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Toss the chicken with the soy sauce in a small bowl then place in the refrigerator and marinate for 20 minutes.
In medium size bowl thoroughly mix the batter until there are no lumps. Set aside.
In a small bowl measure and combine the remaining cornstarch and the water, reserve for later use.
In a separate bowl, measure and mix the following ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
Transfer the chicken from the marinade to a paper towel lined plate or tray.
Add the sesame oil and set the cookware at 300°F/150°C (medium).
Cook the aromatics for 5 minutes or until they become slightly translucent, making sure they don't burn. Stir freqeuntly.
Add the sauce to the aromatics and lower the temperature to 225°F/110°C (low). Cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce just starts to boil.
Reduce the temperature to 215°F/100°C and whisk in the slurry. Cook the sauce for 1 minute or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of maple syrup.
Using a rubber spatula, transfer the sauce to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wash the pot thoroughly and return to the burner/cooktop
Add the oil then set the burner to Power 5 (medium). Once a thermometer in the oil reads 375°F/190°C, switch to Temperature Control and set the temperature to 425°F/220°C. You will then be ready to fry. Keep in mind that this step may take 7-9 minutes. Chef's note: In Guided Recipes, the system will handle all of this for you!
While the oil heats you can toss the chicken in the batter ensuring to separate and coat each piece.
Using a pair of tongs, carefully add 12-15 pieces of battered chicken to the hot oil making sure not to overcrowd. Without stirring, fry for 2 minutes or until the chicken begins to turn golden brown.
Using a pair of tongs or chopsticks, carefully flip each piece of chicken. Continue frying for 2 more minutes or until the chicken turns golden brown on the outside.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined tray. Make sure your oil is at the right frying temperature before adding another batch of chicken. If needed, return to Power 5 and reheat the oil to 357°F/190°C. Repeat steps 9 & 10 until all of the chicken is cooked.
In a medium bowl, toss the fried chicken in the sauce to coat evenly.
Spoon some chicken in the center of each bowl and garnish the chicken with lime slices, mandarin wedges and sliced scallion greens.
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