General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

By: Humaira Jamal

General Tso chicken is very famous dish severed in American Chinese restaurants. its little sweet, sour and spicy in flavor. The dish is named after General Tso Tsung-tang.


Ingredients Of General Tso’s Chicken


  • 500 gm. boneless skinless chicken breast, bite size piece
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar

For Sauce

  • 1/3 cup chicken stock  [I used chicken cubes]
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. soya sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire  sauce
  • 2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Scallions, green parts thinly sliced, for garnish
  • Red capsicum and onion cubes (optional)

For Coating

  • 1 cups cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Method Of General Tso’s Chicken

  • For marinade: In a bowl, combine the 1 tbsp. soya sauce, 1 tbsp. vinegar , and the egg whites. Coat the chicken to the marinade mixture and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • For sauce: Combine the chicken stock, tomato paste, sugar, soya sauce,vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and the 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Stir until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Set the sauce aside.
  • For coating: Combine cornstarch, flour, baking soda, salt and pepper until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the marinated chicken and toss to coat all the chicken.
  • For frying: Heat up the oil in a wok or skillet and when its hot add the chicken in batches and fry until golden brown on the outside and cooked through. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • In another wok add a tablespoon of oil and coat the wok. Add the crushed chili powder and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.Add capsicum and onion cubes if using and stir about about 2 minutes, pour in the sauce mixture and stir until thickened about 1-2 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the wok and stir well to coat with sauce. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. Garnish with white sesame seeds and scallions. Serve with white rice or fried rice.

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