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June 18, 2008

Not Quite General Tso's Chicken

Not Quite General Tso's Chicken

While my first attempt at a slimmed down General Tso's Chicken didn't turn out completely as I had hoped, and wasn't quite what General Tso's Chicken should be, it did turn out to be quite lovely! It had a very spicy element along with a little sweet. It was good and I would make this again, but I'm going to have to experiment a little more. For now I'll share this with you, because really if you like a little sweet an spicy then this is the dish for you!

What You'll Need:
1 tablespoons of sesame oil
3-4 scallions, chopped (both white and green parts), Plus additional scallions cut into strips for garnishing
2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 large green chili pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1/2 cup of rice vinegar
A pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup of honey
2 cups of chicken broth
1/2 cup corn starch
Extra virgin olive oil
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
2-3 cups of steamed broccoli
Cooked brown rice (Note: Brown rice takes about an hour to cook so keep this in mind. The dish itself takes about 30-35 minutes from start to finish.)

In a medium sized pot over medium heat sauté scallions, ginger, chili pepper and crushed red pepper flakes until onion is wilted and tender. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.

When onion is tender add soy sauce, rice vinegar, sea salt, honey and 1 cup of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir together remaining chicken broth with 1/3 cup of corn starch until smooth and add to the pot. Stir sauce until thickened (this usually takes a minute or two) and remove from heat.

Let sauce cool for a minute and then strain into a bowl. Set aside.

Not Quite General Tso's Chicken: Browned Chicken

While the sauce is cooking, in a large skillet with a little extra virgin olive oil sauté chicken until browned and done through. Once cooked add strained sauce and cook for a minute or two to let the flavors meld.

While the chicken is cooking steam broccoli and the strips of green onion until tender. (Note: I usually do this in the microwave by putting a few tablespoon of water in the bottom of a glass bowl and then putting the vegetables on top. It takes about 2-3 minutes in my microwave.)

To assemble place a cup of rice on a plate and then top with the chicken/sauce mixture. Top with the steamed scallions and broccoli. Serve immediately.

Not Quite General Tso's Chicken

How easy and delicious is that?

Notes: You could do this with shrimp or beef instead. Or if you wanted an entirely vegetarian dish you could use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and mushrooms or tofu instead of meat. If you wanted to make it vegan you'd have to find a substitute for the honey. Agave nectar might work, but I'd have to play around with that to be sure.

Posted by Dianne at June 18, 2008 8:58 AM

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This sounds lovely! I would much rather make Chinese food than order it.

Posted by: Noelle Markus at June 18, 2008 6:50 PM

looks delicious! i have a WW recipe for a lighter version of general tso's...not quite like the deep fried version, but still tasty. if you want the recipe, let me know

Posted by: Jaime at June 18, 2008 6:56 PM

I'm going to give this recipe to my husband - he's dying to make Chinese food. Good Chinese doesn't exist here in Vegas. Unless you want to pay $40 a plate.

Posted by: Megan at June 18, 2008 6:56 PM

I like to make it too.

Thanks for e-mailing me the recipe! I can't wait to try it!

$40 a plate!! Yikes!!

Posted by: Dianne at June 18, 2008 8:47 PM

Wow! This looks yummy! Just stopping by!! Love your blog!

Posted by: Prudence at June 18, 2008 11:45 PM

Thanks! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 19, 2008 9:41 AM

My husband and I both throughly enjoyed this meal. I don't make brown rice very often, and put it in the rice cooker with chicken broth, and it complimented the meal. Thank you!

Posted by: Noelle Markus at July 14, 2008 11:05 PM

Glad you enjoyed this dish! I would definitely make it again. It's not quite what I had in mind, but it was good none the less! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 15, 2008 8:27 AM

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