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If a recipe calls for Cornstarch can i subsitute for something else? Like General Tso's, Kung Pao chicken etc?

I dont own any cornstarch because i never use it or need it.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:01 PM on Apr. 7, 2011 in Food & Drink

Answers (9)
  • It's a thickener in those recipes. You might be able to use flour instead.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:03 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • You really NEED the cornstarch, but you can use flour in it's place in a pinch.

    Answer by vbruno at 2:03 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Especially if the cornstarch is for coating the chicken. Flour will work just fine

    Answer by vbruno at 2:04 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • You can thicken sauces with flour instead, but do not make the slury like with cornstarch. If coating the chicken flour will work too, but you won't get the same effect. Cornstarch is very inexpensive and lasts for a very long time. I would go ahead and get a box it will make the difference in your flavors.

    Answer by scout_mom at 2:37 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • flour is your other option, but you need to make a "rew" first.

    Answer by sodapple at 4:29 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • I'd just go buy a box of cornstarch, it's less than a dollar. And what sodapple is talking about is a roux. I don't like replacing cornstarch with flour, it doesn't taste the same.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:38 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • you can use flour

    Answer by fryshannon34 at 8:15 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Flour!

    Answer by MommaSiete at 11:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2011

  • Potato starch

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:11 AM on Apr. 10, 2011

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