Copycat General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

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Kristen December 23, 2020

How To Make Copycat General Tso’s Chicken

No need to leave your houses, you can now make General Tso’s Chicken, a sweet and slightly spicy deep-fried chicken dish at home.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ½cuphoisin sauce
  • ¼cuprice vinegar
  • 3tbspsoy sauce,low-sodium
  • 3tbsplight-brown sugar,packed
  • 2tbspcornstarch
  • cupschicken broth,low-sodium
  • lbschicken breasts,boneless skinless, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 2green onions,sliced, s and whites divided
  • 4clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2tbspginger,finely grated fresh
  • ½tspred pepper flakes,or to taste

For Coating:

  • 3egg whites
  • cupscornstarch
  • ½cupall-purpose flour
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • Salt and white or black pepper,as desired
  • 4cupsvegetable oil,for frying

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, 2 tbsp cornstarch and the chicken broth.

  2. Place chicken in a large Ziploc bag and pour 6 tbsp of the hoisin mixture over chicken.

  3. Seal bag and allow to marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium heat.

  5. Add chopped whites of green onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes and sauté 1 minute.

  6. Add 2 cups of hoisin sauce mixture (reserve remaining little bit) to skillet, season with salt and white pepper to taste and cook, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened.

  7. Remove from heat, cover with lid.

  8. In a shallow dish, vigorously whisk egg whites until foamy, set aside.

  9. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together cornstarch, flour and baking soda, then add remaining hoisin sauce mixture and stir until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  10. Heat 4 cups oil in a dutch oven over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

  11. Meanwhile, remove chicken from refrigerator and remove chicken from marinade, shaking off excess marinade.

  12. Transfer to a large plate lined with several paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and pat dry.

  13. Place half of the chicken into the egg whites and toss to coat, then lift and allow excess to run off and immediately transfer to cornstarch mixture.

  14. Toss in cornstarch mixture. Coat evenly, then transfer to a plate and repeat coating process with remaining chicken.

  15. Fry coated chicken in batches in hot oil, until chicken is golden brown and has cooked through, about 3 – 4 minutes, turning chicken once during frying.

  16. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain and repeat frying process with remaining chicken.

  17. Warm sauce over medium-low heat until heated through.

  18. Place chicken in a large bowl and toss with warm sauce to evenly coat.

  19. Serve warm topped with sliced green onions and optional sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 2172.96kcal
  • Fat: 196.59g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.89g
  • Trans Fat: 1.54g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 136.92g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 34.48g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.97g
  • Fiber: 1.78g
  • Sugar: 13.82g
  • Protein: 35.26g
  • Cholesterol: 90.02mg
  • Sodium: 1289.11mg
  • Calcium: 46.61mg
  • Potassium: 532.69mg
  • Iron: 2.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 37.40µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.27mg
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