Monday, February 1, 2010

General "Love you long time" Tso Chicken

This is SOOO GOOD, so easy, and quite inexpensive. You can use chicken breast, but I prefer to buy drumsticks and take the time to debone and skin them. I find the meat more tender and tasty. I sometimes make the sauce myself, but if tired and lazy, will use a bottles General Tso sauce. To me the Presidents Choice is the best, VH also good.

Serve 4 easily.
1 package of 10 chicken drumsticks - deboned and skinned. Cut into bite sized pieces
1 bunch green onions, finely sliced into 2" long pieces
1 large carrot, finely sliced into 2" long pieces
Peanut Oil

1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons ginger, finely diced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
3/4 brown cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup chicken stock
or buy a bottle of premade General Tso Sauce - almost as good.

To prepare
Place sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk. You can make this ahead of time just refrigerate until needed, mixing again ready to use.

In a large bowl mix inredients. It will be thick. You might need to add a touch of water, but you want to keep as thick as possible. Add chicken pieces to bowl, coat well. Heat oil in wok to 350 degrees. Add chicken 5-10 pieces at a time and fry until crispy. If you put too many in it lowers the heat and they don't get crispy.
Place cooked pieces on a paper towel on a plate. Keep warm in oven (150 degrees) until all chicken is fried.

Drain almost all oil from wok and, on high heat, cook carrots and green onions for 1 minute. Add sauce cook until thick. If it gets too thick add water. Add chicken, cook until all is boiling hot. About 2 minutes.

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