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General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

In this healthy version of a General Tso’s Chicken recipe, we cut the fat and sodium in half from the original version by not frying the chicken and by using half as much soy sauce in this Chinese-takeout favorite. Serve with steamed baby bok choy or sautéed spinach and steamed brown rice.

Ingredients
Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 5 tablespoons
    cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons
    reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons
    Chinese rice wine or dry sherry, divided
  • large egg white
  • 1 pound
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup
    water
  • 2 tablespoons
    hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon
    rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons
    canola oil, divided
  • scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 4 cups
    snow peas
Instructions
  1. Combine 4 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and rice wine (or sherry) and egg white in a bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat.
  2. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon each cornstarch, soy sauce and rice wine (or sherry), water, hoisin and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the chicken; cook without turning, breaking up stuck-together pieces, until golden on the bottom, 2 minutes. Stir; continue cooking until golden on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, scallions and garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add peas; cook, stirring often, until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the reserved sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until thick, about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute more.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
  • Calories364
  • Fat19 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol76 mg
  • Carbohydrates20 g
    • Dietary fiber2 g
  • Protein25 g
  • Sodium524 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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