General tsao's chicken

General tsao's chicken


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About this recipe: This is a classic dish found in every American and Canadian Chinese restaurant. This recipe calls for banana ketchup, which is a condiment in the Phillipines, you should be able to find it in Chinese/Oriental supermarkets.


Serves: 4 

  • 950ml groundnut oil for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 65g cornflour
  • 450g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon banana ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil
  • 6 dried whole red chillies or crushed chillies to taste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Heat 1 litre of groundnut oil in a deep-fat fryer or large saucepan to 190 degrees C.
  2. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl; whisk in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and the cornflour. Mix in the chicken until all the pieces are coated with batter. Drop into the hot oil a piece at a time; cook until the chicken is golden brown on the outside and no longer pink on the inside, about 4 minutes. Drain on a kitchen towel-lined plate.
  3. Stir together the vinegar, wine, sugar, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and the banana ketchup in a small bowl until smooth; set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons groundnut oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Stir in the dried chillies and cook for a few seconds until the peppers brighten. Stir in the onion, garlic and orange zest. Cook and stir until the onion is beginning to brown. Stir in the sauce; bring to the boil before adding the fried chicken. Reduce the heat to medium and stir until the chicken pieces are well coated with the sauce, a few minutes longer. Serve sprinkled with spring onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Rice wine

Found in Chinese/Oriental stores.

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