Sunday, January 10, 2021

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

I am in a ZOOM group through the Madison Library, The International Cooking Group. This month we are celebrating the Chinese New Year. I suggested the recipe for Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken. The recipe is from Chef Savvy

Three hours in the slow cooker set on low. The taste was as good as take-out. There was just enough heat for the 2 of us. When you order this in a restaurant, do people still eat in restaurants? Okay when you order take-out, Support Local, the dish is made with broccoli. Someone in the house does not like broccoli. That is why we used zucchini and yellow squash. Next time I have to make more sauce. You could use chicken thighs but I had the chicken breast in the freezer.

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken from Chef Savvy -

3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup hoisin sauce
4 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Sliced Zucchini and Yellow Squash
green onions for serving, if desired 
Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Toss to coat the chicken with the cornstarch.

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok.

Saute chicken until golden brown on both sides for about 2 minutes on each side. (Note the chicken will not be fully cooked and that is ok)

Add the chicken to the slow cooker.

Add hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.

Pour the sauce onto the chicken and stir to coat the chicken.

Cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Saute the zucchini and squash olive oil and add the slow cooker before serving

We served this over rice. 

I found out that 2021 is the year of the Ox. What does that even mean? 

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

Men born in the Ox year are reliable and trustworthy. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They feel a great responsibility towards their family as well. However, due to their confidence (almost arrogance), they don’t allow anyone to go against their rules. They hold your children to high expectations, even though it might be unrealistic.

Women born in the Ox year are calm and gentle. They will never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative. This no doubt leads to a life of struggles. But no matter what, they will walk down the road they choose until the end. Despite this stubbornness, they think and react quickly.

I did a little more research and found out I was born in the year of the Dog. The eleventh sign. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster, and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.

Yeah just like me, always late to the party.

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