Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

General Tso's Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings to share
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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch 

Sweet Sauce:

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 tablespoon Guilin chili sauce or Sriracha

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 tablespoon light soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow bean sauce (soy bean paste)

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 clove garlic, peeled, left whole and crushed

1 tablespoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry

4 whole dried Sichuan chilies

2 scallions, chopped

1 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped 

8 ounces egg noodles, cooked per package instructions


  1. For the chicken: In a large bowl, sprinkle the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and mix well.
  2. For the sweet sauce: In another bowl, add the stock, chili sauce, ketchup, light soy sauce, rice vinegar, yellow bean sauce, honey and dark soy sauce together and set aside.
  3. For the stir-fry: Heat a wok over high heat and when the wok starts to smoke, add the vegetable oil. Add the garlic and chicken pieces and let the chicken settle in the wok for 1 minute before stir-frying for another 2 minutes. As the chicken starts to turn opaque, add the rice wine and dried chilies and fry for a few seconds. Then add the sweet sauce mixture and cook for another 3 minutes. Cook the chicken in the sauce until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced, is slightly sticky and has a thicker consistency, another 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions and peanuts and cook for less than 1 minute. Toss in the noodles and then transfer to a serving plate.
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