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General Tso Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
One of the most famous Chinese-American Chicken dish named after General Tso.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, General Tso
Servings: 2
Calories: 865 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 4 ~5 boneless chicken thighs , around 1 pound; cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 6 dried chili pepper , cut into small section
  • 1 inch root ginger , chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch for coating
  • 2 cups of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds
Marinade sauce:
  • 1 egg white
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
Stir fry sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Water Starch:
  • 2 teaspoons water or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. Cut the bones out and the meat of chicken thighs into small cubes around 2 cm long. And then marinade with salt, light soy sauce, cooking wine and egg whites. Put aside for around 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine light soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine, chili oil and salt to make the stir-frying sauce.
  3. In another bowl, add 2 teaspoons of corn starch and 2 teaspoons of water. Mix well to make water starch.
  4. Coat the chicken cubes with cornstarch just before the frying process.
  5. Heat up the oil in wok and deep-fry the chicken cubes until golden brown. Transfer the chicken out and heat the oil again. Then return the fried chicken cubes and fry them once again for no more than 15 seconds. Transfer out and set aside. Meanwhile pour the extra oil out and leave around 1 tablespoon in wok.
  6. Add chili pepper in wok, stir fry until the color turns darker over middle fire. Return fire chicken cubes in with chopped ginger and garlic. Fry over high fire for 30 seconds.
  7. Stir in stir fry sauce in and mix evenly. Pour water starch and sesame oil. Mix thoroughly and move out immediately
  8. Garnish some sesame seeds before serving.
Recipe Notes
  1. To simplify the steps, you can mix the water starch and stir-fry sauce together but I recommend adding the starch at the very last step.
  2. The stir-frying process should be quick after returning fried chicken so remember to turn up the fire; otherwise, the crispy taste might be spoil.
Nutrition Facts
General Tso Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 865 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Fat 65g100%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 3261mg142%
Potassium 794mg23%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 4150IU83%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.