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General Tso’s Chicken

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


General Tso’s Chicken is a sweet and spicy deep-fried chicken dish popular in the American Chinese cuisine. It was named after General Tso Tsung-tang (Zuo Zongtang) who was a Qing dynasty general but it was unclear why.




  • 800g boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 stalks spring onions, chopped
  • 10 pcs dried red chilies
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • oil

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup cornstarch

Sweet Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp sugar (this is meant to be really sweet so adjust the sugar amount to your liking)
  • salt


  1. Mix together sweet sauce ingredients in a bowl then set aside.
  2. Mix together cornstarch slurry ingredients, mix well until even in texture. This will be something like a thick paste.
  3. Prepare a wok, place enough oil for deep-frying.
  4. Dip and coat chicken pieces with the cornstarch mixture, then deep fry chicken pieces. Once cooked remove from wok then drain.
  5. In a separate wok add oil then sauté ginger, garlic and chillies. Add the sauce mixture then once its boils and thickens add chicken and spring onions. Season with salt then gently fold chicken until its coated with the sauce evenly, turn off heat then serve.