General Tso's Chicken Recipe

General Tso's Chicken
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Ratings (25)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
395 Calories
22g Fat
7g Carbs
40g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for General Tso's chicken is a restaurant favorite that is based on an authentic Hunan dish roughly translated into "ancestor meeting-place chicken."

If you like, you can thicken the sauce by whisking 2 teaspoons cornstarch into the other sauce ingredients. For more sauce, increase the sauce ingredients by multiplying by 1/2 (i.e., 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine, etc).
 

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken:
  • 1 pound chicken (boneless thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (light)
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • Black or white pepper (freshly ground to taste)
  • Cornstarch (as needed)
  • 3 to 4 cups oil (as needed for deep-frying and stir-frying)
  • 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 5 to 10 small dried red chili peppers (to taste)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated white)
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons cornstarch for thickening sauce

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Chicken

Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Combine the chicken cubes with the light soy sauce, egg, and pepper.

Add enough cornstarch to nicely coat the chicken, using cooking chopsticks or your fingers to mix it in.

Make the Sauce

In a small bowl, combine dark soy sauce, rice vinegar, rice wine, sugar, broth, ginger, garlic and optional cornstarch, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Set aside.

Cook the Dish

Heat the oil in a wok to 350-360 F/175-180 C. Drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil, a few pieces at a time, and deep-fry until crispy (3 to 4 minutes). Remove the chicken cubes and drain on paper towels.

Drain and clean out the wok. Heat 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the green onions and the dried chili peppers. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds).

Return the deep-fried chicken cubes back into the wok. Stir-fry until the chicken cubes are browned (about 1 minute).

Push the chicken up to the sides of the wok. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and add into the middle of the wok. If you added cornstarch to the sauce, stir it continually for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken.

Push the chicken into the sauce and mix. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes until the chicken is nicely coated with the sauce. Serve immediately.