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General Tso’s Chicken
with broccoli / farro

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

This was a popular meal in 2018, but we've used our community members' feedback to make it even better! A thicker sauce and added color / flavor from red bell peppers make this quick meal a delicious (and much healthier) variation on the take-out classic.
Smarts: If you cooked farro earlier in the week, this meal is great served over that hearty grain. It can, of course, also be served over rice.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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General Tso’s Chicken with Farro:
  • Farro, semi-pearled / husked and uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Broccoli - 12 oz, chopped
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger (opt) - 1 tsp, grated
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/4 cup
  • Brown sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1 tsp (use less if you prefer less spice)
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Cook farro - (Skip if made ahead for Tuesday.) Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Give it a generous sprinkle of salt and add farro. If you bought semi-pearled or husked farro, it should take about 25 minutes to cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Broccoli / Bell peppers / Garlic / Ginger - Combine broccoli and bell peppers in one container. Store garlic and ginger in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make sauce - Combine stock, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. (Note: Use more or less red pepper flakes depending on how much spice you’d like.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Cube chicken. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. Toss with first part of cornstarch. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Make slurry - Whisk together second part of cornstarch and water.

Make

  1. Heat a wok or skillet with first part of cooking oil over medium heat. Add chicken and saute until chicken is nearly cooked through (it will finish cooking in the sauce), 4 to 5 minutes. Set chicken aside.
  2. Add second part of cooking oil to pan and increase heat to medium-high. Add broccoli and bell peppers. Saute until nearly tender, 3 to 4 minutes (at this point, the vegetables will still have a bit of crunch; if you’d like them more tender, add a splash of water and continue to saute until cooked to your liking).
  3. Add chicken back to pan and pour sauce over top.
  4. When sauce begins to simmer, give cornstarch slurry a stir and add it to sauce.
  5. Cook everything together, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and coats chicken and vegetables, ~2 minutes more.
  6. If farro was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  7. Serve chicken and vegetables over farro. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 29 reviews

Yum! I made both original and vegetarian versions, as we have two meat eaters and two vegetarians in my family. Easy to adapt to individual preferences (e.g., I used carrots instead of broccoli). I made it with rice. The sauce is tasty and plentiful.

By: Jodie
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I had this recipe with rice instead of farro because I couldn't find farro at the shops. This is probably my favorite recipe so far on CookSmarts. I may add a half an onion next time.

By: Carolyn
Posted: Aug 19, 2019
Diet: Original

added carrots and less broccoli! Would add cashews next time too!

By: Roxana
Posted: Aug 15, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious and easy/quick to make! Next time I'll use just a liiiittle less red pepper but overall we loved it!

By: Kathryn
Posted: Aug 13, 2019
Diet: Original

Delicious! We served it over rice at the kids’ request.

By: Michael
Posted: Aug 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Very tasty!!

By: Carrie
Posted: Aug 12, 2019
Diet: Paleo