Healthy General Tso's Chicken with Cabbage Slaw

Healthy General Tso's Chicken with
Cabbage Slaw

by Donna 

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.  ~Elsa Schiaparelli



Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • kosher salt and ground peper to taste

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbls Braggs Amino Acids
  • 3 tbls toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbls corn starch
  • 1 tbls apple Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbls water
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Cabbage Slaw

  • Small savoy cabbage sliced thin and cut in half
  • 6 carrots peeled and cut into shoestring strips
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into shoestring strips
  • 1/2 small red onion cut into paper thin strips
  • 2 tbls apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Make the sauce in a small bowl by combining water and cornstarch to make a slurry and stir until dissolved. Put aside.
  2. Place honey, amino acids, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and bring to boil.
  3. Slowly stir in cornstarch slurry and reduce heat to a simmer.  Mix until cornstarch has cooked out and sauce has thickened, 5-10 minutes and set aside.
  4. In a large, shallow dish, mix flour, cumin, chili powder and salt.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  6. Set up a bowl with buttermilk and place next to you.
  7. Dredge chicken cubes piece by piece in flour, coat in buttermilk, drip off excess and dredge again in flour and spice mix pressing firmly to make sure it coats.
  8. When oil is hot add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes turning until evenly golden brown on all sides.
  9. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  10. Place all pieces in a large bowl and pour honey sauce to coat completely, then add sesame seeds.
  11. Chop all vegetables for cabbage slaw then mix with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Toss completely.
  12. Put chicken on top of cabbage slaw and enjoy!

General Tso's Chicken was always my favorite dish to order when we went to an Asian restaurant. Unfortunately, it wasn't always the healthiest item to order from the menu.  I would order the brown rice instead of white and steamed broccoli to add a healthy component, but I never felt that this was the best food for my body.  So...I decided to make my own version and by adding the crunch of the cabbage slaw instead of rice, the health benefits are even better.  The only difference your family will notice, is that it didn't come in a take out box!

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