Tupper Lake, November 6, 2012 by Jeff Boucher

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

General Tso's Chicken.

General Who? Tso what? General Grant?  Hugh Grant? 

Alright, enough of that nonsense... 

Found this recipe at Recipe Rhapsody a few days back...Click here for link.....

And I said, "Self, that looks good." 

Yesterday I told the better half what I was planning for supper tonight- she was pyched. We like Chinese food, and probably only have it 2 or 3 times a year.

So today, after doing morning errands and finalllly getting around to raking the front yard and picking up all the winter debris (well, most of it), I settled in and took another look at the recipe. 

Hmmmm, I've got chicken and chicken broth, garlic, sugar, and cornstarch.  Broccoli, scallions, peppers and soy sauce were at the store (I was fairly confident). As far as rice vinegar, hoisin sauce and sesame oil go I was worried. 

We live in Tupper Lake, which is called the Crossroads of the Adirondacks, which loosely translates into the Middle of Nowhere.  I've never cooked with any of those exotic ingredients (exotic to me) , call me a middle aged white guy who hasn't got his Oriental thing going just yet.  

If I want Chinese I usually call up China Wok, and they have it ready in 15 minutes (How the hell do the do that-took me an hour and a half.)

But today, we got the Oriental thing going. 

I found all the aforementioned ingredients at Shaheen's IGA.  
Holy Moly they've got a Chinese food section.  I've been in this store 100,000 times since I was a kid and never seen it. 
That's because I never looked for them.

There they were-Part 1 of the mission was complete.

Ginger root is a funny looking thing- Once again I'd never used it (being the novice cook I am). 
Looks like bad toes on bad feet. 

Finally got it all going- used the Europro Fryer at 375 to do the chicken, then tossed it into the sauce in a big pan (don't have a wok) and added the veggies.

It was really tasty, and I'll do it again.
Yup, I'll do it again, and again......


  1. Danielle FletcherApril 7, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    I tried to make chinese food with a wok before... didn't work out too well. It gets reallllllyyyyyy hot at the bottom and not at the top. never again. This chinese food looks great!! Miss/Love you guys!!

  2. You are so funny! I'm glad you were able to track down the ingredients. The funny thing is I have all those things on hand and hardly EVER cook Asian food--I buy the condiments more than I cook with them--LOL! Good thing there's so much salt in them, that's probably why they keep so long. ;) Your chicken looks GREAT. Glad you enjoyed.

  3. Good for u that it turned out so well! I'm afraid of investing in those ingredients, not liking the result, and then everything goes to waste :p ... I should just get over that, 'coz u've given me hope!

  4. Looks delicious! I will have to try it soon! I have got a good recipe for chinese food I will have to pass along to you!

  5. Thanks Dani! With the wok, you gotta stir constantly, that's why a big old frying pan is a good substitute, more even heat distribution, though it means you'll cook longer.

    Veronica-Thank you for the recipe!

    Muneeba- Don't be afraid- if you follow that recipe it's simple, and very tasty.

    Cait- Send me that recipe!!!!! Love, Dad

  6. Looks great Dad, I know what I'm having you make when I get home!