General Tso’s Chicken might not be the most authentic Chinese dish – after all, most stories place its origin in a New York City restaurant! – but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave it all the time or make sure to order it whenever we visit our favorite Chinese food establishments. Who could resist that sweet-and-spicy sauce over deep-fried chicken? Not us! And now we can fulfill that craving whenever we want AND have it in a healthier, baked way. Presenting General Tso’s Baked Chicken! Watch how simple it is to make, and your Chinese food nights are never going to be the same.
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GENERAL TSO’S BAKED CHICKEN
–3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¼ pounds), cut into 1 inch pieces
–½ teaspoon kosher salt
–¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
–2 eggs, beaten
–1½ cups Panko breadcrumbs
–½ cup honey
–½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
–5 garlic cloves, minced
–1 ½ tablespoons Sriracha sauce
–1 tablespoon sesame seeds
–Sliced green onions
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Line a half sheet pan with parchment.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Dip several pieces of chicken at a time into the eggs, then coat evenly in the breadcrumbs.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until the chicken is cooked and the breading has started to brown.
- While the chicken is baking, make the sauce by combining the honey, soy sauce, garlic and Sriracha in a small saucepan and bringing to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
- Once the chicken is done, coat in the sauce. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Easy and delicious, yes? You can also call this dish “Honey Garlic Chicken,” but whatever you call it, we know you’re going to call it delicious! Have you ever made this dish at home? Do you prefer the chicken baked or fried? Where do YOU believe General Tso’s Chicken originated?
Recipe adapted from Jo Cooks