General Tso's Chicken - 2

Course : Chinese
Serves: 6
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Ingredients:

1 pound boneless chicken breasts cut -- into 1 in pieces
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 large egg white beaten until foamy
1 cup vegetable oil
3 medium hot dried chili peppers -- broken in half
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 piece ginger root -- (1 in), peeled and -- finely chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
 

Preparation / Directions:

Wow, with over a dozen Chinese or Oriental cookbooks, I had a hard time finding this recipe! It is probably called something else (like spicy fried chicken) and I really do have a dozen recipes. :) This one is from "Elegant Entertaining Cookbook" by Myra Sable of Sable and Rosenfeld, Bantam books. General Tsao was a real person, general and poet who lived in China 155-220 AD. Heat the oil in a wok. Deep fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, about 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Pour all but 2 tbs of the oil out of the wok. To the oil in the wok, add the chili peppers, garlic and ginger, stir-fry 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the remaining soy sauce, vinegar, white wine and 1 tea cornstarch, mix until smooth. Stir in sugar, sesame oil and salt. Pour into wok, cook, stirring for 2 minutes until thickened. Return chicken pieces to wok, mix well and serve.


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