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Baked General Tso’s Chicken

Baked General Tso’s Chicken

Are you craving a delicious and flavorful chicken dish that will leave your taste buds dancing? Look no further than Baked General Tso’s Chicken! This mouthwatering dish combines the bold flavors of Asian cuisine with the healthier option of baking instead of frying. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Baked General Tso’s Chicken and discover how it can be your next go-to meal!

The Origins of General Tso’s Chicken

Before we get into the baking process, let’s take a moment to appreciate the history of General Tso’s Chicken. This iconic dish is named after General Tso Tsung-tang, a Chinese military leader from the 19th century. However, the dish itself did not originate in China. It was actually created by Chinese immigrants in the United States in the 1970s. Today, General Tso’s Chicken has become a popular staple in Chinese-American cuisine and can be found in many Chinese restaurants across the country.

The Healthier Choice: Baking vs. Frying

When it comes to enjoying our favorite dishes, we often have to make choices that align with our health goals. Baked General Tso’s Chicken offers a healthier alternative to the traditional fried version. By baking the chicken instead of frying it, you can significantly reduce the amount of oil and calories in the dish. This allows you to indulge in the rich flavors of General Tso’s Chicken without feeling guilty about your food choices.

The Secret to Flavorful Baked Chicken

Now, you may be wondering how to achieve that perfect combination of crispy and flavorful chicken without the deep-frying. The secret lies in the marinade and the cooking process. By marinating the chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and other spices, you infuse it with delicious flavors. Then, by baking the chicken at a high temperature, you create a crispy exterior that is reminiscent of the fried version. It’s a win-win situation for both your taste buds and your health!

Serving Suggestions and Pairings

Baked General Tso’s Chicken is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. You can serve it over a bed of steamed rice or alongside some stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal. For an extra kick of flavor, sprinkle some sesame seeds and green onions on top. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even use the chicken as a filling for lettuce wraps or as a topping for a hearty salad. The possibilities are endless!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

A: Absolutely! Boneless chicken thighs can be a great alternative to chicken breasts. They are more flavorful and tender, making them perfect for Baked General Tso’s Chicken.

Q: Is it necessary to marinate the chicken overnight?

A: While marinating the chicken overnight will enhance the flavor, you can still achieve delicious results with a shorter marinating time. Aim for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the chicken.

Q: Can I use a store-bought sauce instead of making my own?

A: Absolutely! If you’re short on time, you can use a store-bought General Tso’s sauce. Just make sure to read the labels and choose a sauce that aligns with your preferences and dietary restrictions.

Q: Can I make this dish gluten-free?

A: Yes, you can! Simply use gluten-free soy sauce and ensure that all the other ingredients are gluten-free as well. This way, you can enjoy Baked General Tso’s Chicken even if you have dietary restrictions.

Q: Can I add vegetables to the dish?

A: Absolutely! Adding vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, or snap peas can not only enhance the flavor but also add a vibrant touch to the dish. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly so that the vegetables are cooked to your liking.

Q: Can I make this dish spicy?

A: Of course! If you prefer a spicier version of General Tso’s Chicken, you can add some red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce to the marinade. Adjust the amount according to your spice tolerance.

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: Yes, you can! Baked General Tso’s Chicken can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months. Just make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Can I use this recipe for meal prep?

A: Absolutely! Baked General Tso’s Chicken is an excellent option for meal prep. You can cook a large batch, divide it into individual portions, and store them in the refrigerator for easy and quick meals throughout the week.

Q: Can I make this dish vegetarian or vegan?

A: Yes, you can! Simply substitute the chicken with tofu or your favorite plant-based protein. The marinade and baking process will still infuse the flavors into the tofu, creating a delicious vegetarian or vegan version of General Tso’s Chicken.

In Conclusion

Baked General Tso’s Chicken is the perfect dish for those who crave bold flavors without the guilt of deep-frying. By opting for the healthier baking method, you can enjoy all the deliciousness of General Tso’s Chicken while staying on track with your health goals. Whether you serve it with rice, vegetables, or get creative with lettuce wraps, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings. So, why not give it a try and experience the magic of Baked General Tso’s Chicken for yourself?

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Baked General Tso's Chicken

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • Nonstick cooking spray (for greasing the rack and chicken)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound of boneless , skinless chicken breast (cut into 1to 2-inch cubes)
  • 3/4 cup of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely minced)
  • Cooked white or brown rice (for serving)
  • Sliced scallion greens (for serving)

Instructions
 

  • To make the crispy chicken:
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place a rack on a sheet tray and spray it with cooking spray.
  • In a wide shallow dish, place the flour.
  • In another wide, shallow dish, whisk together the soy sauce and eggs.
  • In a third wide, shallow dish, place the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Dip the chicken pieces in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the breadcrumbs, working in batches.
  • Place the coated chicken pieces on the rack, leaving space between each piece.
  • Spray the chicken with cooking spray.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  • For the sauce:
  • In the meantime, whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha, and cornstarch; set aside.
  • Heat a large saut√© pan over medium heat and add the sesame oil.
  • Add the ginger, pepper flakes, and garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the rice wine mixture to the pan, bring it to a simmer, and allow it to thicken.
  • Add the crispy chicken to the pan and toss it to coat.
  • Serve the chicken immediately with rice and garnish with sliced scallions.
Keyword Chicken Recipes, main-dish, Poultry
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