How to Make the Best General Tso’s Chicken: A Step-by-Step Guide

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If you’re a fan of Chinese cuisine, chances are you’ve tried General Tso’s chicken. This iconic dish is known for its crispy exterior, tender chicken, and sweet and spicy sauce. But have you ever wondered how to make it yourself? In this article, I’ll take you through the steps to create the best General Tso’s chicken you’ve ever tasted.


To make the best General Tso’s chicken, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken boneless thighs cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • General Tso’s Sauce Recipe
  • 3 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Red chilli peppers or ½ tsp red chili flakes


Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making best General Tso’s chicken:

  • Toss the chicken thighs with ¼ cup cornstarch. Set Aside.
  • Add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, Sugar, ¼ cup water and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch.
  • Fry chicken until crispy in two batches. Remove the first batch then repeat frying until golden brown.
  • In a small pan add 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil, Add chilli flakes, ginger and garlic.
  • Add in the chicken and toss, then add sauce.
  • Stir for 30 seconds until thickened 7 serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

General Tso’s chicken is often served over rice, but it also pairs well with noodles or vegetables. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Rice: Jasmine rice, brown rice, or fried rice
  • Noodles: Lo mein, udon, or soba noodles
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, green beans, or snow peas

Tips for Success

  • Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the best texture and flavor.
  • Don’t overcrowd the skillet when cooking the chicken, or it won’t get crispy.
  • Use a good quality hoisin sauce for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the heat level to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes.

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