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General Tso’s Chicken

This Chinese classic has never been easier with this easy-to-follow recipe! Pair this sweet and spicy chicken recipe with rice and vegetables for a delicious meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese chicken recipe, easy asian recipes, general tso recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 623 kcal
Author Kelly


Main Ingredient:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 3/4-inch cubes


  • 2 Tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper


  • 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock or water
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing cooking wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinkiang black vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce we use light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  • 4 cups vegetable oil


  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch

Final Seasoning:

  • 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup dried red chiles
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced scallions greens


  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add the chicken cubes and stir well. Let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in another bowl and mix well.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over high heat until it is shimmering, about 375° F.
  4. Put the tapioca starch in a large bowl and roll the marinated chicken cubes in the starch. Be sure to coat each piece generously.
  5. Fry the chicken cubes in the hot oil in two batches until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  6. Drain the chicken cubes and set them aside on a double layer of paper towels.
  7. Remove all but 2 Tbsp of the vegetable oil from the wok. Add the garlic and ginger to the wok and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Stir the sauce mixture so the starch is blended completely and pour it into the wok. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the wok and quickly toss the pieces in the sauce. Add the sesame oil and stir into the chicken.
  8. Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions greens.
Nutrition Facts
General Tso’s Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 623 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 23g115%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 726mg30%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.