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Dinner Date with General Taoski

(General Tao-style sauce)
Here it is, my sweet-tasting General Tao… with no refined sugar.
  • Preparation 20 minutes
  • Cooking 20 minutes
  • Power Medium heat
  • Quantity Serves 4
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  • 2 large chicken breasts or a block of tofu, cubed

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 3 tbsp. flour (regular or gluten-free)

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger

  • ¼ cup green onion, cut diagonally (or onion)

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup Madame Labriski date puree

  • 3 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)

  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce (optional)

  • 2 tbsp. ketchup-style BBQ sauce

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts or a block of tofu, cubed

  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 3 tbsp. flour (regular or gluten-free)

  • ½ tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger

  • ¼ cup green onion, cut diagonally (or onion)

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup Madame Labriski date puree

  • 3 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)

  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce (optional)

  • 2 tbsp. ketchup-style BBQ sauce

13 steps

  • Prepare the protein: coat the protein with cornstarch. (Personally, I just put everything in a bowl with a lid and give it a good, vigorous shake… like castanets.)

  • Put the egg, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir well.

  • Add the protein to the mixture and coat thoroughly.

  • Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat.

  • Add the coated protein and fry for about 10 minutes or until all sides are golden brown.

  • Set aside.

  • Prepare the TAOSKI SAUCE: Put the sesame oil, ginger and green onions into the same skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.

  • Add the water, date puree and vinegar and simmer for about 2 minutes.

  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce.

  • Add this mixture along with the oyster sauce and BBQ sauce (or ketchup) to the skillet.

  • Simmer for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

  • Return the reserved protein to the skillet and stir until everything is heated through.

  • Serve with vegetables and vermicelli. YUMSKI!

History

Who doesn’t like General Tao? But I find that there’s too much batter in the store-bought takes on this recipe and, more importantly, far too much sugar. As my kids love eating General Tao tofu, I decided to come up with a version with NO REFINED SUGAR. How? By using date puree. CRAZY! This makes it deliciously sweet, but you get fibre as an added bonus. Unbelievable, I know! Who wants to go on a dinner date with General Taoski? Hahaha!

Guaranteed success. You have Madame Labriski’s word.

Storage

  • 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Date puree is high in fibre and that’s why it can keep us going for long periods of time, while letting us enjoy the taste of pure happiness. The natural choice for all your guilt-free treats. Yumski!

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FAQ

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!