General Tao Chicken


This General Tao chicken tastes the same as the one served in Chinese restaurants, without the deep frying. Serve on steamed jasmine or basmati rice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  • ½ cup chopped green onion

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root

  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • ¼ cup oyster sauce

  • ¼ cup ketchup


  1. Coat chicken pieces with cornstarch in a bowl; set aside.

  2. Beat eggs, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl until combined. Stir in flour and baking powder until no large lumps remain. Mix in chicken pieces until evenly coated.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Cook chicken in hot oil until golden brown and no longer pink on the inside, about 12 minutes. Set chicken aside; keep warm.

  4. Make sauce: Reduce heat to medium-high; add green onion, ginger, and sesame oil to the skillet. Cook and stir until onion is limp and ginger begins to brown, about 1 minute. Pour in water, sugar, and vinegar; bring to a boil.

  5. Dissolve cornstarch in soy sauce in a small bowl and stir into vinegar mixture along with oyster sauce and ketchup. Cook until sauce has thickened and is no longer cloudy. Stir in chicken; simmer until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

522 Calories
27g Fat
35g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 522
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 1055mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 375mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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