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General Tso’s Chicken

 
This recipe belongs to the top 10% of the most popular recipes.popular
This recipe can be made gluten free by choosing gluten-free versions of basic ingredients commonly found in supermarkets or online.gluten-free
This recipe can be made completely dairy-free.dairy-free
 
One serving costs about $0.86

$0.86 per serving

5373 people like this recipe

5,373 likes

This recipe is ready in 30 minutes

Ready in 30 minutes

spoonacular Score:47%

Spoonacular Score: 47%

 

General Tso’s Chicken requires roughly 30 minutes from start to finish. For 86 cents per serving, this recipe covers 10% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This main course has 343 calories, 20g of protein, and 19g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 4. If you have hoisin sauce, garlic, water, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. To use up the water you could follow this main course with the Watermelon-Peach Slushies as a dessert. 5372 people have made this recipe and would make it again. It is brought to you by Dinner, then Dessert. It is a good option if you're following a gluten free and dairy free diet. Overall, this recipe earns a solid spoonacular score of 70%. General Tso's Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, and General Tso’s Chicken are very similar to this recipe.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc are my top picks for Chicken. White meat is typically paired with white wine as to not overpower the flavor of the meat, so chardonnay and sauvignon blanc are safe choices. Chicken prepared with a tomato sauce or certainly a red wine sauce can and should be served with a red like a pinot noir. The Waterbrook Reserve Chardonnay with a 5 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 20 dollars per bottle.

Waterbrook Reserve Chardonnay

Beautiful and golden in color, this chardonnay has persistent ripe pear and lychee flavors that are complemented by a subtle, sweet toasty oak. Very balanced acid harmonizes the thick viscosity of this ripe and decadent wine.

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Ingredients

Servings:
1 lb
1 lb chicken thighs
chicken thighs
0.25 cups
0.25 cups cornstarch
cornstarch
some
some oil
oil
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp ginger
ginger
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps red chili flakes
red chili flakes
2 cloves
2 cloves garlic
garlic
3 Tbsps
3 Tbsps rice vinegar
rice vinegar
3 Tbsps
3 Tbsps soy sauce
soy sauce
2 tsps
2 tsps hoisin sauce
hoisin sauce
0.25 cups
0.25 cups water
water
3 Tbsps
3 Tbsps sugar
sugar
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp cornstarch
cornstarch
1 lb chicken thighs
1 lb
chicken thighs
0.25 cups cornstarch
0.25 cups
cornstarch
some oil
some
oil
1 Tbsp ginger
1 Tbsp
ginger
0.5 tsps red chili flakes
0.5 tsps
red chili flakes
2 cloves garlic
2 cloves
garlic
3 Tbsps rice vinegar
3 Tbsps
rice vinegar
3 Tbsps soy sauce
3 Tbsps
soy sauce
2 tsps hoisin sauce
2 tsps
hoisin sauce
0.25 cups water
0.25 cups
water
3 Tbsps sugar
3 Tbsps
sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp
cornstarch

Equipment

whisk
whisk
bowl
bowl
frying pan
frying pan
whisk
whisk
bowl
bowl
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Dinner, then Dessert

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.17
Ingredient
1 pound chicken thighs
1/4 cup cornstarch
some oil
1 tablespoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Price
$3.52
$0.14
$0.04
$0.04
$0.05
$0.13
$0.20
$0.37
$0.11
$0.05
$0.03
$4.67

Tips

Health Tips

  • If you're following a gluten-free diet, be sure to find a gluten-free soy sauce!

  • Many people will tell you to remove the skin on your chicken to cut down on fat. This is true, but if you like the taste, leave it on! You're only gaining a little fat for a lot of flavor. Plus, a little over half of the fat in chicken skin is monounsatured fat (that's a heart-healthy kind) and the notion that saturated fat is unhealthy is being questioned too. So in our opinion: dig in, skin and all!

  • You can reduce your sodium intake by choosing lower-sodium soy sauce.

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • get more health tips

Price Tips

  • If you find meat (especially grassfed and/or organic meat!) on sale, stock up and freeze it. Ground meat will stay good 3-4 months, while steaks, chops, etc., will be fine for at least 4 months.

Cooking Tips

  • Keeping ginger on hand all the time doesn't mean you have to buy bottled ginger. Instead, freeze fresh ginger whole and grate what you need while its still frozen.

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • Corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot powder, and tapioca powder are all comparable in terms of thickening ability, so you can usually substitute them 1:1. Flour, on the other hand, is only half as effective, so if you are using flour instead of corn starch or one of the others named, you'll need to use twice as much.

  • If you normally rinse your chicken?stop! You could be spreading bacteria around your kitchen and it isn't really necessary.

  • get more cooking tips

Green Tips

  • Choose pasture-raised chicken if it is available. If it is not at your supermarket, visit a farmers' market and ask around.

  • According to the Non-GMO Project, about 90% of the canola oil in the United States is made from genetically modified rapeseed, so if this issue is important to you be sure to buy certified organic or certified GMO-free canola oil!

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
343 Calories
20g Protein
19g Total Fat
20g Carbs
3% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
343
17%

Fat
19g
30%

  Saturated Fat
5g
32%

Carbohydrates
20g
7%

  Sugar
9g
11%

Cholesterol
111mg
37%

Sodium
880mg
38%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
20g
40%

Selenium
22µg
31%

Vitamin B3
5mg
29%

Vitamin B6
0.44mg
22%

Phosphorus
202mg
20%

Vitamin B5
1mg
12%

Vitamin B12
0.73µg
12%

Vitamin B2
0.18mg
11%

Zinc
1mg
10%

Potassium
282mg
8%

Magnesium
29mg
7%

Iron
1mg
7%

Manganese
0.14mg
7%

Vitamin B1
0.1mg
6%

Copper
0.1mg
5%

Vitamin A
162IU
3%

Vitamin K
2µg
3%

Vitamin E
0.41mg
3%

Calcium
17mg
2%

Folate
6µg
2%

Fiber
0.41g
2%

covered percent of daily need

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