If you're looking for a shortcut to making an incredible Asian dish - you're going to love this recipe. I have many Asian stir fry recipes up my sleeve. Many of them involve combining ingredients like traditional soy sauce, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, Indonesian soy sauce, sesame oil, Sambal, Sriacha, gochujang, and others. I've always enjoyed playing with these combinations. However, like many of you, sometimes I need to take short cuts. Today, I bring you General Tso's Chicken with a Trader Joe's Hack you're going to love.
General Tso's Chicken Made Easy (Thank You Trader Joe's)
Trader Joe's has become quite popular throughout the United States. I believe there are only a handful of states that do not have Trader Joe's at this point. They have a wide selection of items especially when it comes to appetizers, elevated pizzas and various jarred sauces. I took a particular liking to their General Tsao's sauce years ago. On a whim, I tried to make a scaled down version of General Tso's Chicken - one of my favorites when I order take-out Chinese.
Very much to my surprise, the sauce was absolutely incredible! You can elevate it if you want: add some diced garlic and ginger or throw some onions in there. I went with garlic for this recipe, but if you have more time you can add more ingredients if you like! I wanted to keep it as simple as possible for this post.
This Hacked Version of General Tso's Chicken Has a Ton of Flavor
This dish is fun and easy to make mostly because you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. Ingredients. Let's define that for a minute. As I'm writing recipes for my posts, guess what I write over and over again? Salt. Pepper. Oil. Flour. Garlic powder. Eggs. Rice. I feel like those items shouldn't apply to the total ingredient count since most everyone has all these things. Always. Right?
So other than broccoli, scallions and Trader Joe's General Tsao's sauce - you probably have everything you need to make this tonight and be the hero of your household! So go forth and cook! I guarantee this one will be a hit and it's totally kid-friendly!
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