While I admittedly do my fair share of dining out, I love cooking at home, and one of my absolute favorite cuisines to make is Chinese food. I love the simplicity of so many recipes, the mindless prep work of chopping meats and vegetables that ultimately culminates into a 5-10-minute cooking time where everything comes together in a welcomed frenzy.
This General Tso’s Chicken recipe falls under that umbrella. It’s super easy, takes only a few minutes to prepare, includes ingredients that many folks already have on hand, and incorporates one of my favorite proteins to cook with: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. These are so delicious and cost a lot less than the more popular chicken breasts.
If you do not enjoy spiciness, be sure to nix the red chili flakes. Also, make a side of white rice and steamed broccoli to pair with the General Tso’s Chicken, a winning combination that looks and tastes like your favorite takeout experience.
Enjoy this recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.
2 lb chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 cup oil for frying
2 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp red chili flakes
4 cloves garlic minced
6 tbsp rice vinegar
6 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 cup water
6 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Toss each piece with cornstarch. Set aside.
2. In a separate dish, combine all the ingredients for your sauce together.
3. Preheat a non-stick skillet with oil. Cook each chicken piece until all the sides are golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan. Leave about 1 tbsp of oil in the pan for cooking.
4. Add the garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Sauté for about 30 seconds.
5. Add the sauce and chicken back into the skillet. Toss to coat. Serve right away!