General Tso’s Chicken

09

Oh, hi there. Did you think I had abandoned you? Well, I didn’t mean to. Things have been a little crazy around here lately and to top it off, my (only) lens broke. Every once in a while I can get it to work but then it will abruptly stop (like when you’re in line to get pictures of Santa—but don’t worry, the camera phone is probably appropriate enough for a picture like this). Or, sometimes you think it’s working only to find out later that literally every one of your pictures is out of focus, even though it wasn’t that way when you were looking through the lens (like this meal. Or the 600 pictures of my children I took for a potential Christmas card).

My coffee maker and food processor bowl also broke in the last few weeks, adding insult to injury. Nothing like spending a bunch of money at the end of the year when you already placed 19 Amazon orders in 30 days and went crazy on lightning deals have Christmas presents and end-of-year expenses to deal with.

But enough of that. This meal was a bright spot in an otherwise fairly lousy day. I’ve had this on my to-make list for AGES and I’m kicking myself for taking so long to make it. We all loved this, which is not at all surprising. And we totally ate more than the serving (oops). It was such a hit that I texted Courtney to tell her how much we all enjoyed it.

I did make a few changes to the recipe, like reducing the sugar and oil to make this a little healthier. Also, in my typical can’t-properly-read-a-recipe-to-save-my-life way, I forgot to mix the cornstarch with the chicken marinade, but I just ended up dredging the chicken pieces in corn starch before pan-frying them, which worked just fine. Rather than get two pans dirty, I removed the chicken after cooking it, and made the sauce in the same pan, then added the chicken back in to warm through, which worked perfectly.

Steamed broccoli is not my thing so instead we had this with sugar snap peas that I blanched and tossed with just a little toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, and salt.

Here’s hoping your end-of-year/holiday preparations are going a little more smoothly than mine right now. I will be back (I hope…) with a list of treats I plan on making this year but I am always willing to add more, if you want to share any ideas. 🙂

 

General Tso’s Chicken

  • Kat

    This sounds great, can’t wait to make it.

  • This looks so delectable. I love sugar snap peas, great substitute!

  • That looks fantastic, Elly!

  • Boo to end of year disasters!! But YES to this dish. Sounds like it was quite a hit!

  • Chelsea

    I’m so ssoryy that you had a bad period, hope everything will be good very soon. Looks very delicious.

  • Those Amazon lightning deals have been getting me, too! So glad you guys enjoyed this. I also love that, in my post for this recipe, I mention how you turned me on to chicken thighs. I’m still so glad you did!

  • Okay this rocks. This is a flavor combo that my family and myself crave.
    This looks easy enough too. Yay!

  • Ditching the sugar and I am ALLL over this recipe 🙂

  • I’m always searching for the perfect General Tsao’s recipe… this one looks like it might be a contender! Cant wait to try it!