General Tso's Vegan "Chicken"

General Tso's Vegan Chicken Recipe

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Gary Loewenthal


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This tastes similar to the vegan General Tso's Chicken in the deli section of many Whole Foods Markets. So far, all the meat-eaters to whom I've served it have liked it, usually asking for seconds.

The seitan gives the dish a meaty texture, the breading adds crispiness, the sauce is a pleasing blend of sweet and tart, and the broccoli provides crunch (and vitamins).


★★★★★ 2 votes

2 large servings or 4 small servings
25 Min
20 Min


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12 oz
seitan (use drained weight if packed in water)
1/2 lb
broccoli, chopped (fresh is best; frozen is ok)
small-to-medium onion, chopped, not too finely
1 tsp
minced fresh ginger
3 Tbsp
peanut oil (a bit less if using a non-stick pan)


1/4 c
all-purpose flour, rice flour, or spelt flour
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
egg replacer (such as energ-g)
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1/4 c
plain unsweetened soy milk
1 Tbsp
soy sauce


1/4 c
soy sauce
2 Tbsp
rice vinegar
3 Tbsp
vegetable broth
3 Tbsp
sugar or 2 1/4 tbs. agave nectar
2 tsp

How to Make General Tso's Vegan "Chicken"


  • 1In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • 2In a medium-sized bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients for the batter together, then whisk in the soy milk and soy sauce.
  • 3Tear the seitan into bite-sized pieces, then mix in with the batter.
  • 4Heat 2 Tbs. peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat then add the battered seitan. Fry the seitan, stirring constantly and separating the individual pieces, until it's nice and brown and crispy. This may take 8-10 minutes. Then remove the seitan from the wok and set aside.
  • 5Add the remaining 1 Tbs. of oil to the wok, then add the broccoli and onion. Stir-fry for a few minutes. Don’t let the broccoli get too soft; it should still retain its color. Add the ginger and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the sauce and cook for another 3 minutes or so until it thickens. When the sauce is almost thick enough, turn the heat to low and stir in the seitan for about a minute.
  • 6Serve over rice, or over soba or udon noodles.

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About General Tso's Vegan "Chicken"

Course/Dish: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #Vegan, #seitan

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