
    5. 5
      With tongs, remove chicken cubes individually from bowl, dust with 1 tbsp. cornstarch, shaking off excess, and place in the hot oil.
    6. 6
      Deep-fry chicken pieces for 1 1/2-2 minutes, until browned and crisp.
    7. 7
      turn off heat, and remove chicken with a wire strainer and drain over a bowl.
    8. 8
      Pour off all but 1 1/2 tbsp. of the oil from the wok.
    9. 9
      Heat the wok over high heat for 20-30 seconds; add the chilies and stir-fry for 15-20 seconds, then add the green onions, cooking for 30 seconds more.
    10. 10
      Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 1 minute; remove all from wok and set aside.
    11. 11
      Stir sauce mixture into wok,stirring well, until sauce thickens into a nice glaze
    12. 12
      add chicken and chilis/onions back into the wok, stirring until everything is well coated, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.
    13. 13
      Place on platter; and garnish with steamed broccoli florets.
    14. 14
      Serve with rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 16, 2002

      55

      FABULOUS. Worth the effort, though not as easy as a 20-min prep recipe may seem. Set your kitchen up like a kitchen show, with all the ingredients ready beforehand and you'll be ready to wok and roll! Doubel the sauce recipe and you'll be evn happier.

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    • on April 01, 2003

      55

      What a fantastic recipe, this was so good my husband will not take me out to a Chinese restaurant anymore!!!! We had this in restaurants but I thought this was better. With many Chinese dishes I don't achieve "that restaurant taste" I did with this one!! Worth the effort, thank you so much for posting this.

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    • on August 21, 2002

      55

      We LOVED this dish. It is just as good as the General's Chicken we get from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. Yum! Yum! : ) mmm29

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    Nutritional Facts for General Tso's Chicken (Tso Chung Gai)

    Serving Size: 1 (236 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 235.7
     
    Calories from Fat 56
    23%
    Total Fat 6.2 g
    9%
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    8%
    Cholesterol 141.1 mg
    47%
    Sodium 1040.5 mg
    43%
    Total Carbohydrate 16.9 g
    5%
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    4%
    Sugars 6.1 g
    24%
    Protein 27.8 g
    55%

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    rice wine vinegar

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