General Tso's Chicken

A lighter version and so very tasty. I usually double the sauce so there is plenty for leftovers.
Homemade General Tso's Chicken
Photo by Valerie M.
Homemade General Tso's Chicken
Homemade General Tso's Chicken

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    pound green beans, trimmed

  • 7

    tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 2 1/4

    teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1

    teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/3

    cup corn starch

  • 2

    pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, breasts patted dry, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 1/4

    cup plus 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/4

    cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 1

    large garlic clove, finely diced

  • 3

    tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1

    tablespoon Siracha

  • 1

    tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1

    teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 6

    or more dried whole red chiles (like chiles de árbol) if not chili available, use 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1

    scallion, thinly sliced

  • Cooked rice for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss green beans with olive oil, salt & pepper on a baking sheet. Roast, tossing once halfway through, until crisp-tender and blackened in spots (15 to 20 minutes). Whisk cornstarch, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper in a large bowl. Heat approximately 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high. Add chicken to cornstarch and toss to coat. Cook hl of chicken turn once, until cooked through and a light brown crust forms (5 to 7 minutes). Meanwhile, mix honey, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, siracha, tomato paste, ginger and salt & pepper to taste in a separate bowl. Transfer chicken to a plate, add 3 tablespoons oil in skillet and cook remaining chicken 5 minutes, then add chiles and cook, stirring and making sure chiles make contact with bottom of pan, until chicken is cooked through and chilis are puffed & toasted. Stir in sauce mixture and 1st half of chicken, toss to coat and cook until sauce is reduced and thickened. Add green beans. Serve atop rice and top with scallions.

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