Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

With a recipe as good and easy as this General Tso's Chicken, you won't ever have to (or want to) order-out for Chinese food again! #generaltsos #chinesefood

Jared and I love this General Tso’s Chicken recipe! This is actually the first meal Jared ever made me. He made it for me back when we were dating (how lucky am I to have a guy that can actually cook?) With a recipe as good and easy as this, you won’t ever have to (or want to) order-out for Chinese food again!

Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb. chicken breasts (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. "lite" soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, mixed with 3 Tbsp. water
  • 4 green onions, sliced

Instructions

  • Dredge chicken in flour and fry in oil over medium heat (in a wok or a skillet) until golden brown and crispy. Drain excess oil. Sprinkle cayenne over the chicken and keep warm on low heat. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sauce ingredients (sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, and ginger) and heat gently. When sauce is smooth and sugar has dissolved, SLOWLY add cornstarch mixture and stir constantly until sauce has thickened to desired thickness.
  • Pour sauce in the wok and stir to coat chicken. Stir in green onion and hot red pepper flakes (optional). Remove from heat and serve with fried rice.
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25 thoughts on “Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken

  1. What a glorious dish. It exceeds all expectations! Can you come up with a fortune cookie recipe? I have tried, but I burn the fortune papers in the oven.

  2. I just made this for my family tonight and it was a huge hit. So delicious! It is definitely going into my regular rotation!

  3. Dang, I want to make this RIGHT NOW, it looks so good, but I don't have all the ingredients!! :( I need to go get some pineapple juice and ginger PRONTO so I can eat this soon!

  4. I only have Ginger powder on hand. Can you just use the same amount as the fresh? Or is it a bad idea to substitute in this dish?

    • I buy 1 piece of ginger.. skin it, and chop it up.. then freeze it in a baggie.. Then whenever a recipe calls for fresh ginger, I just break of some from the freezer.. Otherwise you buy ginger, use a little bit, and the rest ends up going to waste. This way, you always have it on hand! I do the same w/ chilpotle adobe.. I only use a Tbs. at a time of chiplote.. so it gets frozen too.. and i just break off a small piece to add to dishes.

  5. @Kathy- You can still use ginger powder, just use like 1/3 of what the recipe calls for for fresh. You definitely want some kind of ginger flavor in it!

  6. This is the best generals chicken I make it all the time for my family. My husband does not even like chinese food and he loves this and the mongolian beef. I have to say I love this website every recipe we have tried from here we love. I use ground ginger in mine because I did not have fresh ginger you just don’t use as much. Great Great Great!!!! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  7. I didn’t have pineapple…but had all ready started! So, I substituted peaches in juice. Family nearly licked the bowl clean….for those of you (like me) who start before checking the pantry! Great recipe! :)

  8. I made this for dinner the other night and it turned out really fantastic – i’m wondering though if you have ever tried to freeze the sauce and if so how did it turn out when reheated?

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  12. This was so delicious!

    I made a few substitutions and it still came out great. I panfried the chicken without flour to be a little healthier. I only had pineapple and orange juice for the sauce. I added about a 1/2 cup of sugar and to make it more spicy I used about 2 tablespoons of chili paste.

    You are so right about the cornstarch though! I didn’t realize the heat had to be on low so with my first batch of the sauce I actually cooked the cornstarch. I believe I added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to make it extra thick in the second batch and it came out just like I hoped!

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