General Tso's Chicken by Adventuress Heart
Tonight's recipe comes from Bella at Adventuress Heart "What you give away you keep" a blog my wife discovered on Tastespotting only last week. I've always wanted to make my own General Tso's Chicken, so I had my wife send me the link, and here we are! Be sure to check out Bella's blog - she has some interesting recipes as well as beautiful photography.
I did run into a few problems, and I think it was my fault in execution of the recipe rather than flaws with the recipe itself. The first thing was the garlic and ginger. I grated it instead of making a small chop and as a result I got a bad burnt flavor instead of a sweetness on the chicken.
Another thing is my chicken lost its crispiness after a few minutes. I don't think it was because of the sauce because a couple of pieces of chicken I didn't put in the sauce also lost their crispiness. Perhaps it was my frying technique...overcooking in oil that's not hot enough? Maybe I'll have better control using a wok next time..
I'm definitely going to try this recipe again - I found this video that sort of gives me a better idea of how things perhaps should have gone How to Make General Tso's Chicken. I think I like Bella's chicken batter recipe better - the chicken without the sauce was very flavorful, but I like the stir-frying saucing technique the guy in the video used, very educational.
I look forward to revisiting this dish and perhaps doing it right next time. I can see myself making this every week. Thanks again to Bella for sharing her recipe on her blog Adventuress Heart "What you give away you keep"