I looove Chinese food. But haven’t actually been to a Chinese restaurant or ordered Chinese food in over four years.
Well, I simply haven’t found a restaurant that doesn’t load their sauces with GMOs, rancid vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and MSG. And if I ate all those things in one sitting, my stomach might explode. And I’m just not up for it.
So I make my own. It’s actually really easy and while it may seem like there are a lot of ingredients, you probably have a lot of them already. Ketchup, balsamic, garlic, etc. They’re all pretty common. And they make amazing Chinese food.
I remember loving General Tso’s chicken as a kid. I couldn’t remember the exact flavor so I took a look at some recipes. I came up with my own version of paleo General Tso’s chicken and I think it hits the spot.
- 4 chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup of tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (this kind has no coconut flavor)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp arrowroot powder (you can add more if it doesn’t thicken)
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
- scallions to sprinkle on top
- Dredge the chicken in the tapioca flour, making sure it’s coated.
- Cook on all sides until golden brown and crispy.
- While you’re cooking the chicken, in a medium sized pan add the coconut oil, sesame oil, ketchup, coconut sugar, coconut aminos and balsamic.
- Let it heat up.
- Add the arrowroot and stir continuously until it thickens.
- Once thick, add the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
- Toss the sauce with the chicken.
- Sprinkle scallions on top.