General Tso's Chicken is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors. It is found in a lot of Chinese buffets and take-out places. You can try substituting gin for the rice wine if you'd like.

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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup of cornstarch until no lumps remain, then mix in the chicken until evenly coated in batter.

  • In batches, carefully drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil one by one, cooking until the chicken turns golden brown and begins to float, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir in the dried peppers, and cook for about 30 seconds until the color brightens. Add the chicken, and cook for a few minutes until the chicken turns a deep, golden brown. Stir the vinegar, rice wine, sugar, soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch together in a small bowl. Pour into the wok, and boil until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy, about 2 minutes. Garnish with green onions to serve.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the batter ingredients. The actual amount of the batter consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

865.3 calories; protein 38.4g 77% DV; carbohydrates 61.7g 20% DV; fat 52.6g 81% DV; cholesterol 277.2mg 92% DV; sodium 1208mg 48% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2009
Very good. The only thing different was that I used apple juice and regular vinegar. If you like you sauce to be saucy double or even triple the sauce recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/30/2011
Did not taste like general tso's chicken to me.. I will definitely not use this recipe again..but thanks for letting me try it.. Read More
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111 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2009
Very good. The only thing different was that I used apple juice and regular vinegar. If you like you sauce to be saucy double or even triple the sauce recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
I did some research online for substitutes for rice wine if you don't have rice wine you can use gin instead. I've used it before and it worked pretty good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2009
I haven't tried other recipes yet but this one had ingredients I had on-hand (though I had to sub apple juice for both rice wine and rice vinegar) but the end result was pretty good! I think I need to cook in the oil longer next time but overall it was a great meal and leftovers just as good! Thank's Joe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
This recipe was good! I didn't have rice wine and substituted white wine. It turned out fine. I also didn't have small red chilies so I substituted crushed red pepper and sprinkled that in to taste. I did chop one half of a poblano pepper to give the meal a "green" taste and not just heat. Other additions were that that I cut up one large head of broccoli and sauteed that with onion slivers and the poblano pepper in a ginger-based stir fry oil. (The best General Tso's chicken I ever had contained broccoli; the standard recipe is very unhealthy if you make it without vegetables.) When finished I tossed the whole thing with green onions and sprinkled some chopped peanuts on top. Authentic General Tso? Maybe not. Absolutely delicious? Yes. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/30/2011
Did not taste like general tso's chicken to me.. I will definitely not use this recipe again..but thanks for letting me try it.. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2010
This tasted ok but it definitly didn't taste like the take out that we love. The soy sauce taste was overpowering. Not bad for a chicken dinner but it just wasn't right Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2014
Absolutely loved this recipe. While it is time consuming I took the advice of doing the chicken earlier in the afternoon. I used white wine instead of rice wine. I also took the advice to make extra sauce and doubled that part of the recipe - next time I will triple or quadruple it!! I wasn't familiar with the kind of hot peppers used so I put 1 1/2 Tbsps. of crushed chili into the doubled sauce and it for us was the perfect heat. I put one red bell pepper and 2 ribs of celery in to add some vegetables and finished with 4 chopped green onions and 1/2 cup of white sesame seeds. This will be made again and again and.... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
This was great Joe! I prepared the chicken without breading but the sauce was terrific! Used the chicken and the sauce with some mixed veggies and rice to make a fabulous rice bowl. Thanks for the tip about the gin too! Works great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2012
I like it some but there are some things that I would mention. First rice wine. I dunno what it was so i tried it. Next soy sauce. I didn't add any of that because my family hates it. We had a great mandarin sauce that I like to put on meatballs and drizzled it with that. Delicious! Last pepper pods. Not that much flavor. So I rate only 3 stars. Nice try on the recipe but didn't like the things above. Other than that an OK recipe. Read More
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