GENERAL TSO MEATBALLS

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS:
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 4 slices bread (insides only)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C heavy whipping cream
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBLS ginger, freshly grated or in tube
  • 2 TBLS fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 TBLS soy sauce
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1 1/2 TBLS sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 TBLS olive oil
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBLS ginger, freshly grated or in tube
  • 1 tsp McCormick crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 C hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C orange marmalade
  • 3 TBLS rice wine vinegar
  • 2 TBLS soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C water
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Is it the meatballs or is it the sauce…I’m not sure I can answer…the meatballs are super tender and the sauce…sweet and spicy! You may never order General Tso Chicken as take-out any longer!

I like the twist of using meatballs instead of the traditional fried chicken pieces. It’s definitely a healthier version. Once again, this recipe is super easy and quick to prepare…by the time you steam/cook rice…you will be ready for dinner…20 to 25 minutes tops!

In a bowl, pour in about 1/2 cup of the heavy whipping cream. Tear the bread into tiny pieces and place in bowl with cream. Add more cream if the mixture is too dry. Allow the bread to soak in the cream for at least 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 475 degrees…yes…I said that correctly! Add in the ginger, garlic, parsley, soy sauce and ground chicken to the bread mixture. Mix with hands to incorporate. The mixture may be a bit sticky…do not worry…this means the meatballs will be super tender.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and form meatballs…I used my hands…with the mixture being quite sticky…I would probably use an ice cream scoop or spoons the next time.

Place meatballs on parchment and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. I did roll mine as they were baking so as to brown all sides. I had to bake these in two batches.

As the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce. In a bowl, combine the hoisin, soy sauce, orange marmalade, brown sugar and rice wine vinegar. Mix well.

In a pan, heat up the sesame and olive oil. Add in the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. If you want more or less spice…alter the amount of red pepper flakes, accordingly. Allow to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring almost continuously.

Pour in the hoisin mixture. Whisk and allow to cook and thicken for about five minutes…whisk often. Turn heat off or to a very low setting. If the sauce seems too thick add the water.

As the meatballs finish baking, place in pan and coat with the sauce. You can definitely eat these alone and/or maybe even serve as an appetizer to your guests or as a meal. I prepared mine as a meal with rice and steamed broccoli…you will definitely ENJOY!!!

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