Chyrel's Recipes From Friends
General Tso's Chicken


Ingredients:
3/4 lb Boneless chicken breast
2 ts Dark soy sauce
2 ts Rice wine or dry sherry
1 t Finely chopped ginger root
1 t Cornstarch
1 t Sesame oil
1/3 c Oil, preferably peanut
2 Dried red chiles cut in half lengthwise
1 tb Chopped fresh orange peel OR
2 ts Dried citrus peel(soaked & coarsely chopped)
1/2 ts Roasted Sichuan peppercorns(finely ground), optional
2 ts Dark soy sauce
1/4 ts Salt
1 t Sugar
1/2 ts Sesame oil

Method:
Cut chicken into thin slices 2 inches long, cutting against the grain. Put it into a bowl together with the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, ginger, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Mix well, and then let the mixture marinate for about 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet until it is very hot. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon. Add it to the pan and stir-fry it for 2 minutes until it browns. Remove it and leave to drain in a colander or sieve. Pour off most of the oil, leaving about 2 teaspoons. Reheat the pan over a high heat and then add the dried chiles. Stir-fry them for 10 seconds, and then return the chicken to the pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry for 4 minutes, mixing well. Serve the dish at once.


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