General Tso’s Chicken…possibly the best food ever.

general tso's chicken

A recipe!  Can you believe it?  The last couple of posts were just chatting chatting chatting.  What happened to the food on this food blog?  It is here.  Waiting.  Screaming to be posted. 

I must warn you…they are coming for my ghetto computer today.  Coming to take it away, to cart it off to mainland Spain, Madrid to be exact, to be fixed.  What the hell kind of lame service is that?  I have to send my computer to Madrid, *without* parental supervision (dammit!).  I may not see it again for up to 2 months say the customer service representatives.  I have begged and pleaded with Alvaro (da hubs) to see if he will use his wondertech powers to fix the pc in the meantime, because OH. MY. FREAKING. GAWD! I can’t be without a computer for 2 months! *eyes twitching* *feeling woozy*  Wish me luck, folks.  Wish. Me. Luck.

Ok, enough bitching and moaning.  The recipe I am posting for you today is General Tso’s Chicken.   Crispy bites of chicken dancing around in a delightfully sticky, sweet and spicy, with just a hint of tang sauce, and some freshly steamed broccoli on the side.   This lovely stuff is then served with perfectly fluffy steamed rice and some fresh spring onion for contrast.  Are you hungry yet? 

general tso's chicken

How about now? lol

Ingredients:

2 pounds (1kilo) boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite sized cubes
2 eggs
1/4 cup cornstarch (or a little more)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
5 cloves garlic, minced
a generous knob of ginger, minced (about 2-3 tablespoons or so, to taste)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin or sherry or white wine (whatever you have on hand)
1 cup cornstarch
thai birds’ eye chilies to taste
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 head broccoli florets, steamed
6 cups steamed rice (more or less)

Preparation:

Beat the egg with the salt and pepper and cornstarch until thoroughly combined.
Pour over chicken and mix through.
Let this rest for about 15 minutes or so, while you chop what needs to be chopped, mince what needs to be minced and mix up the sauce.
Whisk together the soy, garlic, ginger, hoisin, sugar, vinegar and wine and set aside.
Dredge the chicken pieces in cornstarch, shaking off excess. I like to use the ziplock bag trick (place cornstarch and chicken in a large ziplock bag and shake it like you mean it) for this, because it’s faster, less messy, and a nice little aerobic workout for my flabby arms. lmfao
Heat about 3 cups of oil (I like to use sunflower, but peanut or soy work too) in your wok to just below the smoking point.
CAREFULLY add chicken, piece by piece (so they don’t stick together). Use tongs to do this, so you don’t burn yourself.
Fry chicken until just cooked through (it doesn’t need to be really browned, just cooked), then remove with a spider or slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. You’ll probably have to do a few batches.
When all the chicken is cooked and being drained of excess oil, drain out most of the oil from the wok. Leave just a bit to coat the bottom, not too much.
Add the sauce ingredients and chilies and stir around (still over high heat) until it thickens into a glaze like consistency.
Add in the chicken and toss it around to coat.
Add green onion and toss again.
It’s done!
Serve over rice with steamed broccoli.

general tso's chicken

Pollo al estilo “General Tso”

Ingredientes:

1kilo pechuga de pollo, en daditos
2 huevos
4 cucharadas de Maicena
sal y pimienta al gusto
1/3 vaso salsa de soja
5 dientes de ajo, majados
jengibre fresco, unos 3-4 cucharadas ralladas
1/4 vaso salsa hoisin
2 cucharadas azúcar
2 cucharadas vinagre de arroz
1 cucharada mirin, jerez o vino blanco, lo que tengas a mano
1 vaso Maicena
pimientas piconas al gusto
1 manojo de cebolletas, picadas
1 cabeza de brécol, en ramitos
6 vasos arroz cocido al vapor (mas o menos)

Elaboración:

Batir los huevos junto a la sal, pimienta y maicena hasta que esté homogéneo.
Verter sobre el pollo y mezclar bien.
Dejar unos 15 minutos, mientras picas lo que tienes que picar, majes lo que tienes que majar y prepares la salsa.
Con las varillas, mezclar la salsa de soja con el ajo, jengibre, hoisin, azúcar, vinagre y vino.
Reservar.
Pasar el pollo por la Maicena, sacudiendo el exceso. A mi me gusta utilizar un método super técnico para esto…el de meter todo dentro de una bolsa y moverlo como una loca hasta que esté combinado… porque es más rápido, ensucia menos, y me ahorra un poquito de aerobic para estos brazos.
Calentar unos 3 vasos de aceite (me gusta de girasol, pero de cacahuete o soja también están bien) en el wok hasta casi el punto de humo.
CON MUCHO CUIDADO añadir el pollo, pieza por pieza (para que no se peguen). Utilizar las pinzas para hacerlo, para que no te quemes.
Freir el pollo hasta que esté cocinado (no tiene que estar muy dorado, solamente cocinado), y a continuación retirar con una espumadera y escurrir sobre papel de cocina. Probablemente, vas a tener que hacer un par de tandas.
Cuando esté todo esto hecho, retirar la mayoría del aceite del wok. Dejar solo un poco para cubrir el fondo, no demasiado.
Añadir la salsa y las pimientas piconas y mezclar bien sobre fuego fuerte, removiendo hasta que se espese.
Añadir el pollo y darle unas vueltas para cubrirlo con la salsa.
Añadir la cebolleta y darle unas vueltas mas.
Ya está!
Servir sobre arroz al vapor con una guarnición de brécol al vapor.

