Asian Essentials: General Tso’s Chicken

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Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousChef

This is an easy/peasy recipe to assemble and tastes really awesome. It took me three tries to get it right; however, it was worth the effort.

I am calling it General Tso’s chicken, but in reality, it does have additional elements that I added.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:

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Comments:
Serves:
Several
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
3 Hr
Method:
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • THE CHICKEN

  • 1 lb
    chicken thighs, skinless, boneless, cut into the cubes
  • THE SAUCE

  • 3 - 4
    garlic, minced
  • 8 oz
    cubed pineapple (1 can), reserve juice for the slurry
  • 1/2 c
    hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    tamari sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp
    sesame oil, toasted variety
  • 1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp
    ginger powder
  • THE SLURRY

  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • ·
    reserved juice from the can of pineapple chunks
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • ·
    sesame seeds, for garnish

How to Make Asian Essentials: General Tso’s Chicken

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. You will need a slow cooker or an Instant Pot to make this recipe.
  3. I tried this recipe using boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs, and while both were okay, I preferred chicken thighs.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Chop up the chicken into bite-size bits.
  6. THE SLURRY (WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP)
  7. Drain all of the pineapple juice from the can, then whisk in the cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
  8. Most cans of pineapple have a bunch of juice. You want about 2 – 3 ounces. If you do not have that much just add a bit of water, or pineapple juice from a bottle.
  9. I like a thin sauce, so I usually just add a tablespoon of cornstarch/arrowroot powder. If you want it thicker, simply add more. And, at the end of the cooking process, if you still want it thicker you can always add a bit more.
  10. THE ASSEMBLY
  11. Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together, then whisk in the slurry, and finally add the pineapple.
  12. Add the mixture to the bowl of your slow cooker (Instant Pot) and stir in the chicken.
  13. Cook on low for 3 – 4 hours, or high for 1.5 – 2 hours.
  14. It is almost impossible to burn this recipe; however, you can overcook the chicken. I would suggest that after 1.5 hours check to see how things are progressing.
  15. PLATE/PRESENT
  16. Serve over a plate of steaming rice. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Asian Essentials: General Tso’s Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian



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