If you’re looking for a unique, delicious and flavourful meal to make your taste buds dance, then look no further than Chef Peng’s General Tso Chicken! Named after the famous Chinese military leader from the Qing Dynasty, this classic recipe combines succulent chunks of chicken, crispy fried and bathed in a sticky-sweet sauce for a truly mouth-watering dish.
• 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• 2 tablespoons chili sauce
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
• ½ cup sugar
• 2 cloves garlic (minced)
• 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
• ¼ teaspoon white pepper
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 2 large eggs
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup cornstarch
• Vegetable oil, for frying
Step 1: Preparing the Chicken
In a medium bowl, combine the chicken cubes with garlic powder, Chinese rice wine, and cornstarch. Season with salt and pepper, mix well and let marinate for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Making the Sauce
Using a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
Step 3: Frying the Chicken
In a shallow dish, beat together the eggs. In another shallow dish, combine the flour and cornstarch. Heat some oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg mixture, then coat them with the flour-cornstarch mixture. Fry the chicken in batches, stirring occasionally, until they are golden-brown and cooked through (about 5 minutes).
Step 4: Finishing the Dish
After removing the cooked chicken from the pan, pour in the prepared sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken back in and toss to coat evenly. Cook for a few minutes more, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Serve with steamed white rice.
Chef Peng’s General Tso Chicken is a Chinese-American classic that is sure to please everyone at the dinner table. With its simple ingredients and effortless cooking method, you can create this flavourful dish and have dinner on the table in no time. Enjoy!