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This is my absolute favorite WW recipe...someone on the 20's board asked for it so I thought I would post it here in case anyone else wants to give it a try.

 

General Tsao's Chicken

makes 4 servings, 6 points each

 

Ingredients:

 

3/4 cup canned chicken broth, reduced-sodium

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1/2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp peanut oil

2 medium scallion(s), chopped

2 medium garlic clove(s), minced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or 1 dried chili pepper, minced

1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), cut into 2-inch pieces

2 cup cooked white rice, kept hot

 

Directions:

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger; set aside.

 

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic and pepper and cook 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes.

 

Add reserved sauce and simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.

 

Serve chicken and sauce over rice. Yields about 1 cup of chicken and sauce and 1/2 cup of rice per serving.

 

from the Weight Watchers website


Gillian / SW: 273.0 / CW: 245.8 (7/25/2009) / GW: 145.0

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We love this recipe at my house! I usually double the ginger and the red pepper flakes, and I use brown rice.


Donna

SW 310

GOAL 12/4/07

Proud to a Vegan WW.

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"Well, it seems to be working for me." Dr Michael Culmer

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How many points?

 

Kaitlin


Lifetime as of November 21, 2005 & getting back to goal!

 

HW - 185

GW - 145

CW - 158

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Oops, I knew I was forgetting something. :)

 

Makes 4 servings, 6 points each, I just edited the original post to reflect that.


Gillian / SW: 273.0 / CW: 245.8 (7/25/2009) / GW: 145.0

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I can't wait to try this one! General Chicken is my favorite dish at the local chinese place and I have been trying to find a good recipe for it! I am going to add broccoli and carrots to it to make it like they make it a Ho-Ho Buffet.

 

 

I'm going to make it tonight - I'll let you know how itturns out

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YUMM!!!

 

This is a keeper. It is similar to the General chicken from my fave Chinese place, but still not the same thing. I added broccoli and baby corn and doubled the recipe so I'd have leftovers to freeze. Thanks so much for posting this one!

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bumping up


Donna

SW 310

GOAL 12/4/07

Proud to a Vegan WW.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan

"Well, it seems to be working for me." Dr Michael Culmer

"Nuts are in hard shells for reasons." Dr John McDougall

"The salad IS the main course." Dr Joel Fuhrman

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I tried this one tonight, and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

 

Christine :D


208.2/169.5/144

SW/CW/WW Goal (PG TBD)

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Guest no ka oi

bump so I can make it for dinner

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bumping since someone asked about the recipe


Gillian / SW: 273.0 / CW: 245.8 (7/25/2009) / GW: 145.0

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So,...would it change the pts if I use Splenda instead of sugar and brown rice instead of white? Hm....I'll have to try to calculate that when I make it. Definitely going to try this one. I absolutely LOVE general chicken!! I think I'll add the broccoli too! More filler is better! OOHHH...maybe some water chestnuts too.... :)


Linette

 

Lifetime: 2/9/06

SW: 187

GW: 150 I got down to 142 at my lowest weight...

 

Re-dedicating myself as of 01/04/11 NewSW:190

CW: 173.0 (-17.) WOOT!!! (08/01/2011)

 

Proud mommy to Kiley Alyssa 6/25/03 and Marisa Gail 2/20/08

 

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Linette, replacing the sugar with splenda would be 2 points less for the whole recipe, or .5 points less per serving. Adding more veggies is always a good idea! I would suggest peppers, onions, brocoli, string beans, water chesnuts. Yum!

 

Also, I think brown rice and white rice are the same in points, although brown is a little more filling/less processed (in my opinion!). Try it with bulgur for lower points!


Lifetime as of November 21, 2005 & getting back to goal!

 

HW - 185

GW - 145

CW - 158

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I always make this with a side of steamed broccoli w/ garlic, red pepper flakes & soy sauce...and I use brown rice too (same points). I'll have to try it with splenda, good call!


Gillian / SW: 273.0 / CW: 245.8 (7/25/2009) / GW: 145.0

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bump to make for dinner tonight!


Lifetime as of November 21, 2005 & getting back to goal!

 

HW - 185

GW - 145

CW - 158

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I was looking for something to do with my chicken tonight. I think I found a winner! :) And it'll be a nice "treat" after WI tonight.

 

Renee


Renee

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sw 180 :rage:

cw 145.0 :embarrass

gw 125 :strong:

 

10% - done 10/12

Half way mark - done 11/30

"Normal" weight- done 1/25

20% - done 1/25

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I've made this one before. I doesn't taste like General Tsao's to me but we love it anyway.


Grainne

 

3/16/02- Made WW Lifetime

4'11"...SW 176lbs CW 154 lbs WGW 115

Rejoining weight 11/17 154 lbs

 

 

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This is one of my DHs very favorite things to order. He was so excited when I suggested I try making the WW version so it is friendly for me! Thanks for the recipe, it sounds yummo!


SW: 189.5

Lifetime Goal: 148 March 2006

CW: 147 (7/19/2010)

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This is my favorite chinese food, so I made it tonight. I added broccoli and then made brown rice, but turned the brown rice into fried rice by adding soy sauce, an egg and peas, so this added 2 pts to the total per serving, and it was awesome!


Andrea

Weight loss isn't about willpower or motivation; it's just the cumulative effects of tiny actions over time. - DietGirl

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I made this tonight, it is awesome!

I used brown rice, added a lot more red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger. I also added water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, green pepper.

 

I will definitely make this again - we like it hot around here, me and DH chugged several glasses of water with this dish! :jump_jack


SW 176.8/CW 167.0/10% goal 159.8/PG135

 

 

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Dude...you have no idea.

 

 

I found this recipe last week and saved it in my computer at work...3x now I've forgotten to print it out & bring it home.

 

Tonight...I was kvetching the whole ride home because I forgot it AGAIN and now I would have to log on and SEARCH for it.

 

Here it is...first post...right on top!

 

YOU SAVED ME!

 

Can't wait to try it!

 

:jumprope:

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Guest divinroatan

Here's another variation of General Tsao's Chicken . . .

 

General Tsao’s Chicken II

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon Splenda

2 teaspoons sesame oil (2 pts)

6 small dried red chilies

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

2 green onions, cut into 1-inch lengths

1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red chilies

1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in water (1/4 pts.)

4 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces (12 pts)

2 teaspoons oil for cooking (2 pts)

Mix first 5 ingredients well in a small bowl.

Place a wok over high heat and add 2 tsp cooking oil, swirling to coat sides. Stir-fry the chilies for 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook two minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, green onions, and crushed chilies; cook for one minute.

Pour in sauce and stir fry for one minute.

In a cup, combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and stir until smooth. Pour slowly into the wok and cook until sauce bubbles and thickens.

4 Servings

Total: 16.25 pts or 4 pts/serving

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Guest justme642

OK. I just realize that I forgot the sugar. ya think that made a big difference??? I couldn't figure out why everyone was enjoying this so much, I even ripped up the recipe BUT I forgot the sugar.

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