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!

General Tso's Chicken

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  • 1 Lb. chicken breasts (cut into 1? pieces)
  • 1-2 c. flour (for dredging)
  • 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


  • 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.


  1. Anonymous says:

    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.

    • Heather says:

      You take the cookies out of the oven then put the fortune in and fold the cookie. Allow them to cool and they will hold their shape. You do not put them back in the oven with the papers.

      • Eric says:

        I think that was the joke…

  2. Kara says:

    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. Laure says:

    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. Amy says:

    Here is a great fortune cookie recipe.Enjoy!

  5. Andrea says:

    I've got chow mein down but I would love to know how to make this favorite. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try it this week.

  6. Kathy says:

    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?

    • [email protected] walla says:

      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.

  7. Erica says:

    @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!

  8. Chae says:

    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.

  9. Kat says:

    I made this for my husband and he LOVED it! He now requests it on a regular basis. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Gillian Smith says:

    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! 🙂

  11. Val says:

    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?

    • Erica says:

      I haven’t but I’m sure it would be fine!

  12. Jessica says:

    Is this dish spicy? Was wondering if the cayenne pepper will be too spicy for my kids (all 5 and under).

    • Emily says:

      It is a spicy dish, but feel free to reduce or even leave out the cayenne, it will still be good!

    • Loretta says:

      I out the pepper and it tasted Great!! My husband loved it!!

      • Echo says:

        I’m glad you adapted the recipe to your taste. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Shay says:

    I want to try this but in my small town u couldn’t find lite soy sauce only the kikkoman naturally brewed soy sauce. Will it work!?

    • Emily says:

      That should work fine, you can use regular soy sauce.

  14. Tina says:

    I don’t have any pineapple juice on hand. What would be some acceptable substitutions?

  15. Linh says:

    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!

  16. Paula says:

    Absolutely delicious and so easy. My picky teenage daughter said it tasted just like the restaurant ! Thanks so much!

    • Erica says:

      Now THAT is a win! lol I am so glad she liked it! 😀

  17. Suzie says:

    Can you do any of this ahead of time? I am having a huge crowd for Thanksgiving and everyone is coming in on the Sunday before. I would love to try this the night they arrive.

    • Erica says:

      You could probably make all the chicken up and then freeze it– then when company comes you can bake it in the oven to re-heat and add the sauce? I have never done it before but that is how the Chinese chicken at Costco works so I am guessing you can do it at home 🙂 Let us know how it turns out!

  18. Andrea says:

    Delicious and so easy! It has been three years since my husband and I ate Chinese take out and we vowed never to do it again. We were longing for Chinese food lately and still didn’t want to eat take out. I haven’t attempted to cook anything like this because I am unfamiliar with it, and it’s out of my comfort zone. This was so easy! The next time I make it I will probably dredge the chicken in egg first so the flour will stick better. I also bought a ginger paste from the grocery store that I used instead of fresh ginger. It was cheaper, and I knew I wouldn’t use the whole ginger root, and I can save the paste for next time in the fridge. I used 4 lbs of chicken, and i quadrupled the sauce recipe, but I ended up having way too much extra. I also had trouble getting the sauce to thicken, so I added in more cornstarch mixture and I turned up the heat on high and constantly stirred until it reached the desired consistency. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you for sharing.

    • Erica says:

      We use that ginger paste all. the. time! It is THE best!!! So glad you liked this recipe! It is one of our favorites! We have a crock pot version too 😉 http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/crock-pot-general-tsos-chicken.html

  19. John says:

    My 14 year old daughter, comes from a long history of family cooks. She made this tonight for dinner, all by herself, and kicked it’s arse!!!! My NEW favorite generals chicken. And by the way…..I AM NOT A CHICKEN FAN!!!!!!! Go my future attorney/chef!!!!!!

    • Erica says:

      So gad you liked it! Wow, way to go having a 14-year-old that is so into cooking! That is impressive!

  20. Elyse says:

    AMAZING!!!! My boyfriend and I are nuts for Asian cuisine. We have had trouble reproducing restauraunt quality dishes, but this recipe is outstanding!!! We make jasmine or basmati rice to go with it and inhale it all. If you’re looking for an easy and brag worthy dish, this is it! Thank you for sharimg this with us! 🙂

    • Erica says:

      I’m so glad you liked this! We love it too! Thank you for your comment!

  21. Tracie says:

    Do not use regular soy sauce! Too strong and terrible. I had to triple the other ingredients to balance it out.

  22. NateChef says:

    How did you get the chicken breading to look so perfect? Your list of ingredients doesn’t contain flower but the instructions state to use flower. Am I missing something?

    • Erica says:

      You are right- flour is not in the ingredients list but it IS used to coat the chicken to get the crispy breaded coating. I will fix it on the recipe

  23. Emily says:

    How long does this recipe take to make?

    • Echo says:

      Emily, after you cut up the chicken this recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make. Thanks for asking!

  24. Mandy says:

    This was delicious! My family of 5 devoured it. I used 5 chicken breasts which the sauce just barely covered. Next time I will double the sauce, as we like ours a little more saucy. Very good flavor. I didn’t change anything. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

    • Erica says:

      We definitely like making extra sauce for that same reason. So glad everyone liked it!

  25. annabelle says:

    The recipe seems to be missing. Any chance of putting it back? my family keeps requesting this dish again, it’s excellent but I never did print it out and now it seems to not even be there on the page. 🙁

    • Erica says:

      Sorry about that! We will get right on it!!!

  26. Christine says:

    This was delicious, just as good as the restaurant!

  27. Caryn says:

    I’ve made this at least a dozen times and it continues to be a crowd-pleaser! Thank you so much for posting this!

    • Echo says:

      Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  28. MGW says:

    Loved this recipe. My only problem was the directions did not say to boil the sauce after adding the cornstarch. I followed the directions & the sauce never thickened. I looked at the cornstarch box & it said to boil for 1 minute. I did that & all was great!! Thanks for this great replacement for takeout.

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