General Tso’s Chicken

by Alyona's Cooking
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General tso’s chicken is a popular Chinese menu pick, recognized for it’s glossy coating and sweet and somewhat spicy flavors. This recipe is SO EASY and simple to make with no complicating steps or ingredients!

General tso’s chicken could be a tasty Chinese menu pick but there are other variations like Sesame chicken and orange chicken among the sweet family. The process of making general tso’s chicken can seem like an overwhelming cooking task with all kinds of different condiments and complicated steps, but not so here.

General tso’s chicken should be a simple process to make, if take-out places make tons of orders! This chicken got to a wedding menu and a lady from my church gave me the recipe! Due to the big portion, I narrowed down the recipe and decided to add some heat. It’s rare to believe ketchup could be an ingredient among the sauces but it balances out from the other ingredients. As a result DON’T resist messing with the proportions because reducing an ingredient can over power another, so it’s best to stick to the recipe for the best results.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN AND SESAME CHICKEN?

Sesame chicken is usually slightly more brown in color and topped with sesame seeds. General tso’s chicken is typically more sweeter, redder and spicier.

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INGREDIENTS FOR GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN:
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks (2 lbs)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch for breading
HOW TO MAKE GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN:

1. Toss the chicken with the cornstarch and set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet over med-hi heat and add oil.

3. In a small bowl whisk together the ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes and sugar. Set aside.

4. Fry chicken pieces until done. Pour in the sauce and boil over high heat for 30 seconds stirring to coat chicken pieces. Transfer to a serving dish.

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4.18 from 28 votes

General Tso's Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Alyona's Cooking
General tso's chicken is a popular Chinese selection recognized for it's glossy coating and sweet and somewhat spicy flavors. This recipe is SO EASY and simple to make with no complicating steps or ingredients!
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Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks (2 lbs)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch for breading

Instructions

  • Toss the chicken with the cornstarch and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over med-hi heat and add oil.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes and sugar. Set aside.
  • Fry chicken pieces until done. Pour in the sauce and boil over high heat for 30 seconds stirring to coat chicken pieces. Transfer to a serving dish.

Notes

Rice vinegar can be used for the apple cider vinegar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.3g | Protein: 24.9g | Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 769mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 27.5g
Nutrition Facts
General Tso's Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.7g15%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 769mg33%
Carbohydrates 33.3g11%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 27.5g31%
Protein 24.9g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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17 comments

Shawn October 28, 2019 - 5:37 pm

Way too sweet! Will try it again but will adjust sugar by half and maybe add a salty, crunchy element like cashews or peanuts.

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Alyona's Cooking October 28, 2019 - 6:09 pm

I’ve thought about reducing the sugar too but don’t want to compromise on the ratio of sour to sweet. Let me know what proportion worked for you.

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