General Tso's chicken (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)
Chinese take out is a favorite at my house.
It is a nice change from pizza, and it’s just as quick to grab.
The meal also feels a little healthier than pizza because there are usually vegetables in the dishes. Even though the added vegetables help, it is still surprisingly high in calories, fat and sugar.
One of our standard takeout orders usually includes General’s Tso’s chicken. The bad news is this chicken is usually deep fried and coated with a syrupy sauce that is full of sugar and calories.
The good news is that I have come up with my own version of General Tso’s chicken that cuts the fat and sugar drastically. It just take a few steps to have a main dish that tastes delicious, and you can feel great about eating it.
We shouldn’t have to give up flavors and dishes that we really enjoy, and this recipe proves we don’t have to.
General Tso's chicken
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cubed
2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon canola oil
2 green onions, chopped
1. In a medium bowl mix together soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, chicken broth and 1/2 of the green onions, and then set it aside.
2. Put flour into a large Ziploc bag, then add in the cubed chicken, and shake around until each piece is coated.
3. In a large skillet, add oil over medium-high heat, remove the chicken from the bag, shake off the excess flour, and add to the skillet. Let the chicken cook until it is golden on each side and remove it from the skillet.
4. Add the sauce in the skillet and cook it for about 30 seconds. Then add the chicken back to the skillet. Toss the chicken in the sauce until it thickens and is completely heated and cooked through.
5. Garnish the chicken with the remaining green onions, and serve with brown rice and steamed broccoli or snap peas.