Jared’s General Tso’s Chicken is incredibly flavorful. It is a delicious, lightly fried, Chinese style chicken that is crispy, sweet, and slightly spicy.
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 actually worked for a legit Chinese take-out restaurant when he was in high school. He learned how to make a bunch of the dishes, so keep a look out for some of his recipes when you are browsing Favorite Family Recipes. General Tso’s Chicken was his favorite to make (and eat) when he worked there.
Some people aren’t quite sure how to pronounce “General Tso”. Some say “General Cho’s”, others I have heard say “General Sow’s”, or even “General Toes”. I have always pronounced it “General Soh’s”, but Jared has always called it “General Chow’s”. I always thought he was WAY off but I have come to find out he is TECHNICALLY right. ALL of the actual Chinese people that he worked with called it “Chow’s” and the owners of the restaurant assured him that this is the correct way of saying it. So there is the Americanized way of saying (like how I say it) and the actual Chinese way of saying it, which is indeed “Chow’s”. No matter how you say it, people will figure out what you are trying to say sooner or later!
Anyway, back to the recipe. Now that we are married, General Tso’s is a favorite of our kids’ too. We love cooking it up with a little fried rice and some steamed veggies on the side. We also like throwing pineapple right in with the chicken to make it go further. I have seen people put bell peppers or chili peppers in with the chicken as well. Do what you think your family would like best!
Try more recipes like this General Tso’s Chicken:
- Crock Pot Cashew Chicken: Needing an easy recipe to throw in the slow cooker? This is definitely a reader-favorite recipe. Such an easy weeknight dinner idea!
- Panda Express Chow Mein: Need a side dish to go with your meal? This is one of my favorites!
- Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp: This shrimp has got to be my favorite thing at Bonefish Grill, hands down. Guess what? It is SO easy to make at home– check it out!
- Sesame Chicken Stir Fry: This is a low-calorie option if you are craving Chinese food but want keep it on the healthier side.
- Check out ALL our Asian-inspired recipes HERE