General Tso's Chicken over Ramen Noodles & Broccoli

General Tso's Chicken

over Ramen Noodles & Broccoli

25 MIN
4 Servings
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For a crowd-pleasing variation on a Chinese-American favorite, bites of tender chicken and crisp peppers come together in a sweet, spicy sauce made from honey, hoisin, and gochujang (a Korean chile paste). It's all served over a bed of ramen noodles and broccoli dressed with savory sesame oil.
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ingredients
General Tso's Chicken over Ramen Noodles & Broccoli
Title
  • 18 oz Chopped Chicken Breast
  • ½ lb Broccoli
  • 1 lb Fresh Ramen Noodles (Previously Frozen)
  • 2 Tbsps Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang
  • 2 Tbsps Honey
  • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • ¼ cup Hoisin Sauce
  • ⅓ cup Asian-Style Sautéed Aromatics
  • 2 Red, Yellow, Or Orange Bell Peppers
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. In a bowl, whisk together the hoisin, vinegar, honey (kneading the packet before opening), 1/4 cup of water, and as much of the gochujang as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. 

Cook the chicken
2 Cook the chicken

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

Cook the peppers & sauce
3 Cook the peppers & sauce

To the pan of reserved fond, add the sautéed aromatics and sliced peppers; season with salt and pepper (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil). Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat.

Cook the noodles & broccoli
4 Cook the noodles & broccoli

Meanwhile, add the broccoli florets and noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring  occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking. Return to the pot. Add the sesame oil and season with salt and pepper; stir to coat. 

Finish & serve your dish
5 Finish & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked peppers and sauce, add the cooked chicken. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly coated and combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished chicken, peppers, and sauce over the finished noodles and broccoli. Garnish with the sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Cut off and discard the bottom 1/2 inch of the broccoli stem; cut the broccoli into small florets. In a bowl, whisk together the hoisin, vinegar, honey (kneading the packet before opening), 1/4 cup of water, and as much of the gochujang as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. 

2 Cook the chicken

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of cornstarch sizzles immediately when added, add the coated chicken in an even layer (discarding any excess cornstarch). Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. 

Cook the chicken
Cook the peppers & sauce
3 Cook the peppers & sauce

To the pan of reserved fond, add the sautéed aromatics and sliced peppers; season with salt and pepper (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil). Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat.

4 Cook the noodles & broccoli

Meanwhile, add the broccoli florets and noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring  occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water 30 seconds to 1 minute to prevent sticking. Return to the pot. Add the sesame oil and season with salt and pepper; stir to coat. 

Cook the noodles & broccoli
Finish & serve your dish
5 Finish & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked peppers and sauce, add the cooked chicken. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly coated and combined. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished chicken, peppers, and sauce over the finished noodles and broccoli. Garnish with the sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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