Keto Bites: General Tso’s Chicken

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One of my all-time favorites. My go-to when I used to order from the Chinese take away. One of the reasons I got fat in the first place. General Tso’s Chicken. The sweet, spicy, savory mixture of sticky sauce slathering that chicken is something I never wanted to forget. This goes great with Cauliflower Fried Rice!

General Tso's Chicken

I’ve been experimenting with the sauce since I made the sweet and sour chicken, and I’ve hit the nail on the head! This is one recipe that those of us on a ketogenic diet shouldn’t go without trying.

I wasn’t able to get red chili’s from my grocer, but I highly suggest you use them. For me, this recipe wasn’t spicy enough. The great thing about General Tso’s is that the red chili’s is that every now and again you get a burst of spice that adds a great depth of flavor. For me, I only got a mild spice from the red chili flakes, and it wasn’t enough.

Flavor wise, this chicken is fantastic. I think the depth of flavor that the Hoisen sauce adds makes it worth the extra few carbs, same goes with the chili paste.

If you’re in a bind for time and can’t cook them in the oven, there’s an easy solution. Instead of only par-frying them, fry them so they’re cooked all the way through, drizzle the sauce on top, and serve. If you do this, it may be best to cook the sauce in a saucepan on the stove for a while to allow the flavors to develop a little bit. Also, Id suggest using 1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum if you use this method, as the sauce won’t have as much time to thicken up.

Yields 3 servings that is ~ 1.4 pounds.

The Preparation

Chicken

  • 6-7 small chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup crushed pork Rinds
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Sauce

  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons erythritol
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum

Garnish with chives, red chili pepper flakes, or red chili peppers.

The Execution

1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Place about half a bag of pork rinds in the food processor.

 General Tso's Chicken

3. Pulse them until they are a fine and ground powder.

 General Tso's Chicken

4. Remove the pork rind dust from the food processor and put it in a bowl. Add your almond flour and mix it well.

 General Tso's Chicken

5. In a separate bowl, scramble 2 eggs for dipping the chicken in.

 General Tso's Chicken

6. Clean off your chicken breasts, getting rid of any fatty or gritty parts.

 General Tso's Chicken

7. Cube your chicken breasts, trying to be as uniform as possible.

 General Tso's Chicken

8. Now get your station ready.

 General Tso's Chicken

9. Dip the chicken into the egg, dip it into the pork rids and almond flour, and then put them off to the side to get them ready for frying.

 General Tso's Chicken

10. In a pan, heat up 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil and 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil. Once it is hot, add your chicken to fry.

 General Tso's Chicken

11. Continue frying them, flipping them over when needed to create a crust. You don’t want to cook them all the way through here because we’ll be cooking them in the oven later.

12. Once they are finished frying, transfer them to a baking tray. I do about 2-3 batches of frying before I’m finished. Overcrowding the pan will allow too much of the oil to be soaked up and create a soggy texture. Add more oil to the pan as needed.

 General Tso's Chicken

13. Let’s get started on the sauce. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl.

 General Tso's Chicken

14. Mix it well until thoroughly combined. It should have a dark red color to it.

 General Tso's Chicken

15. Cover your fried chicken cubes in the sauce.

 General Tso's Chicken

16. Mix the sauce and the chicken well, but being careful – you don’t want the batter to peel off.

 General Tso's Chicken

17. Put the chicken in the oven for 60 minutes. Every 15 minutes you’ll be taking it out to flip the chicken.

18. After 15 minutes there should not be much change, stir the chicken and make sure every piece has sauce.

19. After 30 minutes you can see that the sauce has started to thicken. Continue to mix the sauce and the chicken, flipping the chicken pieces of needed.

 General Tso's Chicken

20. After 45 minutes you see that it’s almost done. Flip the chicken and cook another 15 minutes.

 General Tso's Chicken

21. After the one hour is up, the sauce has become thick and rich. Serve as you see it now, without mixing it, to give a nice sauce crust on the chicken.

 General Tso's Chicken

This makes about 3 servings at 1.4 pounds each, depending on the size of chicken breasts you use. At 3 servings, it came out to: 566 Calories, 37.3g Fats, 4.5g Net Carbs, and 59.3g Protein.

Keto General Tso’s Chicken Calories Fats (g) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Net Carbs (g) Protein (g)
6 Small Chicken Breasts 700 15 0 0 0 125
3/4 Cup Crushed Pork Rinds 240 27 0 0 0 27
1/3 Cup Almond Flour 211 18 8 4 4 8
2 Large Eggs 140 14 1.4 0 1.4 12
1/4 Cup Chicken Broth 4 0 0 0 0 0.8
2 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce 25 0 0 0 0 5
2 Tbsp. Reduced Sugar Ketchup 10 0 2 0 2 0
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil 120 14 0 0 0 0
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil 130 14 0 0 0 0
2 tsp. Sesame Oil 80 9 0 0 0 0
1 tsp. Hoisen Sauce 8 0 2 0 2 0
1 tsp. Red Chili Paste 18 1 2 0 2 0
1 tsp. Garlic Powder 9 0 2 0 2 0
1/2 tsp. Minced Ginger 3 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1698 112 17.4 4 13.4 177.8
Keto Bites: General Tso’s Chicken

This makes about 3 servings at 1.4 pounds each, depending on the size of chicken breasts you use. At 3 servings, it came out to: 566 Calories, 37.3g Fats, 4.5g Net Carbs, and 59.3g Protein.

The Preparation

    Chicken
  • 6-7 small chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup crushed pork Rinds
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Sauce
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons erythritol
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Optional
  • Garnish with chives, red chili pepper flakes, or red chili peppers.

The Execution

  1. Put pork rinds in the food processor and pulse them until crushed.
  2. Combine almond flour with pork rinds in one bowl, scramble 2 eggs in another bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 325F. Wash and cube chicken breasts.
  4. Dip chicken in egg, dip chicken in pork rinds and almond flour.
  5. Fry chicken in olive and coconut oil.
  6. Make sauce and cover chicken with sauce.
  7. Bake chicken in sauce for 1 hour, turning/mixing chicken every 15 minutes.
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