General Tso’s Chicken

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General Tso’s Chicken – Deep-fried chicken in a sweet, savory and spicy General Tso’s sauce. This recipe tastes like the best Chinese restaurants.

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General Tso's Chicken with deep-fried chicken in a sweet, savory and spicy General Tso's sauce. This recipe yields authentic flavors like the best Chinese restaurants.

General Tso's Chicken in a Chinese bowl, with a pair of chopsticks.

Chinese General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken (also called General Tso Chicken) is one of the most popular Chinese recipes and most ordered chicken dish in Chinese restaurants in the United States.

It’s made of battered and deep-fried chicken in a sweet, savory, and spicy General Tso’s sauce. It’s served at Chinese restaurants, buffets, and as a popular Chinese takeout item.

Many don’t even dare to ask “How to make General Tso’s Chicken?” because they assume that it’s difficult. But the good news is that it’s very easy to make at home.

General Tso Chicken with delicious General Tso Sauce and red chilis in a bowl.

Who is General Tso?

There was was a brave Chinese general by the name of General Tso (Zuo Zongtang 左宗棠) but the dish was invented by another chef. Learn more about the history and origin of the dish.

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Secret Ingredients:

The authentic recipe of General Tso’s chicken always calls for the following ingredients:

Soy sauce. Use a good quality soy sauce.
Dark soy sauce lends nice dark brown color to the dish.
Chinese rice vinegar plays a vital role in lending the bold vinegary note to the sauce.
Hoisin Sauce is the secret ingredient.
Dried red chilies—an important ingredient in Hunan cooking, making the chicken and the sauce mildly spicy.

Spicy General Tso Chicken cooked with dried red chilies, in a serving bowl with chopsticks.

How Do You Make General Tso’s Chicken?

To make this chicken, you will need chicken meat – I prefer chicken breasts. Cut the chicken into cubes and coat the chicken generously with corn starch. Deep fry the chicken until they turn light to golden brown.

Next, stir fry the minced ginger, garlic, and dried chilies and pour the sauce and cook until the sauce thickens.

How Many Calories Per Serving?

This recipe is only 398 calories per serving.

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General Tso’s Chicken Recipe


Servings 2 people


Prep Time 15 minutes


Cook Time 5 minutes


Total Time 20 minutes

General Tso’s chicken – the BEST and easiest General Tso’s Chicken recipe ever. It’s so delicious and much better and healthier than Chinese takeouts!

Ingredients

Ingredients:


10
oz
boneless skinless chicken meat, (thigh or breast, cut into bite-sized pieces)


1/2
tablespoon
Shaoxing wine


1
pinch
salt


1/3
cup
corn starch


oil for deep frying


1 1/2
tablespoons
oil


3
slices
peeled ginger, (finely minced)


1
clove
garlic, (finely minced)


4-5
dried red chiles, (rinsed and seeded)


2
stalks
scallion, (white-part only, cut into 1-inch lengths)

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Directions

1

Marinate the chicken meat with the Shaoxing wine and salt for 15 minutes. Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.



2

Coat the chicken generously with the 1/3 cup cornstarch. Heat up the oil for deep-frying. Deep fry the chicken until they turn light brown. Dish out with a strainer, draining the excess oil by laying the chicken on a dish lined with paper towels.



3

Heat up a wok with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add the minced ginger, garlic, and dried chilies into the wok, stir-fry until you smell the spicy aroma of the chilies. Pour the sauce into the wok. When the sauce boils and thickens, add the chicken, stir to combine well with the sauce. Add the scallion and stir a few times, dish out and serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

Amount Per Serving (2 people)

Calories 398
Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Cholesterol 91mg30%

Sodium 899mg39%

Potassium 624mg18%

Carbohydrates 44g15%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 17g19%

Protein 34g68%

Vitamin A 425IU9%

Vitamin C 4.5mg5%

Calcium 16mg2%

Iron 1.4mg8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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