Monday, July 30, 2012

SRC: General Tso's Chicken


It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  SRC brings together a lot of really talented bloggers and gives us the chance to explore a "new" blog each month, keeping it a secret until the reveal day.  This month I was assigned So Tasty, So Yummy, a blog written by Katie, that truly lives up to its name!  She actually had our blog for last month's SRC.

Katie and I definitely share a love of Sriracha and I was tempted to make these chicken thighs.  And I have already bookmarked this super decadent and delicious sounding Truffle Butter Turkey for Thanksgiving!  So, I say this in pretty much every write up for SRC, but I seriously had such a hard time choosing a recipe.  I changed my mind probably a dozen times, but as soon as I came across this recipe, I knew that I had to make it.  I love General Tso's Chicken.  A lot. This version is quite delicious, but it's not 100% what I expect from General Tso's.  So I'm still on the hunt for a recipe, but this chicken recipe from So Tasty, So Yummy is definitely a good recipe to have on hand.  It is spicy and full of flavor.  I might add a tiny bit more sugar (that might be why didn't feel quite like General's to me), but overall it is really tasty (I told you Katie's blog lived up to its name!).  Give her a visit and I'm sure you'll find something you love!

General Tso's Chicken

From So Tasty, So Yummy

1 ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 large egg white
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Chinese chili-garlic sauce (I used 2 teaspoons of Sriracha since I didn't have chili-garlic sauce)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 large garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Steamed broccoli and white rice, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, egg white, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and all but 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth, chile-garlic sauce, sugar, remaining soy sauce and cornstarch. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken to the pan and sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Whisk the broth mixture, then add it to the pan. Cook about 3 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and glossy. Stir in green onions. Serve immediately with broccoli and rice.

23 comments:

  1. So glad you liked it! Glad we were able to truly swap blogs since I had yours last month. Your chicken looks amazing.

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  2. I love that you can make that sauce with ingredients that are already at home - I never knew it was so easy! Thanks!

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  3. Great picture..looks mouthwatering. General Tso is one of our favorites too...great SRC Pick!

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  4. OH yes I LOVE this meal/recipe! And yours looks absolutely amazing! GREAT SCR post! Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Group D

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  5. This is one of our favorites when we go out so I'm going to give this recipe a try, looks delish!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Double Chocolate Mousse Cake.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  6. I'm a sucker for asian food! Especially with a bunch of broccoli like your plate. It sounds and looks delicious!

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  7. I love how easy it is to make that sauce at home!!! General's chicken is my all time favorite to order...I like that now I can make a copy cat version!!!! It looks great!!!

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  8. General Tso's is always my favorite. This looks amazing! Easy to make too!

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  9. I tried a General Tso's not too long ago and it just wasn't that great. This recipe looks just like it's supposed to. I will have to try it :)

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  10. Happy reveal day!!! I think your completed dish is stunning! Great picture! It looks like something out of a cookbook!

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  11. This looks just like the kind they serve in the restaurant - my kids would love it. Great pick for SRC!

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  12. I love to cook Chinese! Your photo is outstanding--looks as good if not better than a restaurant offering.

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  13. Goodness did you do a beautiful job on this dish! I have been wanting to try this very same recipe...thank you for the extra push that I need with your wonderful write up on it! :-)

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  14. Do you deliver??? that dish looks incredible, I would love some for lunch today! I am so excited to be a new member to SRC, look forward to sharing with you!

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  15. i love General Tso's, too, but have never made it at home either! this looks like it turned out tasty for sure. hope you find the absolute perfect Tso's recipe soon .... and when you do, you better tell me! =)

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  16. Totally see some General Tso's Tofu in my future! I can't wait to try this recipe :-) Great SRC pick

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  17. Yummmy! I love chinese food, but am always dissapointed when I buy take out. I will definitely have to give this great recipe a try! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Dang, this is gorgeous. I am loving this dish big time.

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  19. I think you already figured out that I had you for SRC - it was a real pleasure to read through your blog! So many yummy things! :)

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  20. i don't really know what or who general tsao is - but your chicken looks great! :)

    happy belated SRC reveal day!

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  21. Wow this looks delicious and even better than what I could get at a restaurant!!

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