General Tso’s Chicken (Plus a Vegan Version!)

Better than take-out General Tso's Chicken??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

General Tso’s Chicken is probably the most popular Chinese Take-Out recipe. Bite sized pieces of chicken are fried to a crisp perfection before being covered in a thick, syrupy sauce. Then all you do is add in a couple of pieces of broccoli and you almost have a complete meal. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

But it isn’t quite the healthiest thing on the planet. MSG, lower quality frying oils and tons of sugar turn this delicious dish into a calorie and fat laden meal that leave you feeling bloated among other things. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

Now while I can’t boost that my version is completely healthy, the chicken is still fried after all, but the overly sweet sauce takes a back seat to one that only uses a bit of honey but doesn’t lack on the flavors that make General Tso’s Chicken such a popular take out item. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

Ready for the bonus? I made a completely vegan and gluten-free version too and trust me, you won’t miss the chicken! Using Soy Puffs I picked up from the Asian Market in Rochester NY, and lots of steamed broccoli, General Tso’s Chicken becomes a totally different creature that is just as packed full of flavor! 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

Boneless and skinless chicken thighs are first cut into bite sized pieces and toss with a bit of corn starch, shaoxing wine, sesame oil and a bit of black pepper before being dredged in flour and fried in peanut oil. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

Plus, the sauce is super simple too. Just a bit more shaoxing wine, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chicken stock, a bit of honey and spicy dried chilies that provide a nice heat. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

The whole dish is then tossed into the sauce that has been thickened with a slurry of cornstarch and water before being served over white rice. Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

The chicken is simply replaced by soy puffs which are airy little nuggets of soy goodness. The soy sauce is replaced with liquid amino’s or gluten-free tamari and the chicken stock becomes veggie stock. The sauce is made in the same way as before mingling with the soy puffs and steamed broccoli. 

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

Which ever way you choose, you’re sure to fall in love! Most of all, you’ll never need the local take-out’s phone number again!

Better than take-out General Tso's??? You Bet! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!

As always I would love to know your thoughts. Leave a comment below or if you make General Tso’s Chicken (Plus a Vegan Version!) take a picture and post it to Instagram! Make sure to tag me @MosesFamilyTable

 

 

General Tso's Chicken
Better than take-out! Crispy chicken thighs in a flavor packed, slightly spicy, not overly sweet sauce. Why call the Chinese place when you can create a much better version for yourself at home!
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For the Chicken
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (approx. 1lb)
  2. 1/2 tbs corn starch
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 2 tsp shaoxing wine
  5. 1 tsp sesame oil
  6. 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  7. 1/2 cup flour for dredging
For the Sauce
  1. 1 1/2 tbs shaoxing wine
  2. 1 1/2 tbs soy sauce
  3. 1 1/2 tbs rice vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 tbs honey
  5. 1 cup chicken stock
  6. 6-10 dried red chilies
  7. 2 tbs peanut oil
  8. 2 tbs corn starch
  9. 2 tbs water
Also needed
  1. Oil for frying
  2. 4 cups broccoli florets
  3. 4 cups cooked rice
For the Chicken
  1. Cut the thighs into bite sized pieces.
  2. Add the 1/2 tbs corn starch, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp shaoxing wine, 1/4 tsp ground white pepper and 1/2 tsp salt to the thighs and toss to coat. Set aside.
For the Sauce
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients together and set aside. Mix together the water and corn starch and set that aside as well.
For the Dish
  1. Have four cups of cooked white rice ready.
  2. Steam or quickly blanch the broccoli for just a few minutes, then plunged them into ice water.
  3. Heat 2 or 3 cups of peanut oil in a deep pot and dredge the chicken pieces in the 1/2c flour.
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces in, cooking in batches so the temp of the oil doesn't drop too much.
  5. Cook the chicken pieces for just a couple minutes, or until they are lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oil and drain on paper toweling.
  7. Continue until all the chicken has been fried.
  8. In a wok or deep sautee pan, heat the two tbs of peanut oil from the sauce ingredients over medium heat. Once hot, add in the dried chilies.
  9. Cook the chilies for roughly 60 seconds so they release their oils.
  10. Add in the sauce ingredients and bring to boil.
  11. Once boiling, stir in the corn starch slurry and cook until thickened.
  12. Toss in the fried chicken pieces and steamed broccoli and continue to cook until everything is heated through.
  13. Serve over rice.
Notes
  1. Do NOT eat the peppers unless you want to die!
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Ready for the Vegan Version???

Vegan and Gluten Free General Tso's
A completely vegan and gluten free version of a popular Chinese Take-out: General Tso's Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. For the Sauce
  2. 1 1/2 tbs shaoxing wine
  3. 1 1/2 tbs liquid amino's or tamari (Gluten Free Soy Sauce)
  4. 1 1/2 tbs rice vinegar
  5. 1 1/2 tbs honey
  6. 1 cup veggie stock
  7. 6-10 dried red chilies
  8. 2 tbs peanut oil
  9. 2 tbs corn starch
  10. 2 tbs water
Also Needed
  1. 4oz Soy Puffs
  2. 4 cups broccoli florets
  3. 4 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. For the Sauce
  2. Combine the first 5 ingredients together and set aside. Mix together the water and corn starch and set that aside as well.
  3. For the Dish
  4. Have four cups of cooked white rice ready.
  5. Steam or quickly blanch the broccoli for just a few minutes, then plunged them into ice water.
  6. In a wok or deep sautee pan, heat the two tbs of peanut oil from the sauce ingredients over medium heat. Once hot, add in the dried chilies.
  7. Cook the chilies for roughly 60 seconds so they release their oils.
  8. Add in the sauce ingredients and bring to boil.
  9. Once boiling, stir in the corn starch slurry and cook until thickened.
  10. Toss in the soy puffs and steamed broccoli and continue to cook until everything is heated through.
  11. Serve over rice.
Notes
  1. Do NOT eat the peppers unless you want to die!
Moses Family Table http://mosesfamilytable.com/

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