General Tso’s Sauce

Gereral Tso's Sauce Over Chicken

I first tried General Tso’s Chicken during a visit to El Paso, Texas. It tasted pretty okay to a young Cree. The recipe used in most restaurants consists of sugar covered chicken with a hint of spice. Later on, as an adult, I tried the “proper” recipe, and discovered I really loved the Chinese-American dish.

I began playing with the amounts of vinegar, sugar, and spices until It worked. Here’s My recipe for General Tso’s Sauce:

General Tso's Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: Condiment

Cuisine: Chinese-American

Yield: 1 batch

Serving Size: 1 batch

General Tso's Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 4 teaspoons minced onion
  • 8 small dried red Arbol chilies

Instructions

  1. First, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chicken stock, sesame seed oil and vegetable oil in a small saucepan.
  2. Then, use a food processor to grind the chilies into a rough powder.
  3. Afterwards, grind the chilies into the sugar, corn starch, garlic, ginger, and onion with a pestle and mortar.
  4. Before the syrup reaches boiling, whisk in the seasoning powder and continue to whisk until the sauce reaches a thick consistency.

Notes

I suggest serving General Tso’s sauce over fried chicken and broccoli. However, you can combine it into most types of stir fry.

General Tso’s Chicken

I know, most places give you detailed instructions on preparing and cooking the chicken. First, you should always make your favorite style of chicken. The recipe of egg bath, and a corn starch batter works for some. However, I prefer frying the chicken bare, and then stir frying sauce and peppers into it.

Pro Tip: Always experiment to find what you like best. You can fry chicken in a host of ways, and most provide healthier meals.

Serving Suggestions for General Tso’s Stir Fry

Most restaurants serve a fried rice (ham, chicken, or shrimp) on the side. I recommend eating healthier. The savory flavor of this particular sauce lends itself well to coating steamed rice. However, if you must, you can also serve it over brown rice for a little bit more depth.