Ah, General Tso Chicken. The beloved Chinese-American dish that has become a staple in American Chinese restaurants. But did you know that the dish has a complicated history? In today’s post we’re going to walk through a little of the history of General Tso Chicken, and give you a great recipe so you can make your very own at home.
The dish itself is a combination of culinary influences from both China and the United States. It was created in the 1950s in Taiwan, and is named after General Tso Tsung-tang, a 19th-century Chinese military leader. The original dish was made with deep-fried chicken pieces lightly coated in a sweet and spicy sauce.
However, the version of General Tso Chicken we know today was created in 1972 in New York City by Chinese-American chef, T.T. Wang. He changed the original recipe by adding more sugar and spice and eliminating the traditional deep-frying. This new version of the dish quickly became a staple in American Chinese restaurants.
Today, General Tso Chicken is a popular dish around the world. Its sweet, savory, and slightly spicy flavors have made it a favorite of many foodies.
General Tso Chicken Ingredients:
-2 lbs chicken breast, diced
-1/2 cup cornstarch
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-2 tablespoons sugar
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
-1 teaspoon sesame oil
-1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
-1/4 teaspoon white pepper
-1/4 cup scallions, diced
Kitchen Tools Needed:
-Prep time: 10 minutes
-Cook time: 10 minutes
- Add the chicken to a large mixing bowl and add the cornstarch. Toss to coat the chicken.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and white pepper.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
- Garnish with scallions and serve.
-Freshly chopped cilantro
-Sliced jalapeno peppers
How did it turn out? Anything you add or tweak to the recipe? Let us know in the comments.
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