Healthy Takeout – General Tso’s Chicken with Brown Fried Rice

15 Oct

This is sooooo good and can be used for beef as well!  If you’re a person who doesn’t fail every time trying to stir fry tofu (unlike me), I bet this would go great with tofu too.

Marinade adapted from here.

For the protein (This marinade works for about 1 chicken breast, or 0.5 lb beef):

1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp Hoisin sauce (I did without it this time because I had none left and the sauce was still great!)
3 Tbsp rice wine or white vinegar
3 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp fresh ground ginger
dry chili flakes

Make the marinade by mixing everything together.  Add your chopped meat to this and let sit while you prepare the fried rice.

For the fried rice:

freshly cooked brown rice
canola oil
chopped onion
chopped garlic – a lot of it! (I do about 2 cloves per person)
frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas and green beans)
soy sauce

In a large pan, heat some canola oil until hot.

Add in the onion and garlic, and stir fry for about 30 seconds.

Add in the rice and stir.

Let cook for about 2 minutes, then add in the frozen veggies.

Stir and let sit for about 3-4 minutes to let the bottom get a little crispy.

Drizzle some soy sauce over the top, tasting a little as you go so you add the perfect amount for your tastes.

Cook a little longer, and then transfer to a bowl to let sit covered with foil.

In the same pan, heat some more oil and strain the protein from the marinade.  Add only the protein to the hot oil, leaving the marinade to the side.

Cook for 2 minutes, then add the rest of the marinate.  Let simmer until thickened to the right consistency.

I like to serve this with a lot of rice and a well made in the center with the chicken or beef.

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2 Responses to “Healthy Takeout – General Tso’s Chicken with Brown Fried Rice”

  1. Family Living October 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Thanks for the recipe. I enjoyed today’s post very much.

    Check out this healthy recipe – Cheese Topped Vegetables

  2. gingerlyhomemaking October 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Love general tsos but I always regret it the next morning. This looks delicious and so much healthier, I’m definitely putting your recipe on my to-makes list! Thanks for sharing it!

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