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General Tso’s Chicken is an American Chinese takeout classic that can be made at home in 30 minutes! This family favorite meal combines crispy chicken pieces with a delicious sauce. Serve over rice and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

General Tso’s Chicken is the essence of American Chinese takeout. It’s such a comfort to eat bite-sized pieces of crispy chicken with chopsticks, especially when it’s coated in such a delicious sauce. General Tso stimulates your palate with a balance of salty, umami and sweet. This is truly a family favorite meal and so much better than takeout!

General Tso’s Chicken is not an authentic Chinese recipe, but a typical American Chinese takeout restaurant. Stay At Home Chef uses ingredients that are readily available to most people in the US and Canada, making it easy for anyone to sample world cuisine, even if they have limited travel opportunities or limited access to local ingredients.

  • Frying Tips:

    If you’re a little intimidated about deep frying, you’re not alone. To make your frying experience as easy as possible, you should regularly check the oil temperature to make sure it stays around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If the oil is too cool, it will take longer to fry; if it is too hot, it will burn the outside without cooking the inside.

    Just be sure not to put too much chicken in the pot at once. You run the risk of them sticking together and not cooking properly. Work in batches to make sure the chicken pieces are not overcrowded.

    If you’re worried about the oil popping, use a splash guard over the top of the pan to keep everything inside the pan.

  • Spice Grade:

    Tso’s sauce had a little warmth without overpowering the spice. If you prefer a kick, you can increase the red pepper flakes to a full teaspoon. If you’re extra sensitive, reduce the red pepper flakes to 1/4 teaspoon.

  • Chicken Breast and Thighs:

    Chicken breasts are easier to use in this recipe, but you can always use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you like the flavor of dark meat.

  • I am Willow:

    Low-sodium soy sauce gives you more control over the sodium in the sauce, which is why we cook with it all the time. However, you can use regular or low-sodium depending on your dietary needs and personal taste preference.

  • White and Black Pepper:

    White and black peppercorns are harvested from the same plant, just at different stages of ripening. White pepper is less spicy than black pepper because it is processed after harvesting to remove the outer skin layer. Removing the skin also removes some of the fragrance, making it milder. While white pepper is more traditional in Chinese cooking, you can always substitute black pepper. If substituting black pepper, you may want to use less than 1/2 tsp so it’s not too strong.

  • General Tso’s Chicken Side Dishes:

    Traditionally, you’ll find this dish served on a bed of steamed rice and vegetables. Our favorite vegetable to serve with General Tso is steamed broccoli.

  • Reheating and Storage Instructions:

    General Tso’s chicken is best eaten fresh. The longer the chicken sits, the less crisp it will be. You can refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To reheat, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and remaining vegetables and cook until heated through.

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General Tso's chicken nuggets served with sesame seeds served over white rice.

General Tso’s Chicken is an American Chinese takeout classic that can be made at home in 30 minutes! This family favorite meal combines crispy chicken pieces with a delicious sauce. Serve over rice and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 15 minute

total time 25 minute

raw material

chicken

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts about 2 lbs
  • 4 protein
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon White pepper

Sauce

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon i am willow
  • 2 tablespoon seafood sauce
  • 3 clove garlic chop up
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Finish

  • 2 to 4 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup sliced ​​onion (optional)

instruct

  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg whites, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper. Dip the chicken breast slices into the mixture and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, pour enough vegetable oil into a large pot or skillet to cover the bottom with 2 inches of vegetable oil and heat to 350°F. Working in small batches, fry the chicken pieces until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

  • In a large skillet, stir 1/4 cup water with cornstarch until dissolved. Stir remaining water with rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Place skillet over high heat and bring to a simmer. The sauce will thicken as it simmers. Simmer for 2 minutes, then turn off heat. Add chicken and toss to combine.

  • Serve immediately. Garnish with scallions (if using).

notes

Service suggestion: General Tso’s chicken with rice and steamed vegetables like broccoli is excellent.

Calories: 398kcal | carbohydrate: twenty twoG | protein: 29G | fat: twenty oneG | Saturated fat: 15G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 73mg | sodium: 1406mg | Potassium: 546mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 11G | Vitamin A: 171unit | Vitamin C: 3mg | calcium: 33mg | iron: 1mg

General Tso's Chicken