Easy General Tso’s Chicken | Just a Taste


Ditch the delivery and fire up the flames for a fast and fresh recipe for Easy General Tso’s Chicken.

Large spoon containing Easy General Tso's Chicken

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then that above shot is my dissertation on the greatest homemade General Tso’s Chicken you will ever taste. A bold but oh-so-accurate claim!

Just look at that ratio of sweet and tangy sauce to crispy chicken pieces. There’s more than enough sauce to generously coat the chicken and spoon atop rice or noodles. Because isn’t that the whole point of takeout-fakeout favorites? I’ll take all the sticky-sweet, slightly sour, super umami sauce, please!

Small and medium glass bowls containing general tso's chicken ingredients

Making takeout favorites at home is nothing new around here. Easy Beef and Broccoli continues to be one of the most popular recipes of all time (more than a decade of deliciousness!) on Just a Taste, and the Thai Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango isn’t far behind.

Stockpot containing minced garlic, ginger and whole chilies with slotted spoon

This recipe for Easy General Tso’s Chicken will be on your dinner table in 30 minutes or less. It’s sweet, savory, sour and every bit as addictive as the restaurant version. The chicken is crispy without being overly breaded (my usual complaint when it comes to General Tso’s), while the sauce is thick and syrupy, just like it should be.

Mouth watering yet? Read on for the recipe and don’t forget the fried rice and homemade fortune cookies to complete your feast!

Gold spoon with homemade Easy General Tso's Chicken

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Easy General Tso’s Chicken

For the chicken:

  • 1/3
    cup
    cornstarch
  • 1/3
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2
    pounds
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1
    Tablespoon
    cornstarch
  • 1/4
    cup
    soy sauce
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    vegetable oil
  • 1/4
    cup
    dried whole chilies
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    minced garlic
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    minced ginger
  • 1/4
    cup
    rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4
    cup
    hoisin sauce
  • 1/4
    cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1
    cup
    chicken stock
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    sesame oil
  • Sliced scallions, for garnishing

Make the chicken:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and flour with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl, tossing to coat. 

Add 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil to a large heavy-bottomed stockpot set over medium-high heat. Line a plate with paper towels. 

Once the oil is hot, shake off any excess flour mixture from the chicken pieces and add them to the oil in batches. (See Note.) 

Cook the chicken pieces in batches, turning as needed, until golden brown and cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked chicken to the paper towel-lined plate then make the sauce.

Make the sauce:

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and soy sauce to make a slurry. Set the slurry aside.

Add the vegetable to a large saucepan set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chilies, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is golden brown, about 1 minute.

Stir in the rice wine vinegar, hoisin, brown sugar, chicken stock and sesame oil. 

Stir in the slurry, bring the sauce to a simmer and cook it until it thickens to the consistency of syrup, about 1 minute.

Return the chicken to the pan and toss to coat. 

Serve the chicken topped with scallions.

Note:

You can test if the oil is hot enough by adding one piece of the chicken to the pan. If it bubbles and floats, the oil is the correct temperature.

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Nutrition Facts

Easy General Tso’s Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 642
Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23g
35%

Saturated Fat 9g
45%

Cholesterol 271mg
90%

Sodium 1431mg
60%

Potassium 838mg
24%

Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%

Sugars 19g

Protein 59g
118%

Vitamin A
1.4%

Vitamin C
0.8%

Calcium
4.9%

Iron
19.7%

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

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