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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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General Tso's Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
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!

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 per serving

Serving: 1gCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 33.3gProtein: 24.9gFat: 9.7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 769mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 27.5g

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17 comments

    • Nola

    My first time trying and my kids loves it

    • Pemmy

    Do you use white sugar or brown

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Pemmy, usually white granulated sugar for this.

    • Mariya

    Made this and it turned out just perfect !! Thanks !!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      That’s wonderful, Mariya! Thanks for the feedback!

    • Anna

    I made it this weekend. Turned out pretty good! I would just use a little less sauce next time since mine turned out a little bit runny.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Anna, I let my sauce boil some after I added it to the chicken and it thickened up quite well… you may have took it off the heat too fast, if you try it again just let it boil a good minute over high heat. I used heinz ketchup and kikkoman soy sauce, generic brands can also vary in consistency so you may want to keep that in mind.

    • Anna

    No salt in this recipe?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Nope, there is plenty of flavor from the ingredients (soy sauce and ketchup should be salty enough)

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