Growing up in my house Sunday dinners usually meant Chinese takeout. I kept up the tradition in college when I found a great Chinese delivery restaurant that delivered, because lets be serious by Sunday I wasn't moving unless I had to (if you know what I mean). As much as I love this tradition there are two big downsides that I have encountered: 1. most Chinese take-out is not exactly the healthiest food choice and 2. I can never seem to be able to eat just one serving. So last weekend when I had a craving for some General Taos Chicken I decided that instead of ordering in that I would make it myself! I have not made this dish before so like most things that I need a recipe for I went searching on Pinterest. I found what looked like a great recipe to try from blogger Joy & Passion
and to make it event better, everything was prepared in a crock-pot! Life couldn't get any easier!! Here is how you can make your own General Taos Chicken next time you get a craving for Chinese food:Ingredients
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 tsp minced garlic (I am not a huge garlic fan so I went a little on the light side)
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like hot)
- 1 16-oz package stir fry veggies
- Place your cutup chicken into the crock-pot.
- Combine remaining ingredients (except the veggies), pour over the chicken and set the crock-pot to cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
- After the chicken has cooked all the way add your frozen veggies, recover and cook for another hour.
- Serve over rice, rice noodles or enjoy by itself.
Not only was this a great healthy alternative to what I normally have delivered (solved problem #1), I was able to add more veggies, and I only prepared one serving of rice noodles (thus solving problem #2). This dish was extremely filling and I had plenty of leftovers to enjoy 3 other times this past week. I would have to declare this recipe officially pinned to my recipe page!
Do you have a favorite take-out dish that you have learned to make yourself? Be sure to share your recipe in the comments section below! Have a wonderful weekend!!
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