General Tso Chicken Recipe

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Katherine Published: January 11, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make General Tso Chicken

Skip the take-out and whip your very own General Tso Chicken with a savory homemade sauce in the comforts of your home with our easy-to-follow recipe!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • lbschicken breasts,boneless
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • 2eggs,beaten
  • ½cupcornstarch,plus an additional 2 tbsp, divided
  • 3tbspvegetable oil,or as needed, divided
  • 2green onions,thinly sliced, white and green divided
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tspginger,minced
  • 2tbspwater

For Sauce:

  • ½cupchicken broth,low sodium
  • ¼cupsoy sauce,low sodium
  • 2tbsphoisin sauce
  • 1tbsprice vinegar
  • 1tbspbrown sugar
  • 2dried red chili peppers,whole, or ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ½tspsesame oil


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper, and toss with egg.

  2. Remove the chicken from the egg and toss with ½ cup of cornstarch.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, until crisp and cooked through.

  4. Repeat with the remaining chicken, adding more oil if needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  5. For the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk.

  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the whites of the green onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.

  7. Stir in the sauce ingredients and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thickened.

  8. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Slowly drizzle the cornstarch into the sauce while whisking until it is slightly thickened.

  9. Toss the sauce with the cooked chicken and garnish with the remaining green onion.

Recipe Notes

Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


  • Calories: 544.62kcal
  • Fat: 29.73g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.14g
  • Trans Fat: 0.27g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.35g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.08g
  • Fiber: 1.31g
  • Sugar: 6.39g
  • Protein: 41.29g
  • Cholesterol: 189.98mg
  • Sodium: 1191.42mg
  • Calcium: 57.69mg
  • Potassium: 631.72mg
  • Iron: 2.57mg
  • Vitamin A: 90.33µg
  • Vitamin C: 34.33mg
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