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General Tso's Chicken | Basics With Babish
99% 3.5M 5 minutes 6 months ago by Binging With Babish

General Tso's can be more than the saccharine, gloopy sauce soaked into flabby, over-breaded chicken to which we've become accustomed. With just a little technique and a little love, the 45-minute wait for this takeout mainstay can be better spent making it yourself. Adapted from Serious Eats: + Ingredients & Shopping List For the chicken and marinade: 2 egg whites 3 Tbsp dark soy sauce 3 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine 3 Tbsp vodka 1/4 tsp baking soda 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs + For the breading: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup cornstarch 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 Tbsp reserved marinade For the sauce: 4 Tbsp dark soy sauce 4 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 4 Tbsp chicken stock 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp roasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp cornstarch 6 scallions 4 cloves garlic 2 inch piece of ginger 6-12 arbol chiles (optional) + Special equipment: Large pot deep enough for frying