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General Tso’s Chicken - An easy General Tso's chicken recipe that yields crispy chicken without deep-frying, served with a sticky, tangy, and sweet sauce. It also uses much less sugar while maintaining a great bold taste. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll skip takeout next time because it’s so easy to make in your own kitchen. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}
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General Tso’s Chicken (Crispy Chicken Without Deep-Frying)

An easy General Tso's chicken recipe that yields crispy chicken without deep-frying. It also uses much less sugar while maintaining a great bold taste. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll skip takeout next time because it’s so easy to make in your own kitchen. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}
To make this dish gluten-free, use tamari or coconut aminos instead of light soy sauce and dark soy sauce, use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine, and use rice vinegar to replace Chinkiang vinegar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Servings: 4
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 grams) boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts , cut into 1" (2 cm) pieces
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Sauce (or pre-made General Tso’s Sauce)

Stir fry

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 7 to 8 Chinese chili peppers , dried (*Footnote)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced

Instructions

  • Mix all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • Combine the chicken pieces, vegetable oil, and salt in a big bowl. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Add the beaten egg into the bowl with the chicken. Stir to mix well. Add the cornstarch. Stir to coat the chicken until it forms an uneven coating with a little dry cornstarch left unattached.
  • Heat the stir-fry oil in a heavy-duty skillet until hot, until it just starts to smoke. Add the chicken all at once and spread it out into a single layer in the skillet. Separate the chicken pieces with a pair of tongs or chopsticks.
  • Cook without touching the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bottom turns golden. Flip to brown the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a big plate and remove the pan from the stove. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place the pan back onto the stove and turn to medium heat. You should still have 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan. Add the dried chili pepper, garlic, and ginger. Cook and stir a few times until it releases its fragrance.
  • Stir the sauce again to dissolve the cornstarch completely. Pour it into the pan. Stir and cook until it thickens, when you can draw a line on the bottom with a spatula without the sauce running back immediately.
  • Add back the chicken pieces. Stir to coat the chicken with sauce, 30 seconds. Transfer everything to a plate immediately.
  • Serve hot as main over steamed rice with blanched broccoli.

Notes

  1. You can use dried Chinese or Korean chili peppers in the dish. They add aroma to the sauce but don’t really add spiciness. If you want the sauce to be spicy, you should cut the peppers in half to release the seeds. Or you can add a small pinch of cayenne pepper to the sauce mixture.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.5g | Protein: 25.2g | Fat: 20.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 12.8g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg