Last night’s dinner

Madison liked the tortillas enough to let me eat my dinner with both hands-very rare occurrance.

Tonight’s dinner

Ever since I made General Tso’s (or Tao’s-I keep finding the two spellings) tofu, Stephen has been bugging me to try to make General Tso’s chicken. We always used to get this with our chinese takeaway and have been missing it since we decided to pretty much eshew take-out.

Did a bit of searching and found this cool website. If this turns out well, I’ll be making a bunch of things from this site.

General Tso’s Chicken

Serves 2 to 3 as part of a multi-course meal

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
6 dried red chilis
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
3 cups peanut oil for deep-frying
2 cups cornstarch
1 big pinch white sesame seeds, for garnish
Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons chicken stock or water

Mix ingredients for marinade. Slice chicken into 1-inch cubes and add to marinade mixture. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Mix ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.

Drip excess marinade off the chicken, and toss cubes in the 1 cup cornstarch. Shake off excess cornstarch before frying.

Add about 2 inches of peanut oil to your wok. Heat wok until just smoking, then add the first batch of chicken cubes and deep-fry until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil. (You can pour the oil into a heatproof container and save for later use.) Reheat wok over medium-heat heat. Add dried chilis, garlic, and ginger to wok and stir-fry until chilis begin to blacken and become fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sauce mixture and stir until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Return chicken to wok and stir well to coat with sauce. Transfer chicken to serving dish. Garnish with white sesame and scallions. Serve with white rice and vegetables.