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3.03.2014

Healthier General Tso's Chicken Tenders




General Tso's Chicken is one take out dish I never get sick of, nor does my husband! After making  General Tso's Cauliflower for the blog recently and then these Sriracha Chicken Tenders.... I got to thinking I should combine the two dishes since they have been so popular on the blog and at home.

These tenders are baked not fried, and instead of using thigh meat like most General Tso's recipes we are using healthier leaner breast meat. When the tenders are done baking, we roll them in our homemade General Tso's sauce and then enjoy.

My husband and I like to dip them in my mom's homemade chili sauce, duck sauce or even sweet and sour sauce. Though the tenders are great all on their own and can even be served over rice.






Healthier General Tso's Chicken Tenders:
Recipe adapted from my Sriracha Chicken Tenders and General Tso's Cauliflower which was adapted from Foodie With Family's General Tso's Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into tender strips
1 cu of plain Greek Yogurt (I like Cabot)
1/4 cup milk
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sriracha 
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups plain bread crumbs
For your sauce:
2 1/2 tsp minced ginger root
3 cloves of minced garlic  
1 1/2 cups chicken stock  
1/3 cup soy sauce  
2 tbs cornstarch  
2 tsp garlic chili sauce ( you can find this in the Asian isle at most grocery stores)  
1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed  
1 tbs sesame oil  
1 tbs peanut oil
Chili sauce, duck sauce, or sweet and sour sauce for serving.... or make an extra batch of General Tso's sauce to dip

Directions:
  1. To prepare your chicken, slice breasts into thin tenders.
  2. In a large Ziploc bag, add 1 cup Greek yogurt, milk, soy sauce, 1 tbs sriracha, and salt. Shake/Mix (make sure it's zipped!) until combined. 
  3. Add in chicken tenders, give a shake to evenly coat.
  4. Place in the refrigerator overnight. 
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Place, flour, bread crumbs and salt in a shallow dish ( I use a pie plate).
  7. Give the mixture a stir with a fork. 
  8. Remove chicken from marinade, (discard leftover Greek yogurt mixture), and roll chicken pieces in the coating. 
  9. Place tenders  on a greased baking sheet. 
  10. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crisp, and golden. 
  11. While they are baking prepare your sauce. 
  12. In a  sauce pan, add sesame oil and peanut oil with your garlic and ginger. Saute until fragrant.  
  13. Mix in remaining sauce ingredients and whisk constantly over medium high heat, until it comes to a low boil. 
  14. Remove sauce from heat, and toss cooked chicken tenders in it to evenly coat.
  15. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. 
  16. Serve with dipping sauce of your choice.

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17 comments:

  1. What is sriracha??

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    1. Thia hot sauce, it can be found with the other hot sauces at your grocery store or in the Asian/Ethnic food isle.

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  2. These chicken tenders mean business. My husband is going to love these. Pinned and shared!

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  3. Oh my gosh I am in love with this healthy version of general tsos chicken. Sign me up to make this.

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  4. OK I'm all about cooking, but have questions? Are you saying they're healthier cuz they're "low fat" I'm sorry it appears you've made your self a part of the "low fat" lie low fat anything doesn't prevent heart disease or lower cholesterol. It (low fat lie) was a theory that was presented as fact with no proof it actually worked. This "Fact' was later shown to have no bearing what so ever on either of the above. But you heard no media hoopla about the lie because" low fat" became a billion dollar industry. While your recipe is great tasting, please stop being a part of the lie. Don't push it as healthier.

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    1. First off. I made no mention of this being a "Low Fat Recipe", so I am not sure why you chose to come here and argue. I use real, wholesome ingredients in this recipe. No "light" or "low fat" items, so that billion dollar industry you are preaching about? Not something I am supporting. This is a healthy chicken recipe. A heck of a lot better than the deep fried alternative.

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  5. Ahhh, I'm loving everything about this chicken! You seriously rock my world with your amazing recipes!

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  6. I love General Tso's. Love the idea of having it as an appetizer!

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  7. Love this!!! I am such a kid at dinner time. Anything dippable is my jam!

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  8. I love General Tso's,...my boyfriend might like it more than me lol nonetheless, thanks for posting this beauty! Can't wait to whip it up!

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  9. These look simply amazing! Love how you used breast meat instead of thigh meat - great change up for General Tso's! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC! Rave reviews from my husband and one of his good friends--thanks!!!

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  11. Oh man, I am dying to try out this recipe :) these babies look seriously tasty!

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