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Once a month, my family gets together for family dinner. We rotate houses every month, and if it’s your turn to have the dinner at your house, you choose the menu and assign out what you want everyone to do. A lot of the time, there will be a theme to the meal – Mexican, or Italian. Well, a few months back, my mom was saying that she would like to do a Chinese food night. My brother in law claimed that there is no such thing as good Chinese food made at home.

So, I do have to kind of agree with him – but not completely. Good, authentic Chinese food? Probably not, simply because the majority of us don’t have a wok and a stove that burns at one hundred bazillion degrees like the Chinese do. But can you still have good Chinese food at home? Even though it is Americanized, I think you can!! I have a few favorites that I have posted before, and I am always drawn to Chinese recipes when I see them.

This recipe caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, because it is a healthier version of General Tso’s Chicken. And second, because it’s a non-spicy version. My husband is one of those people that doesn’t like spicy foods, so unless I want to leave him hungry, I tend to shy away from anything spicy. I just sprinkled some red pepper flakes onto my portion when we were eating so that I got the spice that I like and he was also able to enjoy dinner!

General Tso's Chicken | www.tasteandtellblog.com

General Tso's Chicken
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Serves: 4 servings
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6-8 green onions chopped, plus more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • hot pepper flakes (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • hot rice, for serving
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and water. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Dredge the chicken in the cornstarch and shake off any excess. Cook the chicken in the olive oil until browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Using a paper towel, wipe the skillet clean. Add the sesame oil, green onions and ginger. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer mixture for 2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a bit. Add the chicken back into the skillet, toss to coat with sauce, and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve garnished with green onions, hot pepper flakes (if desired) and sesame seeds (if desired).
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  6. adapted from Coup De Pouce Magazine (as seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures, who saw it on La Table de Nana)
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19 Responses to General Tso’s Chicken

  1. Rachel says:

    Mmm that looks so good! I’ve been trying to find a good General Tso’s recipe, but most of them just don’t taste good or the breading falls off. I like the fact that this one only uses cornstarch. I’m definitely going to try this one!

  2. Rhondi says:

    I recently added a wok to our kitchen tools and have been looking for some easy, healthy chinese dishes to make. This is perfect! I can’t wait to make it.

  3. Asiya says:

    This looks awesome. I’ve been looking for a good General Tso’s recipe for a long time. Looking forward to trying this. But I think I will make a spicy version of this. Thx for sharing!

  4. Joanne says:

    Haha I think the problem is that we probably COULD make authentic Chinese food at home…but what we usually eat isn’t really authentic to begin with!

    I do love general tso’s though and this looks perfectly delicious!

  5. Jennifurla says:

    It looks lovely, great color! Pass the plate

  6. peggy says:

    This is a keeper! Mmm… and doesn’t look hard to make. Thanks!

  7. That is some gorgeous chinese food!

  8. briarrose says:

    This look delicious! General Tso’s is my favorite Chinese dish. I must make this.

    Wonderful family tradition…I so wish my family lived closer together so we could do this.

  9. Simply Life says:

    oh my! this looks SO good!

  10. Charissa says:

    Healthier Chinese?! Nice. This is one thing that seems so hard to make healthier! Good on you!

    I haven’t been to your site before and it’s lovely. Found it via Foodgawker!

  11. Nina T. says:

    Looks yummy!!!I have everything at home to make this! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Christy says:

    Chinese food is always a good option for meals, with the many varieties in cooking and also the healthy choices available. It is a good thing that it is easily found all over the world too 😀

  13. yes i love making this at home. you know why? because you actually know whats in it! you never know what parts of the chicken or what chemicals they use. ok sorry to gross you out! LOL

  14. Kim says:

    I think the tradition of having a family dinner is so important and love that you all choose themes. Saying that, your General Tso’s chicken is gorgeous! I would be very proud to serve that to my family.

  15. Alli says:

    I love these pictures. If the pictures are telling the truth then you found a way to make very good Chinese food at home. What a fun tradition.

  16. Katrina says:

    Neat! I’ve always wanted to know how to make this!

  17. Looks better than at a restaurant! Such a fun tradition.

  18. I love General Tso’s Chicken, it is what I order almost everytime we get Chinese. I have tried a couple recipes at home, but they were not very good. This one looks amazing! I am bookmarking now! Thanks!

  19. Amy says:

    I’ve used this recipe twice now and love it! I’ve tried several at-home general tso recipes but nothing was ever as good as this one. Plus, its super quick and easy to make. The only thing I changed was I added a tablespoon of garlic powder to the cornstarch for flavor.


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