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General Tsao's Chicken

Russ Myers


This is an American, Chinese General Tao recipe that tastes just like the dish from a Chinese restaurant.


★★★★★ 3 votes

20 Min
15 Min


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2 Tbsp
1/4 c
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp
ground ginger
3/4 c
brown sugar
1/4 c
soy sauce
2 Tbsp
apple cider (add if you like a 'tang' to your sauce)
1/2 c
chicken broth
1/4 tsp
onion powder


2 large
boneless chicken breasts, semi frozen, sliced thin
1 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
white pepper
1 c
vegetable oil (if frying in a wok)
1/8 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes (use more if you want more heat)
1 c
green onions, sliced
4 small
dried chilies, seeds removed (bird pepper or thai chilies are good)

How to Make General Tsao's Chicken


  • 1Mix sauce ingredients together. Cover and store in the fridge.
    Slice semi-frozen chicken in thin slices.
    Put oil in wok on med-high (375degree) heat.
  • 2In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and pepper.
    Using a few chicken pieces at a time, dip into flour mixture. Shake off excess (or use a sieve).
    Put coated chicken pieces into hot oil. Fry up to a minute; until golden brown.
  • 3Drain chicken pieces on paper towel.
    Repeat until all chicken pieces are cooked.
  • 4If using a wok, drain all but 1-2 T. of oil.
    Put chili peppers and sliced onion in oil. Warm up peppers and onions on medium heat for a minute or two.
    Slowly pour sauce into hot oil.
    Stir constantly, until sauce thickens.
    Turn off stove.
  • 5Put cooked chicken pieces into sauce. Stir to coat chicken thoroughly.

    Serve over hot rice.

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About General Tsao's Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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