I am a true lover of Chinese food. However, I am not a big fan of takeout. I used to love going to dinner at the local Chinese buffet, but since making my own homemade takeout at home, I much prefer that over the high priced and fat laden foods I eat when I go out to eat.
I recently started making General Tso’s Chicken to compliment our Chinese mealtime. My son loves this chicken and will break the bank to pick some up anytime we are at the grocery store. To satisfy his palette, I decided to try my hand at making it homemade. I have to say that it is definitely a 100% spot on recipe.
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- 1 bag of frozen popcorn chicken
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tsp corn startch
- 1/4 cup of cold water
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- scallions, sliced
- 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp dried thai chilies
- Preheat oven to 375
- On a cookie sheet, spread popcorn chicken chunks into a single layer and place in the oven until the chicken is cooked through. Once the chicken is done cooking, turn the oven off and leave chicken inside to keep it warm.
- In a medium saucepan, combine garlic, ginger and sesame oil, and saute for 2 minutes
- Add soy sauce, broth, vinegar, honey, tomato paste and hoisin sauce. Simmer mixture on medium heat for 4-5 minutes
- Dissolve 1 tsp of cornstarch in ¼ cup of cold water.
- Add cornstarch to sauce mixture, stirring.
- Continue to simmer sauce for another 3-4 minutes, until it begins to thicken
- Toss cooked chicken with sauce, coating thoroughly. Serve chicken with 1 tbsp sesame seeds and scallions.
This is one of the best Chinese meals — hands down — that I have ever made in my life.
So what yummy meals have you been making lately?