General Tso's Chicken (Tso Chung Gai)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

A Chinese restaurant favorite. My personal favorite version. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix together egg, salt, black pepper, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Add the chicken cubes; mix to coat, and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger,hoisin sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, and sherry for the sauce; reserve.
  4. Heat wok over high heat for a minute or so; add about 3 1/2-4 cups of peanut oil to wok, and heat to 350 degrees F.
  5. With tongs, remove chicken cubes individually from bowl, dust with 1 tbsp. cornstarch, shaking off excess, and place in the hot oil.
  6. Deep-fry chicken pieces for 1 1/2-2 minutes, until browned and crisp.
  7. turn off heat, and remove chicken with a wire strainer and drain over a bowl.
  8. Pour off all but 1 1/2 tbsp. of the oil from the wok.
  9. Heat the wok over high heat for 20-30 seconds; add the chilies and stir-fry for 15-20 seconds, then add the green onions, cooking for 30 seconds more.
  10. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 1 minute; remove all from wok and set aside.
  11. Stir sauce mixture into wok,stirring well, until sauce thickens into a nice glaze
  12. add chicken and chilis/onions back into the wok, stirring until everything is well coated, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.
  13. Place on platter; and garnish with steamed broccoli florets.
  14. Serve with rice.
Most Helpful

5 5

FABULOUS. Worth the effort, though not as easy as a 20-min prep recipe may seem. Set your kitchen up like a kitchen show, with all the ingredients ready beforehand and you'll be ready to wok and roll! Doubel the sauce recipe and you'll be evn happier.

5 5

What a fantastic recipe, this was so good my husband will not take me out to a Chinese restaurant anymore!!!! We had this in restaurants but I thought this was better. With many Chinese dishes I don't achieve "that restaurant taste" I did with this one!! Worth the effort, thank you so much for posting this.

5 5

We LOVED this dish. It is just as good as the General's Chicken we get from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. Yum! Yum! : ) mmm29