Best General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

Best General Tso’s Chicken Recipe


chef buck here and tonight we’re cooking up one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the world General Tso’s chicken General Tso’s chicken doesn’t matter how you say it the generals been gone for centuries and you can find it in almost every Chinese restaurant you’ll ever walk into you know you’re gonna want some breading for your chicken we use in Special K you notice we’re trying to look like the people on the box but you can use regular cornflakes panko flakes whatever kind of breading you like and then we’re going to crack a couple eggs in a bowl go ahead and get those whipped up what we’re going to do is we’re going to make a little breading station so also get you about a cup of all-purpose flour season it up with just some salt and pepper we got a pound and a half a chicken we use and thigh meat some dark meat but you can use white meat you know just chop it up some chicken tenders in this a little bit you know roll your chicken pieces in your flour go ahead and roll it in your egg and then go ahead and throw it in whatever kind of a breading North get it rolled up and then arrange all that chicken you don’t want a baking sheet that you’ve got grease just sprayed with the oil you know and then if you’ve got a little can of olive oil that you can spray on there spray the top of it because that will help to brown it up you know make it crispy in the oven which we’re going to slide it into right now at 400 degrees you know and let them bake away for about 20 minutes and boom look how beautiful these things are you know if you can eat these just right now I like for chicken nuggets you know but this is General Tso’s chicken so we still got some sauce we got to whip up in a little Bowl we’re gonna go ahead and throw together some soy sauce a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette then some hoisin sauce which is kind of a thick sweet sauce you could find an Asian section of door and then some apricot jam you know don’t do this boom you know if you’re filming don’t do that because you know you get stuff on your lens but if you’re not filming you go ahead and plop it in there and make it as big a message you want you know and you probably won’t be filming it so don’t worry about that a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch and then just a little bit less than two cups of water and go ahead and get that stirred up and then we’re going to take a skillet and heat it on medium-high heat throw in a couple of teaspoons of sesame oil if you want a little bit of a kick throw in some pepper flakes you know put you a little bit of a garlic in there and some ginger and then we’ll go ahead and push these around and oil for a couple of minutes get a little bit of color on them and then we’re going to pour our sauce in there and this sauce is very thin you know but it’s going to thicken up really quickly because of the cornstarch we have in there so go ahead and stir it around in your skillet you know let it come to a bubble and once it starts bubbling you know it’s literally just going to be two or three minutes for this stuff to thicken up you know it’s going to get very thick and very syrupy so you know just after a couple of minutes once it gets to a nice consistency we’re going to go ahead and push all of that chicken in there throw your nice crispy chicken bits in there get them all stirred up in this sauce and then that’s it we just got to dress it up you know we’re going to take our toasted sesame seeds sprinkle those all over there as much as you like and then we got about three green onions that we chopped up that’s a nice flavor it’s a nice color and there you have it General Tso’s chicken a lot of people serve it up with rice we’re going to serve it with some sautéed cabbage and some noodles you know but whatever you want to serve it with it’s going to taste fantastic so give this recipe a try let us know what you think Bon Appetit and thanks for watching and you know definitely make this Chinese meal at home you know if you want the pride of knowing that you made a bastardized version chinese-food in your very own kitchen then then here’s your opportunity

100 thoughts on “Best General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

  1. Mock meats that is. Aka Seitan. And yes some folks are sensitive to glutens. Sorry, again…ill step off my soapbox! 🙂

  2. Chef Buck, I've been running the train on all your videos. LOVE THEM. This one especially. I want the pride. We'll be making this in the next few days. KEEP THE VIDEOS COMING!

  3. Thanks for the recipe Chef Buck! This is one of my favorite meals. You should be on the cooking channel with your own show. I wish I could give you 50+ thumbs up. Tell camera girl I said hello. I love your channel.

  4. your so.right. along with large amounts of soy and corn. all GMO and pesticide soaked. its sad. but i love occasional doses of tvp and seitan. all in moderation. summers coming up, tho…so its veggie time! 🙂

  5. well I don't quite make it like that, but that sounds pretty good. Maybe a tiny bit sweeter than I like, what with the jam and all, but still looks good. Great idea with the cereal, I've actually never tried that.

  6. Just made this for dinner! This was awesome, and I didn't feel terrible for eating it. 🙂 High five, and thanks for using my tune!

  7. Great recipes, man. I especially like this, your not fried chicken and your devil eggs. But I was wondering whether you had any plans for some rice recipes ?

    And the good general's chicken isn't actuall chinese in origin. 😀 Not that thats a bad thing, its delicious as hell. I couldn't care less about authenticity and accuracy if the damn food is f-ing delicious.

  8. Hey Buck, got my new hip last week
    and came home yesterday. All is good.
    Monday I'll be headed off to REHA
    for 3 weeks. I think I will at least
    have internet there… Yep, time to get
    back into shape! 😀

  9. If you don't even know the name of the dish how can you show us the recipe? I know this is way off from the real thing.

  10. Amazing! Made it for dinner tonight, really easy and very tasty! Many thanks for posting the video 🙂

  11. Where are you from? Im from the northeast and every general tsos recipe ive tried online tastes nothing like the ones at our local restaurants… makes me wonder if we have a different version in this area.

    This ones seems different, so i will probably try it as part of my quest to match the local sauce.

  12. the apricot jam adds some sweetness–never tried a touch of grenadine, but CG loves that stuff…I'll have to pass on that tip to her, she's always looking for an excuse to use grenadine.

