This General Tso's Chicken recipe is a homemade version of the classic Chinese dish popular in restaurants and takeout
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Easy General Tso Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken is crispy and tender chicken thighs coated with a homemade general tso’s sauce.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: General Tso Chicken, General Tso Chicken Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Cindy

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

General Tso Sauce

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low-sodium recommended
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Serving - optional

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • green onion minced

Instructions

  • Into a large ziplock bag, add the cubed chicken and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Seal and shake until coated. Set aside.
  • Make the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, water, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Add the oil and wait 30-60 seconds until it's very hot.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the pan, shaking off excess cornstarch as you go. If you have more than fits in one layer, save half for a second batch.
  • Fry for 3-5 minutes, turning from time to time to brown evenly. Remove to a plate and reserve.
  • Remove all fat except for a tablespoon, then add in the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan and mix thoroughly with the ginger-garlic.
  • Pour in the sauce mixture, and stir constantly until it's just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, less than one minute.
  • Remove from heat, serve immediately and enjoy!

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Notes

It’s best not to crowd the pan to help them brown, so do it in batches if your pan is smaller.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 251mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg