General Tso's chicken coated in a sweet and spicy sauce, then topped with sesame seeds.
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General Tso's Chicken

This recipe for General Tso's chicken is battered crispy chicken pieces tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. A take-out classic that's simple to make at home and even better than what you'd get in a restaurant!
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Keyword general tso's chicken
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 365kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons green onions sliced

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  • Place the eggs in a bowl; add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix together the flour and corn starch and place in a shallow bowl or on a plate.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees F.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then coat in the flour mixture. Repeat the process for all of the chicken pieces.
  • Fry 8-9 pieces of chicken at a time for 5 minutes or until browned. Repeat with all the remaining chicken.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. 
  • Heat the 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and corn starch.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 442mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.3mg