Recipe: General Tso’s Chicken

This recipe is mostly born out of my lack of desire to fry things. I don’t like frying because it’s wasteful of oil, it’s pretty messy, and I usually burn myself. The best fried food comes from professional fryers and since they’re at least $100 for a very good fryer that I will use all of once or twice a year I tend to lean towards adapting deep fried recipes to be oven or pan fried recipe. This recipe was absolutely delicious but a little too much work for a weeknight.

General Tso's Chicken
Serves 4
Teriyaki Sauce
  1. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  2. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  4. 2 tbsp chili paste
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp cornstarch
  1. 1 lb chicken, cut into strips
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tsp soy sauce
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  7. 1 tbsp onion powder
  8. 1 tsp paprika
  9. 1 tsp ginger
  10. 2 tsp Korean chili powder (optional)
Add Ins (Optional)
  1. 16 oz frozen mixed vegetables OR fresh vegetables cut in to 1/2" pieces such as baby corn, carrots, snap peas, bamboo shoots, onion, mushroom, bok choy and broccoli
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all the teriyaki ingredients except the cornstarch in a heavy bottomed pan and simmer. Once simmering, combine the cornstarch and a small amount of water in a small bowl then stir in the heated mixture. Turn the heat off and stir until thick (about 3 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Set out your bowls to do breading. In one bowl mix together the flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. In the second bowl, mix together the teriyaki and egg.
  4. Dip chicken strips in the egg and then lightly coat in flour mixture. Place chicken strips on the lined baking sheet and repeat until all chicken is coated.
  5. Bake chicken in oven for about 20 minutes (or longer if you made larger pieces). Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. While chicken is cooling, add the vegetables to the teriyaki pan and let them simmer in until vegetables are soft (5-10 minutes depending on the size).
  7. Toss the cooked chicken pieces with the sauce and vegetables until coated then serve immediately over rice.
Adapted from Laa Loosh
Adapted from Laa Loosh
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