Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken is incredibly flavorful. It is a delicious, lightly fried, Chinese style chicken that is crispy, sweet, and slightly spicy.
Jared and I love this General Tso’s Chicken recipe! This is actually the first meal Jared ever made me. He made it for me back when we were dating (how lucky am I to have a guy that can actually cook?) With a recipe as good and easy as this, you won’t ever have to (or want to) order-out for Chinese food again!
Jared actually worked for a legit Chinese take-out restaurant when he was in high school. He learned how to make a bunch of the dishes, so keep a look out for some of his recipes when you are browsing Favorite Family Recipes. General Tso’s Chicken was his favorite to make (and eat) when he worked there.
Some people aren’t quite sure how to pronounce “General Tso”. Some say “General Cho’s”, others I have heard say “General Sow’s”, or even “General Toes”. I have always pronounced it “General Soh’s”, but Jared has always called it “General Chow’s”. I always thought he was WAY off but I have come to find out he is TECHNICALLY right. ALL of the actual Chinese people that he worked with called it “Chow’s” and the owners of the restaurant assured him that this is the correct way of saying it. So there is the Americanized way of saying (like how I say it) and the actual Chinese way of saying it, which is indeed “Chow’s”. No matter how you say it, people will figure out what you are trying to say sooner or later!
Anyway, back to the recipe. Now that we are married, General Tso’s is a favorite of our kids’ too. We love cooking it up with a little fried rice and some steamed veggies on the side. We also like throwing pineapple right in with the chicken to make it go further. I have seen people put bell peppers or chili peppers in with the chicken as well. Do what you think your family would like best!
- 1 Lb. chicken breasts cut into 1? pieces
- 1-2 c. flour for dredging
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. “lite” soy sauce
- 1/4 c. unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/4 c. white distilled vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger finely grated
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 3 Tbsp. water
- 4 green onions sliced
- Dredge chicken in flour and fry in oil over medium heat (in a wok or a skillet) until golden brown and crispy. Drain excess oil. Sprinkle cayenne over the chicken and keep warm on low heat. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sauce ingredients (sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, and ginger) and heat gently. When sauce is smooth and sugar has dissolved, SLOWLY add cornstarch mixture and stir constantly until sauce has thickened to desired thickness.
- Pour sauce in the wok and stir to coat chicken. Stir in green onion and hot red pepper flakes (optional). Remove from heat and serve with fried rice.
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