I’ve said this a couple of times, Date Night is a big deal for us here in Hobbitville. We don’t go anywhere so that is one night when we can just hang and be chilled, enjoy the night and unwind from the week. There’s a great Chinese place about 30 miles away (that’s considered ‘close’ in these parts) that we used to run out and pick up take-out on Fridays, bring it home, and chow down. Yeh, 30 miles is a bit of a hike for take-out, but lets just say the traffic laws around here are, ummm, lax. Double-yellow lines? Just a suggestion. Speed limits? Ahahahahaha. As long as it’s not dark out or snowing like hell, can make that trip in under 20 minutes. After dark, the fear of moose or deer is too high, so it takes a little longer but usually the food was still hot when I made it back. We’d share some chicken wings, crab rangoons, spare ribs, General Tao’s Chicken, and fried rice. All this came to a sad end when we went keto. Well, thanks to Ruled.me and some Hobbit creations, that tonight changed :).
This General Tao’s recipe was posted on the Keto Plus FB page. I’ve linked the original recipe here, I tweaked this a little and wow, did it come out nice! I needed to have fried rice with it, so out came the old stand by, cauliflower, and dagnabit, it worked! Ready for some Date Night goodness? Let’s go!!
General Tao’s Chicken:
- 1lb Chicken Breasts
- 1/2 cup Crushed pork rinds or keto tortillas chips
- 2 tbsp unflavored whey protein powder
- 2 tbsp Cup Almond Flour
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup diced onions and peppers
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. concentrated tomato paste
- 1 tsp. Stevia
- 2 tsp. Hemp Oil
- 1 tsp. Hoisen Sauce
- 1 tsp. Red Chili Paste
- 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Minced Ginger
- 1/4 tsp. Xanthan Gum
Preheat oven to 325F. Heat the oils together in a skillet on med-high. Get a baking\casserole dish out and handy.
Cut the chicken into cubes. In a bowl or large (1 gallon) plastic bag, mix together the crushed chips\rinds and almond flour. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. A couple at a time, dunk the chicken chunks in the egg mixture, coating all sides, then either roll in the crumb bowl, or if you lazy….errrr…efficient like me, drop them in the bag and shake them. Once you have all of them coated, arrange as many as you can in the hot oil, making sure you leave a little room around each so they cook instead of just soak up the grease. Turn until all sides are a little crisped up but try not to overcook. Place them in the baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked, then sprinkle the onions and peppers around the gaps between the chicken. Keep the pan warm, you can use it for frying the ‘rice’
Now, let’s make the sauce. Toss it all in a bowl, whisk it up so it is all combined. Dead simple, huh? Now pour over the chicken, trying to hit each one if possible. If you can’t, don’t fret (you’ll see why in a minute). Put in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove. Turn each piece of chicken over.
Put back in the oven for 15 minutes. At this point, start the fried rice (below) Take out. Using tongs, remove the chicken piece by piece to a bowl. then pour the sauce over the top, give a gentle stir and plate up (or if you are really in the Date Night mood, into some of those little white boxes 🙂 ).
Make the rice:
- 1 bag of frozen cauliflower
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp vinegar (white, rice, red, doesn’t really matter)
- 1/2 tsp Oriental Five Spice powder (or a dash of cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, nutmeg mixed together)
- 1/4 cup diced onions
Nuke cauliflower for 7-8 minutes until cooked. Rice up in food processor. Dump in the hot skillet. Mix the spices and liquides together in a bowl. Return to cauliflower, stir and mixe until the cauilflower starts to brown just a little, Add onions. Continue mixing until the cauliflower is uniformly brown and the onions just a little soft. Add seasoning mixture and stir well so all the ‘rice’ is coated\wet. Continue to stir until all liquid gone. If the chicken isn’t done yet, turn to low. Otherwise, serve it up!!!