General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese restaurant favorite. Skip the takeout, homemade is so much better!
This easy recipe is lightened up, no deep frying required, but still has those same amazing flavors you love.
The next time those Chinese cravings hit, give our version a try. It’ll be one of your new family favorites!
Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in America, and for good reason. Those savory umami flavors, often combined with hints of sweet and spicy, are just too addictive.
Now comes this General Tso’s Chicken, which is surely one of the most popular menu items at takeout places across the country!
What is General Tso’s Chicken?
General Tso’s Chicken is a dish where bite sized chicken chunks are fried, then tossed with a sweet and spicy sauce.
Named after the 19th century military leader Zuo Zongtang (General Tso), the exact origins are debated. Both Taiwan and New York claim to be the place where it was invented.
In any case, sometime in the 1970’s its popularity rapidly grew, and now it can be found in practically every American Chinese restaurant.
The sauce on it’s own can also be used in other dishes, or as a dipping sauce. Check out our General Tso Sauce recipe, you’ll be using it in all sorts of ways!
- Chicken – Boneless skinless thigh, please. Breast meat tends to become tough and dried out. Cut into bite sized pieces.
- Soy sauce
- Sauce – Chicken stock, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, corn starch, red chili flakes.
- Garnishes – Scallions and sesame seeds.
General Tso’s Chicken Recipe
In a bowl, whisk together egg, cornstarch, soy sauce and pepper. Toss the chicken in this mixture.
Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken pieces and fry till it becomes golden brown on all sides.
TIP: Do not overcrowd the pan, this will result in the chicken steaming, rather than frying. Cook in batches if needed.
Once the chicken is cooked, add in chopped garlic and cook for a minute or two.
Pour in sauce. Simmer for a few minutes till it thickens up.
Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
What to Serve with General Tso’s Chicken
The most common way to serve General Tso’s chicken is with steamed white rice or fried rice.
If you’re like us and sometimes like to go the noodle way, you have to try it with our super easy and super delish Spicy Noodles.
Leftovers and Storage
You can refrigerate leftovers for 4-5 days in an airtight container. Reheat on stovetop or in the microwave with a splash of extra water.
Note that while it will still taste great, the chicken will lose its crispiness.
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- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup oil, for frying
- 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- In a bowl, whisk together egg, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and pepper. Toss the chicken in this mixture.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
- Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken pieces and fry till it becomes golden brown on all sides.
- Once the chicken is cooked, add in chopped garlic and cook for a minute or two.
- Pour in sauce. Simmer for a few minutes till it thickens up.
- Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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