General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken – crispy and tender chicken coated in a sticky tangy sauce, totally addictive! This homemade General Tso Chicken takes about 20 minutes and is so much better than ordering Chinese takeout! Plus video tutorial!


Better than takeout General Tso’s Chicken for the perfect easy weeknight dish- crispy, tender and sweet! It will be on your dinner table in 20 minutes. All you need is just a few simple ingredients: chicken breast, corn starch, garlic, ginger hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar. So delicious!
prep time: 10 mins
cook time: 10 mins
total time: 20 mins
servings: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighsboneless, skinless in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oilfor frying
  • 1 tbsp gingerminced
  • 1 tbsp garlicminced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

General Tso Sauce

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy saucelow-sodium recommended
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Serving - optional

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • green onionminced


  • Into a large ziplock bag, add the cubed chicken and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Seal and shake until coated. Set aside.
  • Make the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, water, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Add the oil and wait 30-60 seconds until it's very hot.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the pan, shaking off excess cornstarch as you go. If you have more than fits in one layer, save half for a second batch.
  • Fry for 3-5 minutes, turning from time to time to brown evenly. Remove to a plate and reserve.
  • Remove all fat except for a tablespoon, then add in the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan and mix thoroughly with the ginger-garlic.
  • Pour in the sauce mixture, and stir constantly until it's just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, less than one minute.
  • Remove from heat, serve immediately and enjoy!


calories: 365kcalcarbohydrates: 20gprotein: 19gfat: 22gsaturated fat: 8gcholesterol: 111mgsodium: 489mgpotassium: 251mgsugar: 6gvitamin a: 2.8%vitamin c: 0.5%calcium: 1.3%iron: 5.7%

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