Lighter General Tso’s Chicken~ light recipe

01/20/2012 8:00 am · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Thanks to Joy for this recipe

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
2 large egg whites
Sea salt and ground pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add snow peas, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes; toss to combine, and set aside.
2. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken, and toss to coat.
3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and chicken, and set aside (reserve skillet).
4. Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat.
Serve with rice

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4 comments
Crystal
Crystal

Anna Maria, if you want to know the nutritional value for any recipe you can go to sparkpeople dot com and enter all the ingredients and it will break it down for you (it's free: ) )

Joy
Joy

OMG..I'm so excited to see my recipe! Anna Maria, I'm sorry they did'nt have any information with the recipe. But to keep it light , you need to use brown rice , rinsing it before you cook it. Also the oil for frying can keep it lighter by using a lighter oil. You can also use Light soy sauce!

Anna Maria
Anna Maria

I know its a light recipe but where can we get the nutritional value for this recipe?

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