General Tso Shrimp with sweet chili sauce and broccoli is a sweet and spicy dinner served over rice using succulent shrimp instead of chicken. Make this quick and easy weeknight dinner at home instead of ordering Chinese takeout!


General Tso's Sweet Chili Shrimp

What’s your favorite protein?

Mine has to be shrimp. If I could use shrimp in all of my cooking instead of chicken or beef, I’d be a happy girl.

Not only is shrimp one of the easiest, quickest proteins to cook, I just love the taste.

Today’s recipe is one of my favorite dinners this month – General Tso’s Sweet Chili Shrimp. This Asian-inspired quick meal served with rice and broccoli is a much healthier alternative than typical Chinese takeout.


My inspiration for this dish were my tastebuds.

About once a month, I get Chinese takeout for lunch at work, and I almost always order the general tso’s chicken.

Even though the chicken is great, I always feel jipped with two pieces of broccoli. Bring on more broccoli!


Peeling shrimp

I swear these are the biggest shrimp I have ever worked with – about as big as the palm of my hand! This was my first time using a shrimp cleaner.

I’ve peeled shrimp once before by hand, and it definitely wasn’t this easy; usually I just buy shrimp already peeled.

At first I was skeptical. Do I really need a one-task tool in my drawer? Yes – if you plan on shelling more than a dozen shrimp (and trust me – 5 pounds of shrimp is way more than a dozen).

You devein and shell the shrimp in one movement. It took me a few tries to get it right, but once you get a groove going, shelling becomes a breeze.


General Tso's Sweet Chili Shrimp

For the sauce, I made a variation of general tso’s sauce by using sweet chili sauce.

I have a homemade recipe for the sauce or you can pick up a bottle in the Asian food aisle.

Now I know the sauce on the shrimp doesn’t look as dark as traditional sauce, but I promise the flavor is there. In fact, dare I say my sauce is even better.

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Plate of general tso shrimp with broccoli and rice

General Tso Shrimp

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

General Tso Shrimp with sweet chili sauce and broccoli is a sweet and spicy dinner served over rice using succulent shrimp instead of chicken. Make this quick and easy weeknight dinner at home instead of ordering Chinese takeout!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 ounces raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and patted dry
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (or hoisin sauce for a more traditional sauce)
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce*
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, add water, rice, and a pinch of salt then bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and cover. Simmer 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed and rice is fluffy. Remove from the heat and let sit covered 10 minutes.
  2. While the rice is cooking: In a large skillet, add oil. Once hot, add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook 1 minute then flip and cook another 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the broccoli and cook 3 minutes.
  4. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together broth, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch.
  5. Pour sauce into skillet then cook until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Serve over rice.

    Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

Notes

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