Although not authentically Chinese, General Tso's chicken is truly a classic Chinese-American dish. The wonderfully sweet and sour chicken dish is thought to have been named after a great military leader from the Qing Dynasty. The recipe below now enables you to bring this popular dish right to your home.
In the recipe below, you will first need to coat your chicken in cornstarch. I prefer to use a plastic bag for easy to clean up! You will also need to pan fry your chicken before you add it to the slow cooker in order to get a bit of a crust on your chicken. The cornstarch will also thicken your sauce as it cooks. But the real secret to this dish is in the sauce's balance of flavors. The right amount of soy for a bit of savory, sugar and honey for that sweet flavor along with the right amount of vinegar for a bit of tanginess and finally a few pinches of chile flake for just the perfect amount of spice. Getting this balance right will make all the difference in the end. Serve over rice and you have a complete meal!
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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