general tso’s chicken recipe

The best general tso’s chicken recipe made with chicken thighs, honey, soy sauce, and more. Easy to make gluten free for an easy dinner idea.
Whoever this General is… I’d like to thank him for his tasty chicken.  This is my favorite thing to get when going out for Chinese.  This recipe is pretty much the best.  The specialty ingredients make all the difference.  In my mind, buying special ingredients is justified by two reasons.  One, I’ll eat out less if I make what I am craving and two, I’ll use them again and again, even if it is just for this one recipe.  Trust me, you’ll make this more than once.
Have you ever used fresh ginger?  It’s delicious and ground ginger is NOT a substitute.  Look for it in the produce section.  Don’t worry about buying a huge chunk of it, just break off a knob to buy.  I spent about $0.28 on fresh ginger for this recipe!  You’ll love it.  I promise!
The best general tso's chicken recipe made with chicken thighs, honey, soy sauce, and more. Easy to make gluten free for an easy dinner idea.

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general tso’s chicken recipe


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The best general tso’s chicken recipe made with chicken thighs, honey, soy sauce, and more. Easy to make gluten free for an easy dinner idea.


General Tso’s Chicken
2lb chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
canola or olive oil
3 green onions, sliced
sesame seeds for garnish, optional
Sauce:
5 T. hoisin sauce
5 T. ketchup
5 T. rice vinegar
4 T. soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
2 1/2 T. fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. red chili paste OR 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on your heat preference)
In a shallow bowl, combine cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in cornstarch mixture and tap off excess. You can also put the chicken and cornstarch mixture in a large plastic bag or container and shake to coat.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken pieces in batches, using a small drizzle of oil to cook each batch.
Make sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Return chicken to skillet and pour in sauce. Stirring occasionally, cook over medium heat until thickened, about 3-6 minutes.  Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
Serve over rice with your favorite stir fried veggies!
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  2. deb c

    This is so so so so so so GOOD!!!!! I can hardly wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow! If I stay up after midnight tonight….I can nibble on it “tomorrow”….I am so full from eating and I am drooling just telling you how good this is!! Did I mention how good this is???? He really loved it too!!!! SCORE!!! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

    1. deb c

      PS….I keep a finger of ginger in a baggie in the freezer. Super easy to scrape of some skin and shave off what I need. Tastes fine to me…maybe not to a gourmet, but hey….

  3. deb c

    So I whipped up a batch and ran it thru a freeze dryer . This may be our favorite backpacking meal ever! I never tire of this recipe!!! You da bomb!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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