Monday, 14 July 2008

General Tso's Chicken

Deep frying strikes again. I felt quite naughty deep frying chicken with skin on, but this dish was definitely worth it. Josh, a fellow blogger recommended it to me.

Apparently this is often served in American Chinese take-aways and I've certainly never seen it in my travels. It's quite a different dish there, usually very sweet and the chicken is sometimes battered. The origins of this dish and why it's General Tso's, a Qing Dynasty statesman and general, is unknown. This was a Fuschia Dunlop recipe; she's quickly becoming my favourite.

General Tso's Chicken

Serves 2

To marinade the meat:
3 or 4 chicken thighs with the skin on, deboned and chopped into pieces
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce

Mix this in a bowl and leave to sit whilst you prepare the other ingredients.

For the sauce:
1 tbsp tomato puree
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp cornflour.

The rest:
6 - 10 dried chillis, snipped into 3cm pieces, discarding the seeds
2 tsp finely chopped ginger
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 spring onion, sliced for garnish
2 tsp sesame oil
Oil for deep frying

It looks like a long list of ingredients, but you just need to mix the sauce materials up for the last minute cooking.
Deep fry the chicken in 2 batches until the chicken is golden and crispy. Set to one side. Empty out the oil, reserving 2 tbsp. Fry the chillis briefly and then add the ginger and garlic. Fry until it's all fragrant, and then add all the sauce in, and then the chicken. When it is thickened, turn off the heat and serve, with the sesame oil and spring onion to garnish.

This was a great dish - slightly crispy chicken, a glossy coating of slightly sour, spicy and deeply savoury sauce. Recommended.


Joshua said...

Glad you liked it. It's definitely one to add to the regulars list, even if not to regular with the deep frying.

ros said...

Deep frying is fun, even if I do nearly burn down my flat when I do it. That's a lovely picture of the chicken- it's making me properly starving.

Annes Kitchen said...

mmm that looks really good!

gastrogeek said...

this looks delicious. I'm definitely going to give it a go.