I don’t even know what to say about what just happened at my house. We just made General Tso’s Chicken. Did you hear that? GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN!!!! It is maybe one of my favorite foods of all time, that I haven’t had in years. Never in a million years would I think that with my cooking abilities that I could make General Tso’s Chicken! I would never order it off a menu because it’s never gluten free, not to mention it is an extreme splurge.
As part of my New Year’s resolution, I decided that I want to cook one meal a week…like really cook using a recipe and cook, not just put together a simple meal. So, we are starting the year off with a fucking bang, because I don’t know how any recipe is ever going to top this one…EVER!
Here’s my little disclaimer: I’m a nightmare in the kitchen, so if I can cook something, so can you…simple as that. Here’s the recipe:
Healthier General Tso’s Chicken
1 lb chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 T garlic powder
1/2 T paprika
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup liquid aminos (I used Bragg’s)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 1/2 T sesame oil
2 T Sriracha OR 2 T Tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T agave nectar
1 tsp cornstarch
Green Onions, sliced
Bag of frozen stir fry veggies
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum or parchment paper (because no one wants to clean a pan)
- Mix flour, garlic powder, in paprika in a gallon size bag.
- Dip chicken strips into egg white, shake off excess and put in bag. Shake to coat. (this makes it quicker!)
- Place coated chicken strips on parchment lined baking sheet and bake chicken for 30 minutes.
- While chicken is baking, combine remaining ingredients into a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a light simmer. Mix cornstarch with 1 tsp water and mix into the sauce, stirring occasionally until it thickens, about 5 minutes (add more corn starch to thicken it up).
- Mix cooked chicken into the sauce and serve over brown rice and stir fry veggies.
So, let me be honest for second. Miles was with me in the kitchen and he was the one who cut the raw chicken and dipped it in the egg whites. I’m not into handling raw chicken…it’s make me wanna barf. However, I think if he wasn’t here, this meal was dank enough that I would have forced myself and dealt with the gagging. It was THAT worth it. We used all tomato paste because I just can’t deal when I feel like my mouth is on fire. Next time, we might do a few drops of Sriracha. I, of course made it as easy as possible and bought steam bags of brown rice and stir fry veggies, because who wants to clean to extra pans? And obviously, I lined the baking sheet so I didn’t have to clean that pan either. Also, the meal prep was a little spaced out so you could clean as you go. It really wasn’t too complicated and the clean up was totally fine.
I don’t know how to say it enough…MAKE THIS! I am still sitting here in total shock that this could possibly have been a plan approved meal!