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    General Tso’s Chicken

    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!

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    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.

    Some of our favorite stir fry dishes here on GypsyPlate are our Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef and Ground Turkey Stir Fry.

    Now comes this General Tso’s Chicken, which is surely one of the most popular menu items at takeout places across the country!

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    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!

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    Ingredients

    • Chicken – Boneless skinless thigh, please. Breast meat tends to become tough and dried out. Cut into bite sized pieces.
    • Eggs
    • Cornstarch
    • Soy sauce
    • Pepper
    • Garlic
    • 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.

    chicken cooking in a wok

    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.

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    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.

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    Make it the best Chinese night yet with this great General Tso’s Chicken recipe. This is a surefire hit dish that the whole family will love to dig in to.

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    General Tso’s Chicken, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    serving of general tso's chicken on the Gypsy Plate

    Try these other tasty Asian inspired dishes!
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    General Tso's Chicken

    Yield: 4-6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    This General Tso's Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea, and tastes so much better than takeout!

    Ingredients

    Chicken

    • 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

    Sauce

    • 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

    Instructions

    1. In a bowl, whisk together egg, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and pepper. Toss the chicken in this mixture.
    2. Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
    3. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken pieces and fry till it becomes golden brown on all sides.
    4. Once the chicken is cooked, add in chopped garlic and cook for a minute or two.
    5. Pour in sauce. Simmer for a few minutes till it thickens up.
    6. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

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