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General Tso's Chicken Roll

by Frank Tiu

Inspired by nytimes.com

Ingredients

for 3 servings

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 12 snap peas
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon
    sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cups
    chicken stock (480 mL)
  • ¼ cup
    sugar (50 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon
    rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon
    dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons
    cornstarch, mixed with 2 teaspoons of water
  • 5 cups
    canola oil, for frying (1.2 L)
  • 1 cup
    corn starch (125 g)
  • white rice, cooked, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon
    sesame seeds, for garnish
  • ¼ cup
    scallions, sliced, for garnish (25 g)

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Preparation

  1. Place a chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Pound evenly to about ¼-inch (½ cm) thick, then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Place 4 snap peas and a few carrot slices at the bottom edge of the chicken, then roll up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining chicken and vegetables.
  3. Chill the chicken rolls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the sesame oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until they are toasty.
  5. Add the chicken stock, sugar, chile flakes, rice vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, and cornstarch slurry and whisk to combine.
  6. Cook until the sauce coats the back of a spoon and leaves a path when you run your finger through it. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  7. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350°F (180°C).
  8. Unwrap the chicken, then roll in the cornstarch until evenly coated.
  9. Fry two chicken rolls at a time for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  10. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack to drain. If the chicken is not cooked through by the time it is golden brown on the outside, bake in the oven at 325°F (170°C) until that temperature is reached.
  11. Slice the chicken rolls and serve with rice alongside. Pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions for garnish.
  12. Enjoy!
 

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