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Sweet and spicy General Tso’s chicken is packed with veggies for a classic Asian dish that everyone will love!

With all the Asian recipes we have on the site, it’s only right we include this classic General Tso’s chicken! It’s a little sweet like our Orange Chicken and Honey Chicken recipes.

General Tso's chicken with broccoli served over white rice on white plate.

We Love Asian Food!

One of our favorite Asian dishes is General Tso’s chicken. It is seriously addicting and this recipe is as good as any Chinese takeout!!

This sweet, deep-fried chicken recipe is served mostly in North American Chinese restaurants and is named after Zuo Zongtang or Tso Tsung-t’ang, a military leader during the Qing dynasty.

Why we love it:

  • Quick and easy. This General Tso chicken recipe is quick and simple.
  • Flavor. It has a bit of a sweet taste and after adding broccoli it makes it so hearty and tasty.
  • Family friendly. With delicious flavor, this is a family-favorite recipe!

This is definitely an Asian dinner recipe that gets rave reviews!

Chicken cut into cubes on a cutting board.

Ingredients

  • sugar
  • sweet chili sauce
  • rice vinegar aka rice wine vinegar
  • all-purpose flour white or wheat flour
  • cornstarch
  • soy sauce
  • large egg white check out this post on How to Separate Egg Whites
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts. To cut boneless skinless chicken into even pieces, partially freeze them first. Use a sharp knife to cut the half-frozen meat into even cubes. Allow it to thaw before making the recipe.
  • vegetable oil or another high smoking point oil such as canola oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, or olive oil suitable for higher temperatures.
  • broccoli florets
  • cooked white rice or cooked noodles
Pieces of chicken coated in flour.

How to Make General Tso Chicken

  1. SAUCE. Mix sugar, chili sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. CHICKEN. In another bowl, mix flour and cornstarch. In a third bowl, use a whisk to beat the soy sauce and egg white. Add chicken pieces to the egg white mixture and toss to coat, then transfer coated chicken to the flour bowl and toss around.
    • Heat oil in a skillet or wok over medium heat. Add floured chicken and fry, stirring occasionally, for 7–8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and golden brown.
  3. BROCCOLI. Add broccoli to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until broccoli is softened, then add General Tso sauce to the skillet and cook for 2–3 more minutes, making sure to coat the broccoli and chicken.
  4. SERVE over rice or noodles or with Homemade Fried Rice, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Egg Drop Soup, or Fried Egg Rolls. Top with sesame seeds and or chopped scallions.

Variations

Most people find this dish to be mildly spicy with a sweet and tangy taste. If you find it too spicy, eat it with white rice to help dampen the spice.

  • Sweeter. Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or honey.
  • Spicier. Add 5-6 whole dried chilies, 1 teaspoon ginger, minced garlic, or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  • Flavor. Add 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce for an extra layer of flavoring. Top with sesame seeds or green onions.
Close up image of General Tso's chicken recipe.

Storing Tips

  • STORE. Keep leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • FREEZE. For longer storage, keep this recipe for General Tso’s chicken in an airtight freezer-safe container for 3-4 months.
    • Thaw in the fridge and reheat in a sauté pan. If you’re in a hurry it can be microwaved.
General Tso's chicken served on top of white rice with broccoli.

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5 from 14 votes

General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Sweet and spicy General Tso's chicken is packed with veggies for a classic Asian dish that everyone will love!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice or cooked noodles
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Instructions 

  • Make General Tso’s sauce by mixing sugar, chili sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix flour and cornstarch. In a third bowl, beat soy sauce and egg white. Add chicken to the egg white mixture and toss to coat, then transfer coated chicken to the flour bowl and toss around.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add floured chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7–8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and crispy.
  • Add broccoli to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until broccoli is softened, then add General Tso’s sauce to the skillet and cook for 2–3 more minutes, making sure to coat the broccoli and chicken.
  • Serve over rice or noodles.

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Notes

FREEZE. For longer storage, store in an airtight freezer-safe container for 3–4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in a skillet. If you are in a hurry, you can also microwave the chicken.
Variations. For a sweeter sauce, add ½–1 tablespoon sugar or honey. For a spicier dish, add 5–6 whole dried chilies, or you can use red chili flakes. Add 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce for an extra layer of flavoring. Top with sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 427mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 37IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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26 Comments

  1. Jocelyn says:

    5 stars
    This is one of our favorite recipes! Love the sweet and spicy of this chicken!

  2. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this chicken recipe! Definitely going to make this a staple on our dinner menu.

  3. Jamielyn Nye says:

    5 stars
    THis chicken is so delicious! One of my families favorites!

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    5 stars
    My favorite take out!

  5. Joy says:

    5 stars
    we had this on Sunday & it was gone in minutes!! It has great flavor & is crisp! We have found a new favorite!

  6. Nathalie says:

    This was amazing! Thank you for sharing! Husband and 3 kids loved it!
    With love from Belgium x

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awesome!! So glad it was a hit! Thank you for letting me know & giving the recipe a try 🙂

  7. Leonard Eisenstein says:

    5 stars
    quesion Ma’am;
    how would you make exra sauce for his dinner?

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      You would just double the ingredients that are in step one 🙂

  8. Animeyt says:

    those look delicious! maybe i’ll make them for my cookout this weekend!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Oh, it is!! I’d love to know what you think 🙂

  9. Vicki Skonieczny says:

    One of my hubby’s favorite dishes. This looks amazing. I can’t wait to make it for him. I adore your site and am on it daily. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Awe, you are so sweet!! Thank you so much! I hope he likes it!

  10. Horse Names Ideas says:

    5 stars
    This looks amazing and needs to be on my dinner plate!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Haha!! It is super good! Hope you’ll try it soon!