This was one dish that I was VERY afraid to try making at home. I have mastered pizza, tortillas, desserts...BUT I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to match the General's Tofu we were used to. I still had to try because the cheat nights at the Chinese restaurant were filled with processed ingredients and sugar. If I could make it myself....we could have it more often without having a cheat day :)
I saw many recipes online and to be honest...some were pretty intimidating. May recipes called for a number of ingredients and most were items that I simply don't keep around the house. The recipe that I ended up with may NOT be a traditional General Tso's BUT it was one that I can make with ingredients that I keep around the house and it was extremely kid friendly!
- If you are looking for a spicy alternative, you can add fresh jalapenos, sriracha, or dried red pepper flakes. You can also add 1 teaspoon of ginger for extra zing :)
- Also note that this recipe calls for cornstarch...if you don't have any on hand - simply make a basic roux with butter and flour then add your sauce to it and bring to a simmer!
- I used all organic ingredients BUT you can use whatever you want
- If you want to reduce the sugar, try adding more orange juice or stevia!
- Try blending in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter!
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 squeezed orange
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tablespoons rice wine (any cooking wine works)
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- Add all ingredients minus cornstarch and bring to boil to allow the sugar to dissolve.
- Wisk in cornstarch and reduce heat.
- Your sauce will quickly thicken and be ready to serve over veggies, chicken, beef, or tofu!