 

57 Responses to “General Tso’s Chicken…possibly the best food ever.”

  1. This DOES look absolutely delicious and my mouth is watering for General Taos at 6 AM!

    Good luck with your computer, I thought it was bad when I had to go without for a week!


  2. Wow, does this look good. I love general Tso’s chicken and your version looks awesome. I hope you get your computer fixed soon. We can’t be without *you* in the blogosphere for 2 months, either!


  3. How I read it… 1/4 cup hoisin sauce–SOLD!
    Lol, just kidding. I was sold from the yummy picture alone! :)


  4. i love general tso’s chicken. this looks perfect


  5. Nik! Dear God, that looks incredible. I can almost taste it!


  6. Okay that looks amazing but you cannot be without a computer for that long.

    In California, in one day they would tell you if it could be fixed then they would fix it in one day or you would buy a new one the same day! That’s insane.


  7. Wow! That does look like some of the best food ever! Fabulous!

    Sorry to hear about your computer woes. I feel for you. I start climbing the walls when my internet is down for a day. Hopefully, the problem can be fixed a lot sooner than you think.


  8. The picture looks delish! General Tso’s chicken (and chicken dishes in the same genre like orange chicken, lemon chicken, etc.) is one of my guilty pleasures: it’s hard to eat just one and soon enough I’m devouring the whole plate.


  9. I am so stuffed from tonight’s barbecue( the hub’s idea to have one in the middle of the weeks), but this picture is making me hungry.


  10. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ordered this…looks like the real deal here.

    Questionn..who was General Tsao?


  11. Bring it on!!! General Tso chicken is da bomb and the hotter it is, the more I like it.

    Like can’t these techie gods give you a loaner until yours is fixed?


  12. Thanks so much for commenting, everyone! So glad you liked the recipe! :)

    Did I not say that my hubs is a tech GOD? He fixed the pc! WOO! It was a short circut with a usb port or something like that. Don’t ask me, I’m sofa king when it comes to this stuff. I don’t know why it takes so long for service…I think it’s because it’s being fixed with the insurance policy. Normally service wouldn’t take that long. At least we have the pc to fall back on. Otherwise I may have gone even more mental than I already am. lmfao

    Peter…I have no idea who General Tso is, but I looked it up and here’s what I found, lol: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1005123001979


  13. oh, deep-fried goodness. your work here makes chinese takeout look like horse dung. and just to clarify–that’s a compliment to you. :)


  14. Looks delightful! Good luck with your computer.


  15. Look wonderful Nikki, Im so happy you can post again!!
    How is your little thing??? Love him.xxGloria


  16. Nikki: This looks fabulous! I’m only missing a couple of ingredients, so I’m definitely going to make this after the next shop!

    I love your blog and have been linked to you from mine for the last year or so. You’ve inspired me to send you this:

    http://flamingomusings.blogspot.com/2008/07/arte-y-pico.html


  17. Two months to fix a computer?? No no no no … i think that qualifies as the perfect excuse to buy a brand new one! I couldn’t live without a computer for two months!! :-)

    Yes, i agree. General Tso’s chicken is probably the best party food ever. It looks delicious!!


  18. That chicken looks really tasty!


  19. oh, no!! qué vas hacer mientras tanto?! 2 months is a looong time… hehe, long enough to convince yourself that a new computer is necessary : ) I hope they return your computer soon.
    ps. that chicken looks out of this world! General Tso’s is definitely my chicken of choice when ordering Chinese food!


  20. You’re right. I think that is the best food ever. My mouth is watering now. Beautiful job on the picture as well as the dish!


  21. i don’t know which is more stunning – your food and the photos, or the news that you’ll have to live so long without your computer. wow. i’d have to eat a lot of desserts to comfort myself through that one!


  22. This does totally look freaking good! Give me two plates of it please!


  23. Thanks so much, everyone! I am thankful to report that my incredible hubs was, in fact, able to fix my pc! WOO! I will not be cut off from internet civilization as feared. lol Party at canarygirl’s! You’re all invited. I’ll make the food, you guys bring your party hats. :D


  24. Nikki, me has convencido. Que rico que tiene que estar este pollo!!!! Voy a probarlo :D .

    I think I would die if I had to spend 2 months without my computer… mine is behaving a bit funny lately… it just turns off all by itself cuando le da la gana!


