I was meal planning recently when I realized it had been some time since I devoured a plate of our General Tso Tofu, one of my all time How to Eat faves.
With no tofu on hand, I did a quick brain storm to figure out how I could get the glorious General Tso flavours into my mouth as quickly as possible (short of just mixing the sauce ingredients and pouring it over ever.y.thing.)
And it came to me. In a lightbulb illumination type moment. Slow Cooker General Tso Pulled Chicken.
This one is going on repeat for a while.
This chicken packs a wallop of sweet, savoury and spicy goodness. The beauty of lightly sweetened coconut rice and crisp, cold, crunchy lettuce as side kicks, can’t be overstated either. The combination is heaven. And my heaven involves a lot of delicious food.
The recipes is also a total weeknight winner. Slow cook chicken while at work. Shred chicken, make rice, chop lettuce once home. 30 minutes easy, guys.
Even better, a build-a-bowl meal is always a family dinner winner too. Kids can help themselves to what they want. They won’t necessarily want it all, they may not want any of the components to touch (especially the lettuce god forbid). But it’s up to them. These are big bold flavours for my 3 year old, so I left some of the shredded chicken plain, and added a small plate of chopped cucumbers and carrots to the table. I’m being considerate, without making an entirely separate meal. Because, no kid. She can pick and choose what she likes or what she’s willing to try and I can relax.
And enjoy my date with General Tso.