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Lighter General Tso's Chicken

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Save some calories and a little cash with this DIY makeover of the popular Chinese takeout meal.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower

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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    1 AUG, 2014
    Great recipe! Have added to bookmarks. Taste is as if you went to a restaurant - but healthier!
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    My family loved this recipe - kids included! Made it as written and turned out great. This will definitely make the dinner rotation.
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    I made this recipe for my picky, finicky husband. It's like trying to feed a 3 year old sometimes!! And he LOVED it!! This is now become a staple to our recipes! I'm so happy I found one that's half way decent for us health wise and that he scarfs down with no hesitation. Thank you!
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  • J_Green
    23 JUL, 2013
    This was delicious and surprisingly easy to make! I added frozen peas and water chestnuts to the snow pea mixture. Next time I’ll add carrots to the mix. I will be making this again!
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