General Tao Chicken Recipes

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A genuinely mouthwatering dish with an Asian kick that will knock your chopsticks off! Don't be fooled by other General Tsao impostors: this is simply the best Chinese chicken you will ever have. With a flair of peanut oil, a streak of sesame, a dash of orange, and a sweet spot for hot, this is sure to be a favorite. Just don't forget to deep-fry twice! Serve with steamed broccoli and white rice.

Provided by ChefDaddy

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     Asian     Chinese

Time 50m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 21

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  • Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Add the chicken cubes; sprinkle with salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and white pepper; mix well. Mix in 1 cup of cornstarch a little bit at a time until the chicken cubes are well coated.
  • In batches, carefully drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil one by one, cooking until they turns golden brown and begin to float, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken and allow to cool as you fry the next batch. Once all of the chicken has been fried, refry the chicken, starting with the batch that was cooked first. Cook until the chicken turns deep golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir in the green onion, garlic, whole chiles, and orange zest. Cook and stir a minute or two until the garlic has turned golden and the chiles brighten. Add 1/2 cup sugar, the ginger, chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and peanut oil; bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into the water, and stir into the boiling sauce. Return to a boil and cook until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy from the cornstarch, about 1 minute. Stir the chicken into the boiling sauce. Reduce heat to low and cook for a few minutes until the chicken absorbs some of the sauce.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 633.5 calories, Carbohydrate 54.9 g, Cholesterol 101.1 mg, Fat 36.5 g, Fiber 0.8 g, Protein 24.3 g, SaturatedFat 6.1 g, Sodium 1191.6 mg, Sugar 17.7 g

4 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 egg
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 pinch white pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 clove garlic, minced
6 dried whole red chilies
1 strip orange zest
½ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup water


Great chicken that tastes the same as the one served in the Chinese restaurants, without the deep frying. Serve on steamed jasmine or basmati rice.

Provided by Mel

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     Asian     Chinese

Time 50m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 18

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  • Coat the chicken pieces with 1/4 cup of cornstarch; set aside.
  • Beat the eggs, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the flour and baking powder until no large lumps remain. Mix in the chicken until evenly coated.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Drop in the chicken pieces; cook until golden brown and no longer pink on the inside, about 12 minutes. Set the chicken aside; keep warm.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high and stir in the sesame oil, ginger, and green onion. Cook and stir until the onion is limp and the ginger begins to brown, about 1 minute. Pour in the water, vinegar, and sugar; bring to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce and add to the simmering vinegar along with the oyster sauce and ketchup. Stir until the sauce has thickened and is no longer cloudy. Stir in the chicken and simmer until hot.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 522.4 calories, Carbohydrate 34.5 g, Cholesterol 148.1 mg, Fat 26.8 g, Fiber 0.7 g, Protein 35.1 g, SaturatedFat 4.9 g, Sodium 1054.6 mg, Sugar 19.4 g

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
¼ cup cornstarch
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup vegetable oil
4 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
½ cup chopped green onion
½ cup water
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
½ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup oyster sauce
¼ cup ketchup


There's been a lot of rumor about the origins of this dish; I'll let others fight it out and just focus on its deliciousness! I think that the human palate is drawn to the combination of savory, sour, sweet, salty and spicy. I think that's why we all love this dish. There's a huge difference between the popular sambal oelek and Chinese chili garlic sauce. Sambal is very easy to find but it's twice as hot as chili garlic. So, if you are using sambal, use half the amount.

Provided by Jet Tila

Categories     main-dish

Time 30m

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 18

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  • For the chicken: Place your broccoli florets in a medium bowl and add 2 tablespoons water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat the oil in a 4-quart (3.8-liter) Dutch oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) using a frying thermometer. Rinse the chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Mix 1 1/2 cups (335 grams) of the tempura flour and 1 cup (240 milliliters) water into a thick batter. It should look like thick pancake batter. Dredge the chicken cubes in the 1 cup (223 grams) of tempura flour and then coat them in the batter. Fry them in two batches until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the chicken on paper towels or a rack.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet to high and add 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of oil. When you see the first wisps of white smoke, stir in the fried chicken, onion, chiles, broccoli, and 1/3 of the ginger and garlic and cook them for about 30 seconds.
  • For the sauce: While the chicken cooks, add the oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch slurry, red food coloring if using, 1/3 cup water and the remaining chopped ginger and garlic into a 1-quart (946-millileter) saucepan and bring the heat up to medium. Whisk gently as it comes to a simmer. Allow it to simmer and keep whisking it for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and reserve it.
  • Stir in the sauce and allow it to coat the chicken and simmer. Cook it, folding all the ingredients until they are well coated, about 2 minutes. Garnish with the scallions.

