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    General Tsao's Chicken (Gluten-Free)

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    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 egg
    ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided use
    1 cup + 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided use
    2 tablespoons chopped green onion
    1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
    1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
    2/3 cup chicken stock
    2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
    4 tablespoons sugar
    Chinese hot oil to taste
    1 tablespoon sherry
    1 tablespoon white vinegar
    Steamed broccoli

    Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and rub with salt. Mix the egg with 3 tablespoons water. Dip chicken in egg mix. Add ¾ cup cornstarch and coat chicken thoroughly.

    Heat 1 cup oil in a wok or skillet on medium-high and cook chicken pieces until they turn golden brown. Remove from oil and drain. Remove from skillet. Place remaining 3 tablespoons oil in pan. Over medium high heat, add green onions, ginger and garlic. When garlic turns clear, add chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar. Stir well.

    Mix 2 tablespoons water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Pour into stock mixture and stir well. Add the chicken and continue stirring. Add Chinese hot oil (½ to 1 teaspoon) wine and vinegar. Stir gently. Serve immediately with broccoli.


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    This is great! To make it taste like the Chinese restaurant just add red pepper flakes instead of the fire oil. increase the onions by 1 tbls and decrease the vinegar by 50% and the ginger by 25%. And if you can use potato starch rather than corn starch it's not only better for you but it is what the restaurants do too.

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    Thanks for the recipe (which I will try out!). One stop is confusing to me....can you please clarify?

     

    "Dip chicken in egg mix. Add ¾ cup cornstarch and coat chicken thoroughly."

     

    I am not sure what I am adding the cornstarch to! The egg mix? Or the chicken?

     

    Thanks!

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    Thanks for the recipe (which I will try out!). One stop is confusing to me....can you please clarify?

     

    "Dip chicken in egg mix. Add ¾ cup cornstarch and coat chicken thoroughly."

     

    I am not sure what I am adding the cornstarch to! The egg mix? Or the chicken?

     

    Thanks!

    You would dip the chicken in the egg, then dip it in the cornstarch.

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    This was my first Chinese recipe and it came together really well. I'll make it for my family this weekend.

     

    I agree with Bradley about replacing the hot oil with red pepper and reducing the vinegar for a more 'Chinese-resteraunt' taste. I like ginger, so I left that the same.

     

    Next time I make this I will use much less than 3 tbsp oil in the final step, as this made the result too oily.

     

    Thanks for a great recipe.

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    Love this recipe! I have celiac disease and I'm always craving those foods I can't have. This recipe really hits the spot. My boyfriend can have gluten but absolutely LOVES this recipe. He likes this recipe more than getting actual Chinese food and requests I make it often. I too used red pepper flakes, but left everything virtually the same. I don't usually measure anything, just do it by taste.

     

    Thanks for sharing such a fantastic recipe.

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