Hot, Sweet, Crispy Stir-Fried Chicken

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From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2019

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Of all the styles of Chinese food, this crispy sweet-sour-spicy version is my favorite. The best-known dish in this style is General Tso’s chicken, but it’s also used for sweet and sour pork and crispy orange beef. This recipe is my combination of all three. Chicken is marinated, then deep-fried so that the cornstarch-flour coating forms a delicate but hard crust. Once you get the crispy crust right, you can vary it any way you wish. For extra-extra crispy chicken, dredge the chicken in the