My spouse and I had a few friends over to make and eat pot stickers. My parents used to do this when I was a kid, back in the day when frozen pot stickers were not readily available in Asian groceries in the Midwest. Making these on your own turns tedious and feels unrewarding fast, but getting a bunch of people together to take turns at it and eat them together is much more fun. Turns out when you get a handful of adult friends in on it, they get kind of competitive with the folding. We wrapped about twice as many as we were able to eat that night!
Without further ado, a recipe from my lifelong friend Jenny. It was nice that even though she couldn’t make it, her recipe was still there to help. Continue Reading
I was inspired by a documentary and couldn’t shake my need to visit the General. Fairly quick, kinda tasty, really fried, and sweet. Je suis Tso.
1 pound of chicken (I prefer thighs)
Some mayonnaise for coating chicken*
Dry Coating (inspired/copied from Serious Eats):
½ cup of flour
½ cup of corn starch
½ teaspoon of baking powder
some salt/pepper to taste (I personally prefer it on the salty side)
1 bottle of general or orange chicken sauce
Orange zest to taste (less is better)
Lots of high heat safe oil
Cut your chicken into small little pieces and coat in mayonnaise. *Mayonnaise was my egg bath substitute due to my lack of eggs in the fridge and worked well. Good thing because I don’t support abortion.
Combine the dry coating ingredients in a separate bowl.
Place coated chicken in dry bath and toss like a deflated football.
Fill a pot with oil, you don’t need as much as you think and heat to 350 degrees. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Try to maintain oil temperature at 350 degrees (ie you need to increase heat after you add the chicken).
Remove chicken and place in a pan.
Add General sauce and toss at mediumish heat and add orange zest to taste.
I’m too poor to have a wok, but my non-stick pan worked OK. I went easy on the sauce, but add as much as you like.
Heat until your desired caramelization.
And there you have it.
Today’s Recipe Rating:
Novelty Rating: 3 of 5 stars. Likelihood of Repeat: 100% (still have most of the bottle left and chicken is cheap) Lesson Learned: Don’t listen to spouse when she insists on adding more and more orange zest.