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Making General Tso's Chicken at Home

I'm trying to recreate an old favorite version of General's Chicken that I remember from my student days. I've tried a few different versions that were good but not quite right, and so I'm hoping some SE-ers can help me brainstorm. I know that I want chicken thighs, deep-fried and crispy. The sauce that I'm aiming for is a thick, red, sweet-spicy sauce, and that's where I'm getting stuck. I assume I want soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and thai chiles. And probably some garlic and ginger. Maybe hoisin? Does anyone have any other ideas for what would make a good General's sauce?

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