General Tso’s Chicken

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General Tso’s Chicken

Save money by making this dish in your home. The jasmine rice adds to this special dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Oriental
Servings 4
Calories 544 kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size cubes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • cup cornstarch plus 2 Tbsp divided use
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil divided use
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • cup low sodium chicken stock Or water
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce or teriyaki sauce
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp hoison sauce
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 6 medium green onions thinly sliced
  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice for serving
  • sesame seed for garnishing optional


  • In a medium bowl add the chicken. Season with salt and black pepper then toss with 1/3 cup cornstarch until fully coated. Set aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet or wok heat 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. To the hot oil add the chicken in a single layer. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the juices run clear. Once cooked remove the chicken to a platter using a slotted spoon and keep warm. Set aside.
  • To the pan add 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir constantly over medium-high heat cooking for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, light brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, ketchup and honey. Whisk to combine cooking until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  • In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons cornstarch in just enough cold water to dissolve, around 2-3 Tbsp. Whisk into the sauce in the skillet. Mix for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and the sauce has thickened. (You can repeat the cornstarch slurry as desired and adjust the amount of honey or soy sauce at this stage.)
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet tossing to coat with the sauce. Simmer for 1-2 minutes or just until heated through, then remove from the heat.
  • Serve immediately over rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Paulson Pursuits is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


Calories: 544kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 31gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 920mgPotassium: 643mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
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