Chinese Food to Induce Labor

When you get to your due date you might start asking around for ideas to get labor started.  Everyone may have ideas for you to try – having sex, walking, nipple stimulation, drinking castor oil, and you name it.  Most of these ideas are not scientifically proven and if they do work, it could just be coincidental.  When you get past your due date your odds of going into labor are pretty high to begin with but why not up the odds by trying out one of the many labor inducing suggestions your friends might be nudging you to try?

Chinese food is supposed to be one of those magical foods that sometimes brings on labor.  While there isn’t a specific recipe that is notorious for inducing labor, this recipe for General Tso's Chicken from might be a great one to try to jump start labor.

General Tso’s Chicken Recipe to Induce Labor


1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
4 boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ginger root, freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups vegetable oil


Marinade chicken pieces:  To make marinade mix hoisin sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, corn starch, and water in mixing bowl.  Put chicken pieces in one quart Ziploc bag and add about 6 tablespoons of hoisin sauce marinade.  Shake bag to coat chicken thoroughly.  Set marinated chicken in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Simmer garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes in vegetable oil over medium heat for about a minute.  Stir in the remainder of hoisin sauce marinade and continue cooking until sauce thickens. Cover sauce with lid and reduce heat.

Mix eggs in bowl to dredge chicken in.  In separate bowl mix cornstarch, flour, baking soda and baking soda.  Dredge chicken into eggs then cornstarch mixture.

Heat oil in large frying pan on medium high heat.  Cook coated chicken on medium high heat for about 1 or 2 minutes per side.  Then added cooked chicken to hoisin sauce mixture and simmer for about a minute or until chicken is coated well.  Serve over rice.

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