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Homemade General Tso Chicken

This Homemade General Tso Chicken is a sweet and slightly spicy, healthier lightened up, version that is cooked in just one pan instead of breaded and deep fried.

Make this easy Chinese take-out in the comfort of your own home in just 25 minutes. This small batch recipe for two makes a great lunch, dinner, or romantic date night meal.

Traditional basic ingredients include:

  • Sauce consisting of soy sauce, rice wine, rice-wine vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, dried whole red chili peppers, and garlic
  • Batter or breading using egg and cornstarch
  • Broccoli, cubed dark meat chicken

A typical restaurant serving of General Tso’s chicken may include up to 1,300 calories. This version has only 735 calories per serving.

a graphic of One Pan General Tso's Chicken Recipe for Two.
Lighter General Tso Chicken

For information on the origins of this dish check out A Brief History of General Tso’s Chicken.

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How to cook General Tso Chicken:

Prepare the rice according to the package directions.

Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Chop the green onion into small slices.

In a frying pan or wok over medium heat, cook the chicken in 1 teaspoon cooking oil, about 5 minutes. Click for a large frying pan or for a wok.

diced chicken cooking in a frying pan.

Move the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add 1 teaspoon cooking oil to the wok or large skillet. Stir in the green onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 1 or 2 minutes.  Optionally you can add chopped broccoli and diced onion during this step. Cook until tender crisp.

green onion, garlic and red pepper flakes cooking in a frying pan.

Add the sugar, ginger, chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon cooking oil and bring to a boil. Cook for about 3 minutes.

General Tso's sauce cooking in a frying pan.
Easy General Tso Sauce

Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and stir into the boiling sauce.

cornstarch mixture added to General Tso's sauce.
Homemade General Tso Sauce

Return to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy from the cornstarch, about 1 minute.

Stir the chicken into the boiling sauce. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a few minutes until the chicken is heated through.

Serve over the prepared rice.

Easy One Pan General Tso's Chicken served in a bowl.
Chinese General Tso Chicken

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Yield: Serves 2

Homemade General Tso Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Homemade General Tso Chicken is a sweet and slightly spicy, healthier lightened up, version that is cooked in just one pan instead of breaded and deep fried.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked rice

For the Chicken:

  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 teaspoons cooking oil (divided)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 green onion (plus more for garnish – optional)
  • 2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Prepare the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Dice the chicken into bite sized cubes and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Chop the green onion into small slices.
  4. In a frying pan or wok over medium heat, cook the chicken in 1 teaspoon cooking oil, about 5 minutes. Click here for a large frying pan or here for a wok.
  5. Move the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon cooking oil to the wok or large skillet. Stir in the green onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 1 or 2 minutes.
  7. Add the sugar, ginger, chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon cooking oil and bring to a boil. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  8. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and stir into the boiling sauce.
  9. Return to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy from the cornstarch, about 1 minute.
  10. Stir the chicken into the boiling sauce. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a few minutes until the chicken is heated through.
  11. Serve over the prepared rice.

Notes

Optionally you can add chopped broccoli and diced onion. Add them in at the same time as the green onion and cook until tender crisp.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 764Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1454mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 43g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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