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General Tso’s Chicken as quick as takeout—and healthier

By Wendy Ruopp, November 18, 2013 - 12:41pm

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General Tso’s Chicken as quick as takeout—and healthier

In the mood for Chinese tonight? Hold the phone! Takeout is tempting, but you can make a tastier, healthier dinner that will satisfy your craving and be ready as fast as it would take to find the restaurant menu, decide what everyone wants, order and wait.

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To make your own General Tso’s Chicken—a takeout favorite—all it takes is a wok and a handful of basic ingredients to reproduce this must-order dish of saucy chicken and crisp snow peas—with less fat and half as much sodium as the #16 from your neighborhood joint.

And yes, it really can be faster to cook than call. Our Test Kitchen has developed a recipe that is ready in 30 minutes. You might say it really delivers. So ditch the takeout menu and delight your family with this easy makeover instead.

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General Tso’s Chicken
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Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active time: 30 minutes | Total: 30 minutes

In this healthy version of a General Tso’s Chicken recipe, we cut the fat and sodium in half from the original version by not frying the chicken and by using half as much soy sauce in this Chinese-takeout favorite. Serve with steamed baby bok choy or sautéed spinach and steamed brown rice.

What takeout favorite would you like EatingWell to make over? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Budget meals, Dinner, Family meals, Quick meals, Recipe Makeover

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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