Thursday, February 02, 2012

Easy General Tso’s Chicken

I love being a member of the FoodBuzz Tastemaker Program, I get to try some great products!!! 

When they offered the chance to try Kikkoman Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix, I jumped at the chance.  I received my free sample not too long ago and have been dying to experiment with it.  I went to the Kikkoman website and found a recipe for Easy General Tso's Chicken, I could not wait to try it!!!
 I love cooking with fresh ginger!!!
Little tip, it is much easier to peel ginger with a teaspoon, that way you can get into all the nooks and crannies.
I began by combining 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1 clove garlic, minced
I cut my chicken thighs into 1-inch square pieces and then placed the chicken and 1 pouch Kikkoman Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix in plastic bag.  I gave the bag a good shake or two to coat the chicken.
 I heated some grape-seed oil in my pan and when hot, fried the coated chicken pieces a batch at a time.  I was careful not to add too many pieces in at one time as it reduces the oil temperature too fast and can lead to soggy chicken.
 After about 3 minutes, I turned each pieces of chicken.
 When they were brown on each side, I removed them to a paper towel to drain.  After all the chicken was cooked, I drained all but about 1 teaspoon of the oil from the pan.  I returned the chicken pieces to the pan and added the corn syrup mixture.  I stirred for about 2 minutes, until the sauce was thickened and all the chicken was coated.   I placed a heaping scoop of the General Tso's Chicken on a bed of rice and sprinkled with some sesame seeds.  YUM!!!!  Best part, I still have one pouch of the Kikkoman Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix left.  I may try this again OR something new. 
Easy General Tso's Chicken 
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless thighs
1 pouch Kikkoman Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix
Vegetable oil for frying
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1. In a bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, red pepper and garlic.
2. Rinse chicken and cut into 1-inch square pieces. Place chicken and kara-áge in a sealable plastic bag and shake to coat chicken.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, add chicken and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Drain on paper towels.
4. Drain off all but 1 teaspoon oil from skillet. Return all the chicken to the skillet, add corn syrup mixture and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


M.J. said...

Yummy looking! A must try. Thanks for posting..buzzed

Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks wonderful

Debbi said...

My husband loves General Tso's Chicken...I'll give this a try!

Lacy @ NYCityEats said...

Sounds amazing! My handsome man is a fan of the General Tso's, I definitely have to try this. Looks so good!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

looks terrific... My favorite General!

Kiri W. said...

Mmmmmm this looks fantastic! Love the kara-age in this. Wonderful recipe! :)

Cucina49 said...

That looks delish--better than the restaurant version. I love cooking with fresh ginger too--it has such great bite.

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful chicken looks wonderful

Francesca said...

Delicious recipe, my husband is Japanese and I use Kikkoman a lot. You have fantastic recipes! Hello from your friend in Rome! It's snowing today, normally it never snows in Rome so we are all excited. The problem is that Italians are not equipped to deal with snow, so there are lots of traffic jams, trains are not running, people stranded, there is ice on the streets so it is very slippery.

Soni said...

Looks absolutely delicious!This spice mix is great!Will look for it :)All in all a winner!!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

This is one of our fav chicken dishes! Yumm! Great photos. :) Happy to be your newest follower!

Debbie said...

Yum, one of my favorite things to eat! I looked at your other recipes and cant wait to try some.

Liz said...

General Tso's is my absolute favorite Chinese take-out dish. This looks like it's right on target. Thanks for making it easier to indulge that craving. :)

Food Frenzy said...

Congratulations! This post was one of the top 5 viewed posts on Food Frenzy for February 2012.

DineIn said...

All Non Veg like mostly Chicken recipes but this recipes seems to be very different good i will try it self...:)