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fried, breaded chicken pieces, tossed with chilies and an Asian sauce in a white bowl with rice

Homemade General Tso's Chicken

Breaded, fried white meat chicken breast chunks, tossed in an Asian sweet and spicy, savory General Tso sauce with dried red pepper. Serve with steamed rice
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Erin


For the Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup all purpose flour can sub gluten free flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder minced finely
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbps soy sauce
  • vegetable or frying oil

For the General's Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • dried chili pepper pods

For Serving

  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • steamed white rice for serving


  • Cut thawed chicken into bite size pieces, pat dry.
  • In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1 inch deep oil to medium heat, or 350 degrees with a thermometer.
  • Combine rice flour, salt and sugar, garlic powder and ginger. Set aside in one shallow bowl.
  • Combine eggs and the tablespoon of soy sauce, and beat, set aside in another shallow bowl.
  • Working with one piece of chicken at a time, dredge each chicken piece first in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg, then back in the flour mixture again to coat; set aside on a plate. Repeat with each chicken piece.
  • Once the oil has come to temperature, begin frying the prepared chicken pieces, working in batches. Set the pieces in the hot oil, with a little room between each of them. Fry on that side until golden brown, about 1 minutes. Turn, and repeat for other side. Set finished pieces onto a wire rack. Repeat batches until all the chicken is fried.
    battered pieces of chicken breast meat being deep fried in oil in an iron skillet
  • Mix together all sauce ingredients except chili peppers. Heat a shallow skillet to medium high heat, fully. Pour in sauce mix, and chili peppers, and simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Turn off heat.
  • Add fried chicken pieces, toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Serve with steamed white rice and sesame seeds.


  • Elevate fried chicken pieces on a cooling rack to allow steam to escape so they don't become soggy.
  • Sauce can be made in advance and stored in refrigerator
  • Simmer the sauce first, then turn the heat off while still leaving the pan on the burner and add chicken pieces; toss to coat
  • Serve with steamed rice


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 1592mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg