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General Tso's Chicken

Easy General Tso's Chicken is a classic Chinese recipe made simple and at home. The homemade sweet and tangy sauce makes this better than takeout!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword General Tso's Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 172kcal
Author Jen


  • 6 tbsp Cornstarch divided
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Chicken Breasts cut into small pieces
  • Vegetable Oil about a cup
  • 1 tbsp minced Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • Green Onions sliced optional


  • In a medium bowl, combine 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch, water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and hoisin sauce.
  • Whisk until blended. set aside.
  • Toss chicken in remaining cornstarch and set aside.
  • Add oil to a skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  • Cook chicken pieces in small batches until all are browned.
  • After removing last chicken from pan, drain all but about a tablespoon of the oil.
  • Add ginger, pepper flakes and garlic.
  • Heat over medium heat until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add back cooked chicken and toss to coat.
  • Add sauce mixture and stir until heated and sauce has thickened (1-2 minutes).
  • Optionally, garnish with sliced green onions and serve over rice.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg