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General Tso's Vegan "chicken"

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General Tso's Vegan
2011-06-08 Other
3.3 6

This tastes similar to the vegan General Tso's Chicken in the deli section of many Whole Foods Markets. So far, every meat-eater I've served it to has liked it, usually asking for seconds. The seitan gives the dish a meaty texture, the breading adds crispiness, the sauce is a pleasing blend of sweet and tart, and the broccoli provides crunch (and vitamins).

  • Servings: 2 large servings or 4 small servings
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

12 oz Seitan, use drained weight if packed in water
½ lb Broccoli, chopped (fresh is best; frozen is ok
½ Small-to-medium Onion, chopped, not too finely
1 tsp Minced Fresh Ginger
3 Tbsp Peanut Oil, a bit less if using a non-stick pan
Batter, for the seitan:
¼ cup All-purpose Flour, rice flour, or spelt flour
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Egg Replacer, such as energ-g
¼ tsp Baking Powder
¼ cup Plain Unsweetened Soy Milk
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
For The Sauce:
¼ cup Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
3 Tbsp Vegetable Broth
3 Tbsp Sugar or 2 1/4 Tbs. Agave Nectar
2 tsp Cornstarch

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients for the batter together, then whisk in the soy milk and soy sauce.

Tear the seitan into bite-sized pieces, then mix in with the batter.

Heat 2 Tbs. peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat then add the battered seitan. Fry the seitan, stirring constantly and separating the individual pieces, until it's nice and brown and crispy. This may take 8-10 minutes. Then remove the seitan from the wok and set aside.

Add the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil to the wok, then add the broccoli and onion. Stir-fry for a few minutes. Don’t let the broccoli get too soft; it should still retain its color. Add the ginger and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the sauce and cook for another 3 minutes or so until it thickens. When the sauce is almost thick enough, turn the heat to low and stir in the seitan for about a minute.

Serve over rice, or over soba or udon noodles.