General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken is served at almost every Chinese restaurant in America. At some it’s tangy, others more spicy, and yet if you eat enough Chinese takeout you’ll even find some sweet variations. However, while the sauce might vary from place to place, the chicken is always fried and oh so delicious.  I for one cannot order a decent round of takeout without a full order of my beloved General Tso. I admit it, I’m addicted.

My cravings for decent Chinese were only fueled by the documentary, The Search for General Tso. The documentary really is amazing.  Not only does it find General Tso, but also a great introspective to Chinese fast food in America.  I highly recommend it.

However, as I’ve mentioned before, in the good ole South ethic food is serious lacking. So, finding some decent Chinese has been a bit of a chore. And when in doubt, make it yourself!

Like any tech savvy 30 something year old, I took to the internet and poured over recipes.  After some serious searching, some tedious picture looking, I settled on a recipe from Seriouseats.com.  Now take notice, only is this a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken, but it’s THE BEST RECIPE.

General Tso’s Chicken

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/04/the-best-general-tsos-chicken-food-lab-chinese-recipe.html

While this recipe is very detailed I did make a few modifications to it.  Mostly because I couldn’t find some of the ingredients locally and I was far too impatient to keep searching. I mean, I was hungry…

Bryan’s substitutions:

Shaoxing wine – I used left over white wine

Red Chinese or Arbol chilies – Sliced fresh Jalapenos with the seeds worked great!

Without a doubt this was one of the more complicated recipes I’ve ever made.  From start to finish this was probably about a three-hour cooking adventure. However, it came out great and I can’t wait to make it again.

About Bryan

Hi! I’m Bryan, a simple guy that followed his wife from Los Angeles to Nashville and am currently living as a stay-at-home-husband. This site is about what I do to pass my time, keep the wife happy, and stay out of trouble. Some times it’s crafting, other times it’s cleaning, but mostly it’s cooking. I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I am. Bryan Stay-at-Home-Husband

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