baked general tso’s chicken

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recipe adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut in strips
  • 1 egg + 2 tbsp water whisked together to make an egg wash
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Juice squeezed from 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili paste or sauce (use more or less to taste if you don’t like it very hot)
  • ½ teaspoon salt salt
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Combine the 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 tsp salt.
  2. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg wash then dredge them in the flour mixture.
  3. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and lightly drizzle or the tops with a little more olive oil.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes. Flip the pieces at halfway through the cooking time.
  5. While the chicken is baking, prepare your sauce. Don’t walk away from this sauce; it gets very hot when making the caramel base and can burn easily so pay careful attention while cooking it.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the 4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, orange juice, 2 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil, 2 tbsp hot chili paste or sauce, ½ tsp salt, 2 tsp corn starch, 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger. Set this mixture aside.
  7. In a medium saucepan boil together the 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons water.
  8. Boil this over medium heat, watching constantly until the caramel starts to turn a light amber color and you can begin to smell the caramel. When it reaches this stage, give the other ingredients in the bowl a quick stir to make sure the corn starch is dissolved then add it all at once to the hot caramel. (Careful: This mixture is very hot!)
  9. Be careful at this stage because this sauce can foam up considerably for a few seconds and it is very hot. Simmer for only few minutes and remove from the heat and allow to cool down slightly.
  10. Toss the sauce with the cooked chicken pieces and serve with broccoli over plain steamed rice.
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