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General Tsao’s Chicken Recipe

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4 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
1 egg
1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white sugar
1 pinch white pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 T. vegetable oil
3 T. chopped green onion
1 clove garlic, minced
6 dried whole red chilies
1 strip orange zest (or use ⅓ cup orange juice)
½ cup white sugar
¼ tsp. ground ginger
3 T. chicken broth
1 T. rice vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 T. peanut oil
2 tsp. cornstarch
¼ cup water

Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375º. Beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken cubes; sprinkle with salt, 1 teaspoon sugar and white pepper; mix well. Mix in 1 cup of cornstarch a little bit at a time until the chicken cubes are well coated. In batches, carefully drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil one by one, cooking until they turn golden brown and begin to float, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken and allow to cool as you fry the next batch. Once all of the chicken has a been fried, refry the chicken starting with the batch that was cooked first. Cook until the chicken turns deep golden brown., about 2 minutes more. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir in the green onion, garlic, whole chilies and orange zest, (or juice). Cook and stir a minute or two until the garlic has turned golden and the chilies brighten. Add ½ cup sugar, the ginger, chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and peanut oil; bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into the water and stir into the boiling sauce. Return to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy from the cornstarch, about 1 minute. Stir the chicken into the boiling sauce. Reduce heat to low and cook for a few minutes until the chicken absorbs some of the sauce.




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