General Tso’s Chicken

How to make General Tso’s Chicken


Chicken Sauce

2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp chilli flakes

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp cornflour

1 cup chicken broth


2lb chicken thigh, 1-inch cubes

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tsp ginger, finely chopped

1 cup cornflour

2 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp sesame seeds

4 green onions, thinly sliced


Step 1:

In a bowl combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and chilli flakes, set aside the marinade.

Place the chicken thigh, garlic, ginger and two tablespoons of the marinade into a zip-lock bag.

Step 2:

Mix to coat the chicken in marinade then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Into the bowl of remaining marinade add brown sugar, cornflour and chicken stock, set the sauce aside.

Step 3:

Once the chicken has marinated remove from the ziplock bag and place in a bowl with one cup of cornflour.

Toss the chicken in the cornflour to coat all sides.

Step 4:

Place a saucepan on medium heat and add the vegetable oil.

Heat the oil to 375F, shake the excess cornflour from the chicken pieces and place the chicken into the oil.

Step 5:

Fry the chicken in batches until crispy and golden, approximately 3 minutes, then transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper.

While the chicken fries prepare the sauce, place a saute pan on medium heat and pour in the bowl of sauce.

Step 6:

Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until thickened and glossy.

Quickly toss the crispy chicken through the thickened sauce.

Serve General Tso’s Chicken immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.


Nutrition Information:

Calories: 600 kcal | Protein: 35g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Carbohydrates: 40g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1200mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use chicken breast instead of thigh for General Tso’s Chicken?

Yes, you can substitute chicken breast for thigh.

However, thigh meat tends to be juicier and more flavorful.

How long should I marinate the chicken?

Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes.

Longer marination can enhance flavor, but avoid exceeding 24 hours to prevent the meat from becoming mushy.

Can I bake the chicken instead of frying for a healthier option?

Yes, you can bake the chicken at 375°F (190°C) until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

What can I use as a substitute for oyster sauce?

Hoisin sauce or soy sauce mixed with a pinch of sugar can be used as a substitute for oyster sauce.

Is there a low-sodium alternative for soy sauce?

Yes, you can use low-sodium soy sauce to reduce the overall sodium content of the dish.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, you can use gluten-free soy sauce and cornflour to make the dish gluten-free.

How do I prevent the chicken from becoming soggy after frying?

Ensure the oil is hot enough (375°F) and fry the chicken in batches.

Avoid overcrowding the pan.

Can I make General Tso’s Chicken ahead of time?

While the chicken is best enjoyed immediately, you can prepare the components separately and assemble just before serving.

Is it necessary to use a zip-lock bag for marinating?

No, you can use a bowl for marinating, but a zip-lock bag ensures an even coating and allows for easier cleanup.

What can I serve with General Tso’s Chicken?

It pairs well with steamed rice, fried rice, or noodles. Vegetables like broccoli or snow peas make great side dishes.

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