HUNGRY's Holiday Kitchen: General Tso’s Christmas Chicken From The Brothers Green

December 24, 2012

Brothers Green

The Brothers Green of ‘Midnight Munchies’ uncover the secrets to every Jew’s favorite Christmas dinner: Chinese food! Their General Tso’s Christmas Chicken is lovingly wrapped in a simple homemade scallion pancake. Like in “A Christmas Story” when the family ate Chinese food after their turkey was ruined, Mike and Josh create this satisfying Chinese food favorite in HUNGRY's Holiday Kitchen. Watch the video and get the recipe below:


HUNGRY's Holiday Kitchen: General Tso’s Chicken Tacos with Asian Slaw
Serves 6

General Tso’s Chicken:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 egg
1 cup cornstarch
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Canola oil, for frying

General Tso’s Sauce:
2 tablespoons grenadine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 orange, juiced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons sriracha
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, chopped
White sesame seeds, for garnish

Asian Slaw:
1/2 green cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 jicama, thinly sliced
1 bunch scallions, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Scallion Pancakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped

General Tso’s Chicken
Preheat oil to 375F.

In a bowl whisk together soy sauce and egg. Add cornstarch and whisk to create a slurry. Coat the chicken pieces in the slurry and add to the deep fryer in batches. Fry chicken 5-6 minutes until a deep golden crust forms and the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the fryer and drain on paper towels. Reserve.

General Tso’s Sauce
In a medium bowl whisk until smooth grenadine, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, orange juice, cornstarch and sriracha. Reserve.

Preheat a wok or large sauté pan with canola oil. Add garlic and scallions and cook 1 minute until the flavors infuse. Add the reserved sauce and cook 1-2 minutes longer until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the fried chicken to the sauce and toss to coat, garnish with sesame seeds.

Asian Slaw
Combine green and red cabbage, jicama and scallions in a large bowl. Add lime juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Refrigerate for a couple hours for flavors to concentrate.

Scallion Pancakes
Preheat griddle over medium heat.

In a medium bowl combine flour and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together egg, egg yolk, water and sesame oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk together until a smooth batter forms. Fold in jalapeno.

Add canola oil to the griddle. Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chopped scallions over the batter. When the pancake bubbles and turns golden brown on the bottom flip and continue to cook until golden brown on the second side. Cook remaining pancakes.

Create a taco by filling a scallion pancake with General Tso’s chicken and top with Asian slaw.

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