I love Chinese food, whether it's more "authentic" like salt and pepper duck tongues, or something more Chinese-American such as pork fried rice. One of the Chinese-American dishes I crave most often is General Tso's Chicken.
It's sweet, tangy, and spicy. The chicken is still crispy. Broccoli is usually included, smothered in the sauce and still crisp as well.
The problem is, I don't live near any good sources of General Tso's. It's usually overly sweet, never ever spicy, and once Tom and I ordered Orange Chicken and General Tso's and we literally couldn't tell them apart. Which is really sad because Orange Chicken is the bee's knees too. So I decided to make it myself!
With help from Serious Eats of course. I highly recommend their recipe. It hit all the flavor notes I wanted, spicy, tangy, sweet. And I was able to follow it closely with great success!
You can cook the broccoli in a wok, or blanch it ahead of time and bring it up to temp when you mix everything together, but I just microwaved it until it was the consistency I wanted. There were so many dishes from the main dish, it was nice to just dirty a piece of Tupperware with steam and green bits.
I also recommend The Search for General Tso, a documentary following the inception of the dish. Just make sure you watch it after you've made this for dinner!