Monday, March 20, 2023

General Tso's Chicken

Light, crispy chicken tossed in a sweet hoisin-soy sauce!

I am no stranger to posting a recipe every once in a while that isn't necessarily one I like because I have made it for my family and they liked it. This is one of those recipes. Nick loves General Tso's chicken and I've been trying to find a recipe that I like, but coincidentally (but not really at all), most of the recipes taste the same. I like Asian foods and I love hoisin especially, but I'm not a huge fan of this recipe. I don't by any means hate it, but I wouldn't choose to eat it. However, it gets posted on my blog because it's a solid recipe that my husband loves and my blog is my recipe box. :) I hope that this brings a little joy to someone who was looking for a good General Tso's recipe and that you love it as much as Nick does!

What you need:

For the Chicken:

  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. green onions

For the Sauce: 

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch


  1. Place eggs in a bowl and add salt and pepper.
  2. On a plate, mix together flour and corn starch.
  3. Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees.
  4. Dip chicken into eggs, then flour mixture.
  5. Fry no more than a dozen pieces at a time. Fry until browned about 5 minutes. 
  6. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  7. Meanwhile, make the sauce by heating 2 tsp. vegetable oil over medium heat in a saucepan.
  8. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Whisk together broth, hoisin, brown sugar soy sauce, and cornstarch. 
  10. Add to pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  11. Add chicken to pan with sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

Recipe from Dinner at the Zoo

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