General Tso’s Chicken is a very popular deep fried sweet, sour and spicy dish found in many Chinese restaurants. But the idea of deep frying at home is not only extra work and extra mess but who wants the extra calories? We choose to pan-fry the chicken with very little oil. And if you love spicy like our family does, in addition to using dried crushed red chili peppers, buy a bottle of Sriracha hot chili sauce from the Asian section of your supermarket. Just add a teaspoon of Sriracha into the sauce to really kick it up a notch!
1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon pure honey
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili pepper
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chili sauce
Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. On a large plate, mix 3 tablespoons flour with ½ teaspoon of salt together. Add chicken cubes a few pieces at the time onto the plate. Roll and coat chicken well with the flour and salt mixture. Set aside. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.
Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the floured chicken cubes to pan. Use a pair of chopsticks or fork to separate the chicken pieces so they do not stick together. Pan-fry the chicken pieces for about 3 minutes until golden brown. Turn the chicken pieces over and fry the other side for another 3 minutes. When all the chicken cubes are browned and fully cooked, stir the sauce mixture and pour over chicken. Mix together well and stir fry for a few seconds. Serve hot on a bed of green leaves lettuces.
Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Note: If you are still wanting that traditional General Tso’s Chicken after all, we recommend following the batter and deep-frying steps found in our Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe. Once the chicken cubes are deep fried, add to wok and stir fry with the hot sauce recipe above. Enjoy!