1 1/2 cups (335 grams) broccoli florets
1 1/2 quarts (1.8 liters) vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) for stir-frying
2 pounds (900 grams) boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch (3-centimeter) dice
1 1/2 cups (335 grams) tempura flour, plus 1 cup (223 grams) for dredging
1 cup (240 milliliters) cold water
1/2 onion, cut into large dice
10 to 12 whole dried Thai chiles
1/2 tablespoon (8 grams) minced ginger root
1/2 tablespoon (5 grams) chopped garlic
1/2 cup (90 milliliters) oyster sauce
1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) chili garlic sauce
1/2 cup (95 grams) sugar
6 tablespoons (90 milliliters) white vinegar
2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) soy sauce
1 tablespoon (7 grams) cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) water
1 drop red food coloring (optional)
3 scallions, sliced on the bias


An Asian chicken recipe without the typical oriental taste. This recipe was voted one of the top 10 dishes in Columbus by Columbus Monthly Magazine, as prepared by Chef Paul Kaewprasart of the Siam Oriental Restaurant. I modified it slightly, and it goes great over white rice as a main dish for any number of people.

Provided by Chuck Cade

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     Asian

Time 50m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 17

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  • To Make Sauce: In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Mix together. Add garlic, ginger, sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and white wine vinegar. Then add chicken broth and monosodium glutamate and stir all together until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until needed.
  • To Prepare Chicken: In a separate bowl, combine chicken, 1/2 cup soy sauce and white pepper. Stir in egg. Add 1 cup cornstarch and stir until chicken is evenly coated. Add oil to help separate chicken pieces. Divide chicken into small quantities and deep fry at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  • To Make Mixture: Place a small amount of oil in wok and heat until wok is hot. Add scallions and dried chile peppers and stir-fry briefly. Remove sauce from refrigerator and stir. Add sauce to wok. Then add fried chicken and cook until sauce thickens (add cornstarch or water as needed until sauce is as thick as you like it).

Nutrition Facts : Calories 841.5 calories, Carbohydrate 60.7 g, Cholesterol 162.8 mg, Fat 40.5 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 56.5 g, SaturatedFat 5.8 g, Sodium 2056.6 mg, Sugar 26.4 g

½ cup cornstarch
¼ cup water
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup hot chicken broth
1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)
3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
½ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups chopped green onions
16 chile peppers, sun-dried


A favourite dish in Chinese restaurants, try making your own General Tso's chicken. It looks complicated but get all the components ready and it's quite easy

Provided by Diana Henry

Categories     Dinner, Main course, Supper

Time 40m

Yield Serves 4 along with other dishes

Number Of Ingredients 21

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  • For the chicken, mix the egg white with the potato flour in a bowl, then add the soy sauce, Shaohsing wine (or sherry) and the chicken. Turn the chicken over to coat it.
  • For the sauce, mix together the tomato purée, 2-3 tbsp water, potato flour, soy sauces, rice vinegar, sugar and Shaohsing wine and set this aside. Snip the chillies into 5cm lengths, discarding the seeds.
  • Heat the oil in a wok and cook the garlic, ginger and chillies over a medium heat until they're aromatic and beginning to soften, but not brown.
  • Mix the cornflour and plain flour for the coating with salt and pepper and tip into a broad shallow bowl. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dip it in the flour mix and set the pieces onto a tray.
  • Pour enough oil into a deep pan to come 8cm up the sides. Heat until it reaches 200C (if you drop in a test piece of chicken, it should sizzle straight away). Carefully add half the chicken pieces and fry until they're crisp and golden - agitating the pieces to make sure they don't stick together - about 4 mins. Lift the pieces out with a slotted spoon onto a double layer of kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  • Heat the wok, add the sauce mixture to the garlic, ginger and chillies in there and cook, stirring, until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Add the chicken and half the spring onions and warm everything through. Serve with the sesame seeds and the rest of the spring onions scattered on top. This doesn't give you huge servings so it's best to offer another dish with it, as well as boiled rice.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 430 calories, Fat 18 grams fat, SaturatedFat 4 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 34 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 10 grams sugar, Fiber 1 grams fiber, Protein 30 grams protein, Sodium 3.1 milligram of sodium

1 egg white
½ tbsp potato flour
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp Shaohsing wine or medium sherry
500g boneless chicken thighs , cut into 4cm pieces
50g cornflour
50g plain flour
1 tbsp tomato purée
2 tsp potato flour
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp Shaohsing wine or medium sherry
6 Sichuan long dried chillies (if you can't get hold of these, 1 tsp chilli flakes works well)
1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 inch piece of ginger , peeled and very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
1l groundnut oil
3 spring onions , finely chopped
3 tsp toasted sesame seeds

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