General Tso’s Chicken


So on top of today being the start of Breast Cancer Awareness week around here, it is also Secret Recipe Club reveal day.  So yes, this is my 2nd post for the day.

This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog From Arepas to Zwetschgen.  This truly is an International adventure.  She is a mom of two, who really does cook food from all over the world.  I love to experiment with different foods, so it was really hard to pick what to make.  In the end I picked something based on what I had in my kitchen.

General Tso’s Chicken is something that I order 9 times out of 10 when we get takeout Chinese.  This was different that what I am used to, but still very good.  I did not fry the chicken, just sauteed in a small amount of oil, so it is much healthier than the take out version.  The chicken is soaked in a soy sauce, cornstarch mixture before cooking.  This leaves the chicken so tender and moist.  I might have to use this trick in other dishes.  I love making take out food at home.  It is always healthier, and cheaper!  Now I need to master hubby’s favorite take out, so he can be happy too.

Yields 4

A healthy version of a take out favorite. Quick, easy, and way better!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 5 Tbls soy sauce, divided
  • 5 Tbls cornstarch, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bit sized pieces
  • 2 Tbls canola oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbls sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls ginger, grated
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • White Rice, cooked


  1. In a bowl combine sesame oil, egg white, 1 Tbls soy sauce, 4 Tbls cornstarch. Whisk until smooth (make take a minute). Add the chicken, tossing to coat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup mix together chicken stock, ginger, chili garlic sauce, sugar, 4 Tbls soy sauce, 1 Tbls cornstarch, and garlic. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet heat 2 Tbls canola oil over high heat. Slowly add the chicken. Cook for about 3 minutes aside, until cooked through. Remove from pan, cover with foil, and set aside.
  4. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan, heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. It should start to chicken, and turn glossy. Add the chicken back to the pan. Stir until coated. Remove from heat. Serve over white rice, garnish with green onions.


Adapted from From Arepas to Zwetschgen




  1. MMMM, my hubs would love if I made this for him at home! Darn, now I have a recipe I guess I just have to do it. Looks good!!

  2. This looks so mouthwatering, Erin! Love that you adapted this delicious dish to make at home. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Oh my gosh, brilliant choice – I LOVE General Tso’s Chicken, and I also, like you, love trying to make at home versions of my takeout favorites. Your chicken looks delicious – I will absolutely be trying this!!

  4. Yum! better than ordering takeout or even dining out. Your version sounds delicious and so do-able.

  5. This looks delicious. Great choice for SRC!

  6. Great choice! This is one of my favourite takeout dishes but I always feel so guilty when I mow down on it. C: Much nicer.

  7. Take out at home always makes me feel accomplished. Great job

  8. Pinned!

  9. My niece is constantly asking for General Tso’s Chicken! I made a light version one time and while she ate it and enjoyed it, she didn’t feel it was quite right. So happy to find yours today!

  10. This has to be my all time favorite Chinese meal. I can’t wait to make it!

  11. I love stir fries and this one is one of my favorites. :) Looks delicious. :)

  12. Love this! I already have two general tso’s chicken recipes, but I’m firmly of the opinion that you can never have too many :)

  13. What a fabulous dish with beautiful flavors. Great selection for the SRC.
    Miz Helen

  14. what a great SRC recipe, I have been looking for new stir fry recipes to try and I know I love this at the restaurants so I am sure it will be great

  15. My husband always orders this when we order Chinese so I am happy to have a recipe so I can make it at home for him!

  16. I am a vegetarian and we go to a restaurant that makes General Tso tofu. It’s my favorite. I’m excited to have the recipe for the sauce. I can make it myself. Great choice

  17. This is our go to meal at Chinese restaurants. This looks great. Asian cooking is always a weekend adventure for me but it never disappoints.

  18. Hi there! I am making this right now for dinner tonight. I do have a question though. In the directions, it says to add garlic into the soy sauce mixture but there is no garlic in the ingredient list. Also, the soy sauce recipe calls for 1/4 cup of soy sauce, but out of the 4 TBS that equal 1/4 cup it looks like I have used 1 TBS already in the chicken mixture, so that should only be 3 TBS left to add to the soy sauce mixture. I promise I am not being picky or mean, but just want to let you know that there are a few confusions in the recipe. I am going to go ahead and make it as listed this time though because all your recipes that I have made have always been awesome!!!!!! Thanks! :)

    • Amy,

      Thanks for the comment. Ok, I just googled tablespoons and got conflicting answers. I always thought 3 Tbls = 1/4 of a cup. Some answers did say 3 but some said 4. I will update the recipe with just Tbls so it is less confusing. As for the garlic, sorry completely forgot to add that in. That was my addition to the original recipe. If you don’t use it, it will still be good.

      • Hi again, Erin! Thanks for the response and even without the garlic, the recipe was delicious!!!!!!! I really did not have any doubt about that! Even my super picky 9 year old daughter loved it!!! :)


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