Chinese General Tso’s Chicken easy Recipe

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General Tso's Chicken Recipe by Tasty

Chinese General Tso’s Chicken easy Recipe

  • Author: Kristen Stubbs
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45
  • Category: Main, Side
  • Method: Deep-Fried
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Just about everyone has tried Chinese General Tso’s Chicken – deep-fried chicken pieces in a sweet, subtly spicy sauce with crunchy broccoli.

This is always a take-out favorite and it’s really not too difficult to make at home.



  • 4 pieces chicken fillet, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the marinade and sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 ½ cups water

For sautéing

  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

For coating and deep-frying

  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups cornstarch
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups of vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites

For garnish

  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. First, combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl.
  2. Separate ⅓ cup of the marinade and use it to marinate the chicken for 30 minutes, refrigerated. Set aside the remaining, for the sauce.
  3. Heat a wok over high and heat the oil.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and add the garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes.
  5. Sauté until fragrant. Stir in the remaining sauce mixture (about 2 cups) and cook, continually stirring, until thickened. Remove it from the heat and cover. Keep it warm.
  6. Next, in a bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients for the coating, and mix until theconsistency is similar to a coarse meal. Drain the marinated chicken and pat it dry with paper towels.
  7. Then, dip each piece in the egg whites and then coat with the cornstarch mixture. Fry the chicken at 350°F until it is golden brown (about 3 minutes).
  8. Drain on paper towels. Reheat the sauce to a simmer.
  9. Add the chicken and stir to coat.
  10. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 513

Keywords: General Tso's Chicken


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