She sent me a few recipes and I was really excited to try them. This General Tso's chicken is healthier than the take-out version. The chicken is baked instead of fried, but it still has a nice crisp crust. Matt and I really enjoyed it. Matt already said it is on his request list, and he usually isn't all that into Chinese type food. He'll eat it, but wouldn't request it. So I'd say that is a win!!
This isn't exactly the recipe Chris sent. I made a couple small alterations to match our taste and the ingredients I had on hand. It comes together pretty quickly. Just coat the chicken in seasoned whole wheat flour.
Then you bake it until the coating is nice and crisp but the chicken is still tender.
Toss it in the yummy sauce, add some broccoli and rice and you are ready to go!
Chris's Baked General Tso's Chicken
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 T garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 T onion powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 T vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)
1 T sesame oil
2 T chili sauce
3 cloves garlic
2 T maple syrup
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 pound broccoli, chopped and steamed
- Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with oil
- In shallow bowl, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder, paprika and onion.
- Dip chicken in beaten egg then coat in flour mixture. Place on baking sheet and repeat until all chicken is coated. Lightly spray with cooking oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn strips over and bake for another 12-15.
- During the second round in the oven, prepare the sauce. Mix together ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chili sauce, garlic and syrup in a saucepan.
- Once the sauce is simmering, mix cornstarch into a a tsp of water. Add to sauce and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Sauce should thicken.
- Toss cooked chicken and broccoli in sauce and serve immediately over rice.