General Tso's Chicken 左宗棠鸡丁

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


250 grams Chicken breast, cut into inch dices
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 Egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Minced garlic
5 Dried chillies
1 stalk Spring onion, cut into chunks
Red bell pepper, cut into smaller pieces
50 grams Cornstarch for coating
Oil for frying
1 tablespoon Light soya sauce
2 teaspoons Rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Jiafan rice wine (or sherry)
1 tablespoon Sugar


Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut into the inch dices and place them in a bowl. Add in salt, egg and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir until well mixed and set aside for 20 minutes. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and save for the later use.
Fill a large skillet with enough oil and heat until very hot. Coat the chicken dices with cornstarch and deep-fry until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Leave a small amount of oil in the same skillet and heat until hot. Stir in garlic, chillies and spring onion chunks. Stir-fry briefly. Return the chicken, bell peppers to the skillet and pour the prepared sauce over. Stir until all well combined. Remove and serve with steamed rice.


Lady Catherine Gourmet's picture

Amazing! This looks so delicious!

roxana's picture

what kind of dry chillies?

owie's picture

Excellent write-up. I absolutely appreciate this website.
Continue the good work!


General Tso's Chicken is not really a Chinese dish, but actually an American creation. It is a sweet deep fried chicken dish served in American Chinese restaurants.



Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 10:25am


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