December 14, 2010

Tso what?

After consulting with my girl Martha and googling a few different recipes, I formulated my own little recipe and it turned out delicious! 

Tso (what?) Chicken

4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 tablespoon ginger (could use fresh minced, but I didn't)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
peel of small orange (make sure you wash it!)
3 eggwhites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1.5  pounds of chicken (cubed)

Step 1:
Pour one cup of cold water into a bowl
Mix in 2 tablespoons of flour (or 1 tablespoon of cornstarch)

Step 2:
Mix in minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon ginger
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Orange peel
Stir well and set aside

Step 3:
In another bowl combine
3 eggwhites
6 tablespoons flour (or 3 tablespoons cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Step 4:
Add chicken to step 3 mixture and coat well

Step 5:
Heat a good amount of EVOO in nonstick pan over medium heat
Put half of chicken into pan
Fry for 6-8 minutes, browning all sides

Step 6:
Transfer onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra oil

Step 7:
Repeat steps 5 & 6 with the rest of the chicken

Step 8:
During all of this, you can start preparing your other sides...and send a quick email, and pour yourself a glass of wine! ;) I prepared brown rice, steamed broccoli, veggie spring rolls, and fresh sliced pineapple. 

Step 9:
In clean frying pan add mixture from Step 2 
Heat on low until the mixture starts to thicken
Add the chicken to the mixture and coat

Step 10:
Bon appétit/食飯/Guten Appetit!

What did you cook for dinner tonight?? 
Want to share a new recipe for me to try? 
Leave a comment below!


  1. Stopping by from Blog Frog. Looks good. I've got quite a few recipes at my blog you might enjoy.

  2. Oooh fun! I'm not so handy in the kitchen but I'm learning. I made ribeye steak, broccoli, and rice with hollandaise tonight. I had never bought steak, let alone cooked it. I used eHow to figure out how to cook the steak. I rubbed a little Montreal seasoning on it and decided to pan sear it for two minutes on each side, then bake it in the oven at 450 degrees for five minutes on each side. Success. I even timed everything else properly. I couldn't believe it. I'll post a picture on Facebook when my iPhone cooperates!

  3. Danielle - Thanks for stopping by! I just checked out your blog -- I love hte $100 Christmas Challenge and look forward to seeing how it turns out. I am going to try out your Hot Chocolate with a Twist recipe, it sounds interested and yummy!

    HW - Ohhh, timing! TJ is used to having at least one side cold. I have tried to cook steak twice here and (I thought) it was terrible, so next time I will try this method out, thanks for sharing :)

  4. Looks delicious! I might have to try that tonight. We had baked chicken breast wrapped in bacon and rubbed bbq sauce on for the last few minutes, with red mashed potatoes, broccoli and rolls. nothing fancy but it was good too! :) I'm working on a Thai recipe creation of my own (provided I can find all of the ingredients) I'll post if I am successful (and if it's any good!) :)

  5. CMD - yum your recipe sounds delicious as well - we love BBQ and bacon so maybe we will try that tonight! Is the bacon in Finland different than back home? We have an "American Style" bacon at our market that is very, very thin, and then there is also a big hunk of bacon (like 2-3 inches thick!) which I think is more "German Style"?

  6. I love General Tso's chicken but have never even thought about making it at home. Pretty cool.

    Stopping by from SITS to say hi.

  7. Hi citymouse!

    Give it a try one night, you won't be disappointed! It tasted so much healthier than the take out stuff, and its pretty much fool proof (next time I will for sure be making it with the cornstarch though, so it's a little crispier)

    I just checked out your blog - love the songs you've featured!

  8. Yum! That does look and sound terrific!

  9. Thanks Debbie, give it a try! PS I love your blog tagline ;)

  10. Yeah, we have "American" bacon here too. I think they have the thicker, more European style also, but I haven't really paid attention. I discovered the American kind and quit looking after that :) PS- tried your recipe tonight... 2 thumbs up from us! :)

  11. Ya! I guess I should probably refer to it as European bacon, huh?? So glad you liked the recipe!! It feels good to not be a failure in the kitchen after all, haha! :)

  12. YUM!!! :) i'll have to try this! looks tasty! and the wine + email break is a must.. hehe.. I'll have to send you this chicken-asparagus crusted lasagna I make from time to time.. it's DELISH!!!! and rather healthy..

  13. Yes, give it a try for sure, you won't be disappointed. It was a great dinner but not so great the next day for lunch (I guess thats why Chinese food in the states is LOADED with MSG!) Mmm, that sounds delish I would love to give it a try :)

  14. I found your blog from FTLOB today, and I have been exploring your entire site to see what it is you enjoy writing about. But can I just say THIS DISH looks AMAZING. I'm a college student that lives in community housing, so I'm not cooking on my own yet, but I LOVE Asian food and this just looks delicious! Thank you for sharing!


  15. Well thank you for responding! I always love it when people take time to reply back to comments! I will definitely look forward to trying it! BUT I do have one question...what is EVOO?

  16. Hi Mallori - Of course! I really value all of the followers here at Travel Babbles and if you take the time to write I make sure to reply!

    EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I dubbed it off of Rachel Ray!)

  17. ah. I don't know why I didn't think of that! I obviously don't watch much cooking TV. Thanks for clearing it up!


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