General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

At nearly any buffet or take-out place you can find General Tso’s Chicken. General Tso’s Chicken is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors. It is a very popular dish throughout the United States and Canada. This is probably one of the best and easiest recipes around, you will be surprised at how little time it takes to prepare. I decided to get brave and use the boneless skinless chicken thighs, and I wasn’t disappointed. However, If you want to use chicken breasts that would work fine as well. The sauce keeps it nice and simple with only a few necessary ingredients to create the perfect generals sauce. For the frying – it’s your choice if you want to use a deep fryer or wok. What I did was first deep fry the chicken and then fry it in the wok for a few minutes before adding the sauce. What this does is give the chicken bits a spicy flavor coming from the dried chilies that are fried in the oil. If you are looking for an amazing recipe for General Tso’s chicken give this one a try. Serve on top of white rice. Enjoy.

1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1” chunks)
5 dried red chili peppers
3 green onions (sliced)
3 eggs (beaten)
½ cup cornstarch
oil (for frying)
1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl combine cornstarch and beaten eggs. Mix well to create a batter. Add chicken bits and coat thoroughly.
Step 2: To make the sauce- in a small bowl combine rice vinegar, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Heat deep fryer or wok to 375 degrees and deep fried chicken bits in batches. Drain on paper towels.
Step 4: Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil to your wok. Add dried chili peppers to your wok and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add chicken bits to the wok and stir fry for a couple minutes.

Step 5: Add sauce mixture to the wok and cook stirring until the sauce becomes thickened and bubbly. Garnish with green onions and serve.
(Makes about 2 servings)


156 Responses to “General Tso’s Chicken Recipe”

  1. Courtney — September 17, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    This recipe was perfect! It was deeeeelish! Had everyone asking where I ordered from! My only suggestion if you are like me….when I order this fish from take out there’s usually a lot of extra sauce I mix with noodles or rice. I bought lo mein noodles so we could use the excess sauce… Unfortunately there was just enough sauce to cost the chicken, no excess. So next time I may make a little extra to do so. Also couldn’t find whole dried peppers…used crushed red pepper and worked just as good if not better! Awesome recipe.

  2. Penny @ From Harvest To Table — December 18, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Made this tonight exactly as written. The taste was great, but there was not nearly enough sauce. I think the sauce as to be tripled to look like the picture. Also, it would be great to know how long to deep fry the chicken. We tried 3 minutes and I think it was about 4 minutes too long.

  3. Penny @ From Harvest To Table — December 18, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    One more suggestion. You don’t say what temperature to have the wok during the last part of the recipe with the chili’s. High was too hot. I think medium to medium low would be better on a gas stove.

  4. Zee — December 9, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    Hi Bobby, I have been following you since 2008 and I have to say your AWESOME I love your recipes! This is by far the best General Tsos recipe out there EVER!!!

    I always shock and awe family and friends when i use your recipes!! Thank you for sharing all these years!!


  5. Farrah — October 28, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    Super tasty! Just double the sauce and add some water! I added some vegetables too.

  6. Allie — August 13, 2018 @ 11:36 pm

    Lock this recipe in your safe and never lose it! With all the comments on how to improve it………geez….it’s wonderful! It was crispy as all get-out. No two cooks cook the same and we add our own touch sometimes out of necessity and sometimes because our taste cries out for a bit more of this or that.. This is a GREAT recipe and I’m so grateful it was shared. Thank you so much! Thank you Bobby!!! As always, i always dlb. or triple your recipes even the first time I make them. No trust issues here! Allie

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