Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What's Cooking Wednesday - General Tso's Chicken

Saturday night I cooked something I have wanted to try at home for a long time, General Tso's Chicken.  Edwin and I always order it from our favorite little Chinese place near our house, and that worked out great when we used to send the kids to bed early and split one order as a sort of stay home date night.  Then one day we actually let our kids eat some of our beloved "Chinese food," and they discovered how good it is.  Now the $11 cheap date has turned into $40+ of take out.  It's no wonder Edwin started suggesting I look for a recipe for that delicious General Tso's!

Well, I have looked around for what might have been years, but I have never tried any of the recipes I found.  Then last week I received the May issue of Food and Wine magazine, and guess what recipe I saw?  General Tso's Chicken (click the link for the recipe), and I decided the time had finally come.  It was definitely worth the wait.  And it was even better than our cherished takeout.

I followed the recipe almost exactly (I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, because I just like white meat better.), though I did triple it.  We had two guests plus our family, and I wish I had quadrupled the recipe.  We ate every.single.bite.  It was very tasty, even though it was not as spicy as we are used to.  I will definitely add  a lot more of the Chinese chile-garlic sauce the next time.  YUM. Enough said.

By the way, each Wednesday I have been linking up with Raising Homemakers.  Be sure to browse through the many homemaking blog posts there.  I found some good blogs by browsing through the links there!


Wendy said...

Yum! I would like to order that for when we visit. You will have to make the recipe times 6 instead of triple. We like General Z. chicken from Sam's- so I bet this is soooooooooo much better. Did you get my text and FB message yet?

Andrea said...

this recipe looks great! I like that it is a little more healthy than the Chinese takeout version too. We eat a lot of homemade Chinese at our house, so I am def. going to try this next week.
thanks for sharing!

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