  13. Excellent! doubled it. corn flakes and thigh meat worked great. never used corn flakes before, but would certainly use again in place of panko. i cooked the chicken a little longer (25 minutes total) to make it crispier and to be sure it was fully cooked.spooned the sauce over the chicken rather than mixing in the pan with sauce so that the chicken stayed crispier. kids loved it too. put a squirt of sriracha on top for a little extra kick. tasted fried even though it wasn't!

  14. glad it worked for you–I love this General Tso's recipe. CG always uses cereal for breading with dish, although we generally do use panko for most other recipes. And we tend to prefer the darker chicken cuts as well–the dark meat is just plain jucier and more flavorful.

  15. Quick question. What kind of soy sauce do you use? And in the video you say to add Balsamic vinaigrette, but you typed out balsamic vinegar in the video and the description area, so which one do you use?

  16. I came via the Chicken Tikka Masala video, I subscribed because I don't know that I've ever heard a video summarized so well as: "If you want the pride of knowing that you made a bastardized version of Chinese food in your very own kitchen then here's your opportunity."  A++ for style!

  17. Awesome dish. Not really fattening. Used rice crispies instead of Special K and orange marmalade instead of apricot jam. Turned out way better than I expected. Thanks chef buck!

  18. It looks delicious and I would like to try it, but with less than half that amount of soya sauce, however light!  Another small tip – I don`t think it`s too wise to spray with oil on top of the stove.  You might remember to clean it up right away,, but others may forget about it – it`s a grand recipe for a kitchen fire!

  19. First and fore most, Excellent presentation of very simple and easy instructions, music, a little laughter. Hats off to the assistant preparing the whole dish Up, LOL and little bit of mess, but hey the end result speaks for it self. Thanks so much for sharing…

  20. I'm so glad I found your channel! You cook tons of things I like, and you do it simply without the Hollywood flair. You make it so people with limited space and/or income can eat food that's better and more enjoyable for them. You kick butt Chef Buck, and I love it 🙂

  21. Thanks Chef Buck for all your ideas. I love General Tso but hate that it is fried. I can't wait to try this healthier version. I really like that you cook a variety of ethnic foods as well and give us easy recipes for those too! Looking forward to what you cook next.

  22. I like that you didn't fry the chicken, almost just about every body else in here doing the same thing, deep fried the chicken

  23. Looks tasty!  I was looking for a general tso's chicken recipe that requires baking and not frying.I will give this a try sometime the next time i go shopping. : )

  24. CG's making General Tso's Chicken again! I'm in the mood for Chinese and it's nice to be able to make it at home!
    Best General Tso's Chicken Recipe

  25. I made this a few days ago it was very good. The only thing was i had to add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar after it was cooked because it just needed some sweetness. Overall the recipe was very good and i might make it again someday.

  26. I made this the other night for my fiance and he said it was EXCELLENT! Raved about it to all his friends! Used brown sugar instead of jam and didn't have the balsamic on hand so I just omitted it. THANKSSS SO MUCH!

  27. I wish my oven worked. If it did, then I would try this. I always deep fry battered chicken in a pan. this looks way cleaner and way easier. Also, I would use that foul-smelling "Junkiang" vinegar instead of balsamic and I would also swap out some of hte water with white wine (any kind). If you ever work in a Chinese restaurant, they use wine by the jug load. They also use a white liquor they flare off (literally they set it on fire). I would love to see you try that. Great recipe. 

  28. Wow! This seems to be a much more healthful option for this dish! I only made it once before and it was deep fried! Cannot wait to make this version!!! Thanks Chef! You rule as always!

  29. 0:07 hahaha thank you for putting it that way, that's a like for this vid ^

    i have to add, i love seeing people take recipes and tweak them, making them a more healthier option, for that i'll subscribe ^

  30. This recipe is close to my own I myself rarely go out to eat because ever since I completed my course in Culinary Arts there's no need too

  31. I just tried this recipe, followed your instructions exactly (except I used gluten-free flour and oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs).  It was a huge success!  Thanks!!  Never thought I would be able to make something like this.

  32. Thank you I like your recipes really work for me but I had to drink a little bit but it really turned out very good me my husband love the dinner

  33. Chef Buck, thank you for this great looking recipe. You really pack a lot into a 3:40 video (commendable in itself)! I'm making this one tonight!

  34. Mine came out very strong ( too strong…heavy soy sauce flavor) Not sure what happened but it didn't taste like the restaurant version for me at all 🙁

  35. Thanks Chef Buck for this great recipe. Really enjoyed the fact you baked the chicken and not deep fried it. 🙂

  36. Nicely done! I love your videos sir. I'm going to try this recipe out. Thanks again and keep those cooking videos coming!!!

  37. the sauce is absolutely disgusting, it should have honey and rice b=vinegar anything that actually does make it sweet not jam!!!

  38. 'If you want the pride of making a bastardized version of a chinese meal' haha what a legend… looks like a pretty solid dish regardless of authenticity

  39. Huh??? The most popular Chinese chicken in the world??? LOL… It is invented by a Chinese in the States. Outside the States only foodies know it because they search yourtube or the web for new recipes. I can assure you no one in China knows this dish unless heared of it via via. There are many Chinese people in Suriname and one of them invented "Tsjauw Min". That is another Chinese dish no Chinese in China ever heard of! 🙂 But havind said that: I love Tso's Chicken and certainly love Tsjauw Min.

  40. Its actually an American dish. Just like nachos and burritos are not from Mexico or London Broil is not from England. All the Best

  41. i never found that one outside the US ..sadly since it is real good ,,but it is okay now i know how to make it at home ,so thanks for that

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