General Tso’s Chicken: A super easy recipe to cook up

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General Tso’s Chicken is one of the most popular Chinese dishes. It is essentially deep-fried chicken drenched in a sweet, savoury and spicy sauce.

Many don’t dare ask how to make this recipe, assuming it’s difficult. But the good news is that it’s super easy to make at home.


  • 280g boneless skinless chicken meat, (thigh or breast, cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 slices peeled ginger, (finely minced)
  • 1 clove garlic, (finely minced)
  • 4-5 dried red chiles, (rinsed and seeded)
  • 2 stalks scallion, (white-part only, cut into 1-inch lengths)


  • 2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing Wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Marinate the chicken meat with the Shaoxing wine and salt for 15 minutes.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Coat the chicken generously with 1/3 cup cornstarch. Heat up the oil for deep-frying.
  • Deep-fry chicken until it turns light brown. Dish out with a strainer, draining the excess oil by laying the chicken on a dish lined with paper towels.
  • Heat up a wok with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil.
  • Add minced ginger, garlic, and dried chilies into the wok and stir-fry until there’s the spicy aroma of the chilies.
  • Pour the sauce into the wok. When the sauce boils and thickens, add the chicken, stir to combine well.
  • Add scallions and stir a few times, dish out and serve immediately.

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