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general tso chicken with steamed broccoli and whole fresh chili

General Tso's Chicken with Vegan Sauce

This spicy, sweet & sour General Tso's chicken is made of a vegan sauce with a secret ingredient in replacement of a typical rice vinegar.
4 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinating time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese American
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

Chicken and marinade mixture

  • 2 lb chicken thighs boneless, skin on, cut into bite size
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 2 tbsp AP flour

Frying Batter

  • 2 c AP flour
  • ½ c corn starch
  • 1.5 c cold water/beer/club soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash salt

General Tso Sauce

  • 4 oz light soy sauce
  • 1 oz hoisin sauce
  • 3 oz sugar
  • 6 oz pineapple juice
  • 4 oz water
  • 7 medium piece of ginger smashed
  • 7 cloves garlic smashed

Slurry

  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • ¼ c water

Others

  • broccoli boiled, as needed
  • steamed rice as needed
  • dry chilies or whole fresh chilies as needed
  • vegetable oil for frying, as needed

Instructions
 

Marinade chicken

  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken and marinade mixture and let them marinade for 30 minutes.

Frying batter

  • In your largest mixing bowl, combine all batter ingredients whisk to incorporate everything well. Set aside, let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes.

General Tso sauce

  • In a double bottom sauce pan, combine all ingredients on medium high heat. Bring to boiling point then reduce the heat immediately to medium-low setting, simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Let ginger and garlic steep in the mixture for an hour. Then strain the liquid and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in a fridge.
  • Before turn off the heat, at the slurry in and give the mixture a few stirs. The sauce should coat the back of your spoon perfectly. Let ginger and garlic steep in the mixture for an hour. Then strain the liquid and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in a fridge.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick after refrigerating or at any point, add 1 to 2 tbsp of water or pineapple juice to thin it out.

Frying chicken

  • In a shallow frying pan, add enough oil and bring it to 350F - 375F. Carefully dip marinated chicken in the batter then deep fry. Work in small batch, 7-10 pieces of chicken at a time. Fry approximately 5-8 minutes for each batch.
  • Proceed until all pieces of chicken are done with frying.

Cooking General Tso's chicken

  • In a double bottom sauteed pan on medium high heat, add about 1 tbsp of vegetable oil, then add 10-15 pieces of batter fried chicken and few chilies. Give the pan a few shake. Add enough General Tso sauce to coat all chicken pieces evenly. Turn off the heat.
  • Serve General Tso's chicken immediately with boiled broccoli and steamed rice. Enjoy!