General Tso’s Chicken

Frying chicken for General Tso's Chicken

The following is adapted from this recipe at Food For My Family. The coating on the chicken fries up nice and crispy. The original recipe didn’t have much in the way of veggies, so I added some red bell pepper and a bag of stir fry veggies (broccoli, snow peas, etc.). The recipe for the makes quite a bit, I keep cutting it down, and think this recipe has about the right amount, especially with a good amount of veggies. Sorry there’s no picture of the final product with all the veggies added in. Serve over rice–brown if you have time.

General Tso's Chicken, adapted from
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 -6


For the chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast cut into 1-1/2″ chunks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3-5 Tbs oil--for frying chicken

Some Veggies

  • 4-6 scallions chopped
  • 10-15 dried thai or cayenne peppers--I left these out for the kids
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 bag stir fry veggies or whatever sounds good or is on hand


For the sauce:

  • Mix together cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Add garlic, ginger, sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, rice vinegar and the hot water.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Refrigerate until needed.

For the Chicken

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and pepper.
  • Add the egg and the soy sauce to the cornstarch.
  • Mix well.
  • Add in chicken pieces and stir to coat.
  • In a wok or large skillet, heat oil on medium high and fry chicken in batches for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Set chicken aside and cover to keep warm
  • Pour off excess oil, keeping about 1 Tbs of oil
  • Add in scallions and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the peppers and other veggies and cook a couple more minutes.
  • Add in sauce and hot peppers, if using, and cook for 5-10 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add in chicken and cook until sauce thickens and coats the chicken.
  • Serve over steamed rice.


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