  25. We’d like to invite you to participate in our July berry recipe contest. All competitors will be placed on our blogroll, and the winner will receive a fun prize! Please email me, sophiekiblogger@gmail.com, if you’re interested. Feel free to check out our blog for more details. (Click on my name in the message header link to visit our blog. :)


  26. OMG. “Fat Balls” as I nicknamed them are one of my favorites. I am totally keeping this recipe in my archives to make at a time when I need some fat in my life! these are the best hangover foods. but somehow yours looks healthy-ish!


  27. oh mannnnn… i am sooo freaking hungry looking at this post! i am so gonna try this!


  28. Núria! Sí! Pruébalo! Este plato está por todos lados en los chinos de los EEUU, porque es tan buenooooo. jijiji And I am quite sure I would have died, too. LOL

    Thanks for the invite, Sophie!

    Never Full, heeeee! Fat balls? LMFAO! And omg yes. A sure hangover cure. hehehe

    Thanks, Rita! Let me know if you do! :)


  29. wow. i never dreamed of making this myself. i’ll bet it’s 100x better than the crap you can buy at the local chinese place that’s loaded up with god knows what.

    you’re brave. gorgeous photos too.


  30. Brave? Nah…just resourceful. General Tso’s isn’t available at the Chinese places here. lol Thanks so much for your compliment! :D


  31. You got General TSOwned!!!!

    http://www.notarickroll.com/


  32. 2 months on your computer??!! You need ME!!

    Anyway, looks like a great recipe, and I will be tryin it this weekend when I am done working on Computers.


  33. I made this tonight for my parents, siblings, and friend and they all loved it! I modified the sauce a bit though, but everything was just perfect! We had it with white rice and garden fresh green beans!

    Thank you!!


  34. Thank you so much, Grace! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! :D


  35. I love General Tso’s and have never tried to make it myself, but now I am inspired!


  36. I made this for dinner last night and everyone really enjoyed it — maybe because I added MSG to the recipe.


  37. Just made it loved it. I usually have to bribe my 3YO to eat dinner. I had to stop him from gorging on this. My wife appreciated it too. I tried a piece of chicken before I added it to the sauce. I have a new chicken nugget recipe. Thanks for this.


  38. Mmm, that looks so heavenly!


  39. That chicken looks totally photoshopped; I would know, I’ve seen quite a few photoshopped chickens in my day.

    ps: i love general tso’s chicken, but what’s really funny about it is that there never was a general tso. But it’s still delicious and it’s what I order every time I get chinese.


  40. looks like a great recipe! I was really impressed by how light it looks!


  41. Nikki, This looks freakin’ amazing!!! I love it!!!

    zesty


  42. Sounds like a really nice recipe.


  43. The best is when you actually fry the whole dried chilis in a bunch of oil and then they’re these little things with a HUGE flavor


  44. If only I could lick the flavor directly from my computer screen. That looks fabulous. It’s time to break down and make this. Great site – thanks


  45. I’m sitting here drooling…. you can’t do this to me. i was going to eat something healthy tonight but I have all the ingredients for this recipe and… oh boy, I think I’m going to have to make it tonight. :) Thanks for the recipe!


  46. Beautifully and apparently tasty. Thank you.


  47. Love the general tao! tso? tsao? tzo? I’ve seen a lot of spellings, always like to try different recipes for it. Seems like everyone in Toronto has a different favourite place to get it from. I know other cooks that make it for staff meal sometimes.


  48. I was like, sitting at my house….rubbing my belly…. thinkin’ bout chiken and pork and how hungry I was…..and I stumbled upon this. THANK GOODNESS!!!!!!!

    This recipe is sooooooo AMAZING!

    One tip: Substitute 1/4 of the chicken with tater-tots (also known as mexi-fries) and finish the recipe from there. The sause tastes soooooo good on them…My 3 year olds love this! and its pretty healthy too!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  49. My son would eat this everyday if he could thanks for the recipe will give it a try.


  50. I have to say I hardly ever comment on things unless I feel it is well worth it and this recipe is WELL WORTH IT!! The best asian dish I have ever made and really not that difficult! Thank you so much for this one!


  51. We just made this, it was so delicious. Thank you!!


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  53. i love general tso’s chicken, but what’s really funny about it is that there never was a general tso. But it’s still delicious and it’s what I order every time I get chinese.


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  56. Just attempted this tonight being careful to substitute all the American cup measurements for European metric. One of the best meals I’ve ever made. So close to takeaway quality. I think a couple more attempts at this and I could perfect it. Delicious recipe.


  57. Amazing blog post, my mouth is watering, can’t wait to make it. :)


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