Friday, October 30, 2009

General Tso's Chicken

I'm no General Tso aficionado, but I thought that this tasted exactly like it was supposed to. It's got a fair few ingredients, but the prep is pretty easy, and it's still a fairly quick recipe.

General Tso's Chicken
Four tablespoons cornstarch
One cup snow peas
Four cloves of garlic, minced
Two teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
Three tablespoons brown sugar
Two tablespoons soy sauce
Half a teaspoon red pepper flakes
Two egg whites
Coarse salt and ground black pepper
One pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
Two tablespoons vegetable oil

Cut the snow peas in half and set aside.

Mince the ginger.

Dice your chicken.

In a medium bowl, whisk together one tablespoon cornstarch with half a cup of cold water until smooth.

Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, red pepper, and snow peas. Toss to combine.

In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites, remaining three tablespoons cornstarch, half a teaspoon of salt, and a quarter-teaspoon pepper.

Add the chicken and toss to coat.

In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Shake the excess coating from the chicken and add to the skillet. Cook until golden-brown, turning occasionally. Remove to a plate.

Add the snow peas and sauce and let bubble for a minute or two. Add the chicken back in and stir to combine. Serve with rice.

Feeds four.
Difficulty: 2
Takes about 35 minutes.

So hey, what are you all planning to make for Halloween dinner? My dad always made us chilli before we went out trick-or-treating. We're not trick-or-treating this year, nor are we attending any parties, but we'll probably still have my dad's chilli. What about you? It's sort of a special day, are you making anything special? I love to hear about other peoples' food choices.


Ellen said...

We had leftover lasagna.

I think I will try making Gen Tso's tofu; your recipe looks delightful!

haylie said...

I linked your blog to my blog. Our blogs are in love.

Also, I, too think we should hang out more. I really, really do!

haylie said...

Also also: I don't remember what we made for Halloween. We stayed in and watched Battlestar Galactica and ate candy. It was most excellent.