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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chris's Baked General Tso's Chicken

    Matt's cousin Chris is super creative.  You should see all of the cool things she makes.  She is the creator and producer of all the cool stuff at Madi Grace Studio. On top of that she is raising two super cute girls and taking them to all of their activities all while volunteering in her small community.  I am not sure how she fits it all into a day!

    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
rice, cooked

  1. Preheat oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with oil
  2. In shallow bowl, mix together flour, salt, garlic powder, paprika and onion.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn strips over and bake for another 12-15.
  5. 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.  
  6. 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.
  7. Toss cooked chicken and broccoli in sauce and serve immediately over rice.
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  1. I just checked out Madi Grace Studio. Neat shop. Glad you shared it!

  2. Hi Carlee, Genreal Tso chicken is one of my family's favorites! Yours looks much healthier baked! Pinned to make later! Thank you for sharing at Wordless Wednesday! Have a great rest of your week!

    1. We really enjoyed it and hope you do too! Thanks for hosting and I hope you get settled in to your new place quickly. I think moving in is fun until you get to the odds and ends that have no obvious place to go but back in the box for another day!

  3. I love General Tso's chicken but have never dared to make it at home. So glad to have a recipe to follow for it. Thanks for sharing it at This Is How We Roll Thursday!

    1. This one is pretty healthy too! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love that this is baked!! Yum! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned!


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