According to a citation in Wikipedia, General Tso's chicken is a battered and deep-fried chicken dish, bathed in a ginger sauce.
The dish is named after Zuo Zongtang (also romanized Tso Tsung-t'ang), a Qing dynasty statesman and military leader, although there is no recorded connection to him nor is the dish known in Hunan, Zuo's home province. (Wikipedia, 2018).
It's mainly an American dish, and its oriental theme is probably more the result of imagination rather than actual origin. It's still pretty good and can be enjoyed with any side you choose—just because you feel it is Chinese does not mean you have to eat it with rice. I would prefer rice over French fries personally, but the choice is up to you.
On the Side: Possible Options
- Chow Mien noodles
- Snow Peas
- Fortune Cookie
- Almond Cookies
- Hot Tea
A Quick Fix for Dinner
If you are looking for something quick and tasty, you might want to try this dish by Crazy Cuizine. It cooks up in about 20 minutes, provides plenty of food, and will taste pretty good.
General Tso's Chicken
Actually more of an American dish than Chinese, General Tso's chicken is a fragrant and delicious alternative to regular fried chicken or chicken nuggets. Easy to cook up on the stovetop or in the oven, this dish is ready in about 20 minutes.
Full pieces of white meat chicken in a crispy breading will satisfy your appetite, and the sauce will fill your kitchen with the most pleasant aroma.
For the most part, this is an easy meal to prepare. You will need:
- Frying or baking pan, depending upon how you want to cook it
- Oil or cooking spray
- Large mixing bowl
- Small bowl with warm water (for sauce)
- Mixing spoon
- A timer
Personally, I have always preferred my food fried or cooked on the stove top than baked. Baking is easier and even a bit cleaner, but takes more time. In addition, turning on a stove heats up your entire house sometimes and during the summer this can be unpleasant.
This meal can be prepared in a few easy steps:
- Warm about two tablespoons of oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
- Pour in chicken pieces and cook for ten minutes.
- Turn chicken over, or stir, and cook an additional 10 minutes.
- You might want to cook and stir for a little while longer. Make sure your chicken is cooked crispy if you like it that way. The sauce will help soften things up a little, so don't worry too much.
- Transfer chicken pieces into a large bowl.
- Pour sauce over chicken tenders and mix thoroughly.
- Place over rice and enjoy!
I had not had General Tso's Chicken before, but it looked good on the package and I enjoy chicken. I have to admit the aroma was a bit intense, even pungent, but not unpleasant. The ginger scent was so strong that I could taste it when I poured it over the meat. I had it with a side of vegetables and put it over white rice—how I usually like my Asian meats.
It was delicious and well worth the 8 dollars I paid for it. I split it into two additional meals so I will get to eat for three days because of this—all for about ten dollars. Had I gone to a restaurant, I would have paid ten dollars for each plate and then some.
I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to cook something up for themselves or their family. One box can go a long way. There is a lot of food inside.