Lighter General Tso’s Chicken

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

A completely lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

I love playing around with “lightened-up” recipes. You save on so many calories, and if it tastes half as good as the original, I’m a happy camper. But this general tso’s chicken tastes nothing like a skinny version. If anything, I think it tastes even better than the original!

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Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

So how is this version lightened-up? Well, for starters, nothing is deep fried. Everything gets baked right in the oven. And if you’re worried about losing that amazing crispness, well, have no fear. With the use of crushed up Corn Flakes, the chicken comes out amazingly crunchy and crisp! You’d be amazed that this was actually baked in the oven.

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken - A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

So there you have it – a Chinese take-out favorite completely lightened up and baked to absolute perfection. It’s so good, no one would believe it’s a homemade “skinny” version!

Lighter General Tso’s Chicken

A lightened-up, baked version made with half the calories. And it tastes even better than the original!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups crushed Corn Flakes

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Working in batches, dredge chicken in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in crushed Corn Flakes, pressing to coat.
  3. Place onto prepared baking sheet and coat with nonstick spray. Place into oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 13-15 minutes.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine chicken broth, hoisin, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch until thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken and gently toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Pinch of Yum and Cooking Classy