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Joe's General Tso's Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Joe's General Tso's Chicken

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"General Tso's Chicken is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors. It is found in a lot of Chinese buffets and take-out places. You can try substituting gin for the rice wine if you'd like."

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup of cornstarch until no lumps remain, then mix in the chicken until evenly coated in batter.
  3. In batches, carefully drop the chicken cubes into the hot oil one by one, cooking until the chicken turns golden brown and begins to float, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir in the dried peppers, and cook for about 30 seconds until the color brightens. Add the chicken, and cook for a few minutes until the chicken turns a deep, golden brown. Stir the vinegar, rice wine, sugar, soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch together in a small bowl. Pour into the wok, and boil until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy, about 2 minutes. Garnish with green onions to serve.
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  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the batter ingredients. The actual amount of the batter consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 28, 2009

Very good. The only thing different was that I used apple juice and regular vinegar. If you like you sauce to be saucy double or even triple the sauce recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 30, 2011

Did not taste like general tso's chicken to me.. I will definitely not use this recipe again..but thanks for letting me try it..

Nov 02, 2009

I haven't tried other recipes yet but this one had ingredients I had on-hand (though I had to sub apple juice for both rice wine and rice vinegar) but the end result was pretty good! I think I need to cook in the oil longer next time but overall it was a great meal and leftovers just as good! Thank's Joe!

Sep 27, 2010

I did some research online for substitutes for rice wine, if you don't have rice wine you can use gin instead. I've used it before and it worked pretty good.

Oct 05, 2010

This recipe was good! I didn't have rice wine and substituted white wine. It turned out fine. I also didn't have small red chilies so I substituted crushed red pepper and sprinkled that in to taste. I did chop one half of a poblano pepper to give the meal a "green" taste and not just heat. Other additions were that that I cut up one large head of broccoli and sauteed that with onion slivers and the poblano pepper in a ginger-based stir fry oil. (The best General Tso's chicken I ever had contained broccoli; the standard recipe is very unhealthy if you make it without vegetables.) When finished, I tossed the whole thing with green onions and sprinkled some chopped peanuts on top. Authentic General Tso? Maybe not. Absolutely delicious? Yes. I will definitely make this again.

Feb 08, 2010

This tasted ok, but it definitly didn't taste like the take out that we love. The soy sauce taste was overpowering. Not bad for a chicken dinner, but it just wasn't right

Apr 10, 2012

I like it some, but there are some things that I would mention. First, rice wine. I dunno what it was, so i tried it. Next, soy sauce. I didn't add any of that because my family hates it. We had a great mandarin sauce that I like to put on meatballs and drizzled it with that. Delicious! Last, pepper pods. Not that much flavor. So I rate only 3 stars. Nice try on the recipe, but didn't like the things above. Other than that, an OK recipe.

Oct 26, 2010

It was ok needed more spice I added more whole chilli as well as chilli flakes and used apple juice instead of rice wine


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  • Calories
  • 865 kcal
  • 43%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.7 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 277 mg
  • 92%
  • Fat
  • 52.6 g
  • 81%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 38.4 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 1208 mg
  • 48%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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