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Video:How to Make General Tso's Chicken

with Gina Miller

General Tso's chicken is a classic Chinese-American dish. Here is a delicious recipe for General Tso's chicken so that you can ditch the take-out.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make General Tso's Chicken

Hi, I'm Gina Miller with About.com Food and I am making a sweet and spicy deep-fried Chinese chicken dish that is popular in many restaurants: General Tso's chicken.

Now we're not sure if there was really a General Tso, but this dish is believed to have been introduced to New York City in the early 1970s. There are three steps in making General Tso's Chicken: creating the sauce, deep frying the chicken and finally cooking the entire dish in a wok.

Make the Sauce for the General Tso's Chicken

First we'll make the sauce. Here are the ingredients you will need:
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hot chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt, no MSG
In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Mix together. Add the garlic, ginger, sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and white wine vinegar. Then add the chicken broth and the seasoned salt without MSG.

Stir all of the ingredients together until the sugar dissolves.Then refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Deep-Fry the Chicken to Make General Tso's Chicken

OK, step 2 -- frying the chicken. Here are the ingredients you'll need:
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, uncooked, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups of vegetable oil (for the deep fryer)
In a large bowl, combine the cleaned, uncooked chopped chicken, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 1/2 cup soy sauce and the pepper. Stir in the beaten egg. Add 1 cup of cornstarc hand stir until the chicken is evenly coated.

Divide chicken into small quantities and deep fry in 4 cups of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet or deep fryer at 350 degrees F until crispy. Drain the chicken on paper towels.

Cook Everything Together to Make General Tso's Chicken

And finally we'll cook everything in the wok, but there are a couple more ingredients you'll need:
  • 3 Tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cups of chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup of red chili pepper paste
Place a small amount of oil in the wok and heat until it's hot. Here's a tip: Be careful not to burn the oil and never use soap to wash your wok. Just coat with some oil before putting it away.

Ok, now let's add the green onions and the red chili pepper sauce, then stir-fry briefly. Reduce heat to medium. Now remove the sauce from the refrigerator, stir and add the sauce to the heated wok.

Reduce the head to low and add the fried chicken and cook until the sauce thickens and all the flavors are combined, usually 5 minutes. Serve with brown or white steamed rice. This is a really delicious dish and your family and friends will be impressed.

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