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General Tso Chicken (Easy!)

General Tso Chicken. Crispy chicken smothered in a sweet, tangy, glossy sauce with a spicy kick! This general tso chicken from scratch is easy to make at home. It serves deliciously for dinner, lunch or leftovers. Ready in just 25 minutes! I also share air-fryer instructions below in the Notes below.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories per serving 747 kcal


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs diced
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 5 slices ginger peeled (each slice is about ¼ cm thick)
  • ½ stalk green onion finely chopped
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp sesame seeds optional garnish

General Tso Sauce:


  • In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Cut each thigh into bite size pieces, about 6-8 pieces per thigh depending on size. Do not pat chicken thighs dry, some moisture is needed for the next step. If you plan to air fry your chicken, please refer to Notes now.
  • In a bowl, add chicken pieces followed by cornstarch. Mix to coat each piece evenly.
  • In a wok or pan, set over medium high heat, add vegetable oil. Allow this to get hot. To test, insert a wooden chopstick into the oil and look for bubbles. If you see bubbles, the oil is hot
  • Carefully lower coated chicken into oil and quickly spread apart. Once chicken is spread apart, do not touch or move the pieces around. Allow pieces to sear and form a golden crust, about 5-6 minutes on each side.
  • Remove and transfer fried chicken to a plate or cooling rack. Pour out any excess oil from pan.
  • In the same wok set over medium high heat, add your ginger followed by pre-mixed sauce. Let it come to a boil to thicken and reduce.
  • Then finally toss in your fried chicken and mix until each piece is coated in sauce. Optionally, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!


How to Air Fry General Tso Chicken:
Follow steps 1-2 as above.
3. Instead of pouring the cornstarch right over the cubed chicken (as instructed above), place the cornstarch on a plate and dredge each piece of chicken into the starch. Feel free to add more starch if needed. This creates a more even coating.
4. Then transfer the coated chicken into your air fryer basket in a single layer, giving each piece enough space. You may need to air fry in two batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
5. Spray enough oil over chicken. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 12-14 minutes until crispy and brown, no flipping required.
6. Meanwhile, in a wok set over medium heat, add 1 tsp oil and your ginger slices.
7. Next pour in your pre-mixed sauce and let it come to a boil until it is thick and glossy.
8. Then add your air-fried chicken into the sauce to mix. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
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Calories: 747kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 1707mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
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