A family favorite of ours when we go out to eat is General Tso’s chicken. Of course, how delicious it is depends on where we find it. Sometimes it’s too spicy, sometimes too flavorless and every once and awhile, we don’t see any chicken in it at all. I won’t even mention the grocer’s deli where we cannot tell how long the chicken has been tanning under that heat lamp. Why not go for fresh and flavorful? And, yes, super easy!
Place in blender and blend just until combined:
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of ginger or about a tablespoon of freshly minced ginger
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Set aside just for a moment.
Place into medium large saucepan on medium heat for a couple of minutes:
- 1 cup canola oil
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 – 2 tablespoons crushed red peppers or a few dried whole red chili peppers (use more for spicier dish)
Gently whisk blended ingredients into saucepan. Continue to whisk on medium heat for a couple of minutes until thickened. Salt & Pepper to taste.
Keep warm until ready to pour over fried tempura chicken.
Tempura fried chicken
Whisk homemade tempura ingredients together:
- 2 well-beaten egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups ice-cold water
- 1 3/4 cup sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon sifted baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Coat with tempura:
- 1 pound boneless chicken breast or thighs cut into about 1 inch pieces
Pour about 1 to 1 1/2 inch of oil in saucepan that has high edges. Preheat oil to 350 degrees and maintain temperature. Cook about 10 pieces at a time so that the oil does not lose it’s temperature. Flip each piece over half way through cooking time. After center of chicken has reached at least 165 degrees. Remove with tongs and place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain excess grease.
Serve with rice or veggies and garnish with green onions if desired. Put in take-out boxes and serve to your family. They will ask you to pick some up at the same place again next week.
Tempura is optional. This recipe is just as delicious without the tempura breading. Just cook chicken, drain juices and stir into General Tso’s sauce. Tempura can also be purchased in grocery stores in a box if you would like to skip a step but, truth is, it’s not much easier than making it your very own self.