Quick & Easy General Tso's Chicken on a bed of rice on a round brown plate with bamboo chop sticks on top of a bamboo mat with a brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken is a popular meal when eating out at a Chinese restaurant, but it is so easy to make at home and tastes delicious!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword chicken, ginger, rice, soy sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1140kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch




  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish


  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • Prepare rice according to directions
  • In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks and coat with cornstarch
  • Once the oil is warm, add the chicken and cook until done, turning occasionally
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients
  • After the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and place on a wire cooling rack to let oil drip off
  • Drain the oil (except for about 1 tablespoon) and add the cayenne pepper, garlic, and ginger
  • Cook for about 30 seconds then add the diced red pepper
  • Once the pepper has softened slightly, add the chicken and sauce to the pan, stirring to coat
  • Serve chicken warm over rice and garnish with sesame seeds


Inspiration: https://dinnerthendessert.com/general-tsos-chicken/


Calories: 1140kcal | Carbohydrates: 193g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1851mg | Potassium: 1231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2120IU | Vitamin C: 79.6mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3.4mg