Lightened Up General Tso's Chicken from Our Best Bites intro I was talking to a fellow pregnant woman recently who shared with me her frustrating habit of overconsumption, which I could completely relate to.  Nutrition is so difficult for me when I’m pregnant, and I’m constantly attempting (and usually failing) to fight my cravings.  I instantly felt a kindred spirit with this woman, a sisterhood of sorts.  That was until she told me her big downfall: Oranges.  She couldn’t stop eating oranges.  Ya, we can’t be friends anymore.

I’m more of a fried Chinese food and ice cream kind of girl.   I don’t know what it is about these babies of mine (if you missed the news on Facebook, it’s officially BOY #4 for us!) but they like fried food.  And what’s better than crispy fried chunks of chicken drenched in sticky sweet sauce?  General Tso’s has been a long-time favorite take-out item of mine, so I was excited to try this lightened up version, and it didn’t disappoint.  Super crispy chicken, awesome, flavorful sauce (that’s SO easy to make), and happy kids all around.  This was an instant hit at my house, and I bet it will be at yours, too!

There are a lot of things you can use to bread chicken with a crispy coating, and in this recipe, we’re using good ol’ Corn Flakes.  It really does make a super crisp outer layer, and it holds up in a sauce better than more delicate options like Panko or bread crumbs.

Corn Flakes

You’ll need to prep three dredging bowls: egg whites, flour, and crushed corn flakes.

Dredging Bowls

Dip your chunks of chicken in the flour, then the egg whites, and then finally the corn flakes.  Place them on a metal rack on top of a baking sheet.  The rack makes it so air can circulate around the bottom and get those little pieces crispy all over.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

While the chicken is in the oven baking, you make the super quick sauce.  Mince up some garlic, fresh ginger, and toss some red pepper flakes in there.  If you like spicy food, add extra pepper flakes, or a few squirts of Sriracha.  Or sauté the garlic and ginger in our Chili Olive Oil.

Ginger and Garlic

For sweetness and body, you’ll need some apricot jam.  (I love Smuckers Simply Fruit.)

Smuckers Simply Fruit

You’ll also need hoisin sauce, which you should be able to easily find in the Asian foods aisle of the grocery store.  It lasts a long time in the fridge, so don’t hesitate to buy it just for this recipe.   It’s great in lots of Asian dishes.

Hoisin Sauce

You’ll just sauté the garlic, ginger, and chili flakes for a minute, then add in a mixture of the jam, hoisin sauce, water, soy sauce, and a splash of balsamic vinegar.  It’s thickened with a little corn starch.

The chicken bites cook quickly, and come out super crunchy.

Baked Crispy Chicken

Toss it with the sauce, serve over brown or white rice, and dinner is done!

General Tso's Chicken from Our Best Bites

This totally quenched my take-out cravings; it’s the perfect weeknight dinner.  Pin this baby right now- you’ll thank me later!

Lightened Up General Tso's Chicken from Our Best Bites



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