It’s a Chinese food take-out favorite.
We’ve always loved General Tso’s Chicken but we’re used to eating it out of a carton. Now we know we can do better.
Let’s make General Tso’s Chicken at Home!
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup rice wine, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and 1 pound cubed boneless chicken. Stir and cover with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.
In a separate large bowl, combine 1 cup of flour and 1 tablespoon of salt.
Remove chicken from wine/soy marinade and place in flour mixture. Mix thoroughly, until all the chicken pieces are coated.
Fill a dutch oven or large pot at least two inches deep with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 365˚F.
Carefully place the chicken pieces into the frying oil. Stir occasionally and fry until the pieces are golden brown; it should take approximately 4-5 minutes.
Remove chicken from oil and set aside to drain on paper towels or a wire rack.
In a large skillet, bring 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to medium-high heat. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger. Stir frequently for one minute.
Add 1/2 cup dried chili pods and continue stirring for 30 seconds before adding 1/4 cup rice wine, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar), and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir occasionally until mixture is bubbling.
Make a cornstarch slurry by combining 1 tablespoon water with 1 tablespoon water, then add to the sauce, stirring frequently. The sauce should begin to thicken in a minute or less.
Check out all the details in the video below.
Add in the cooked chicken pieces, stirring them to coat with the sauce.
Remove from heat and garnish with green onions and rice.
Now enjoy your Chinese food without the container!