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General Tso’s Chicken

  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Diet: Halal


General Tso’s Chicken-Crispy fried chicken with a wrap of semi-thick gravy garnished with sesame seeds with strong flavors of garlic, this is a balanced spicy-sweet dish!



To chicken batter:

  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 3 tablespoon cornflour
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

To make the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 5 Dry red chilies
  • 3 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds.


To make chicken batter:

  1. Heat some oil in a pot to deep fry,
  2. Take chicken in a mixing bowl, add cornflour, all-purpose flour, pepper powder, salt, and minced garlic.
  3. Mix the chicken to coat the dry ingredients. I haven’t added water. The moisture in the chicken is enough to coat. If you want, you can add just a teaspoon of water for binding.
  4. Drop the battered chicken one by one in the oil. Fry them to a golden brown
  5. Take out the fried chicken, collect in the bowl, and set aside.

To make a sauce:

  1. Heat oil in the cast iron pan/wok. Add minced garlic and ginger. Stir fry for few seconds.
  2. Stir in the dry red chilies, cook for just a few seconds.
  3. Stir in the Homemade Hoisin sauce. Add some vinegar, water, sugar.
  4. Stir and cook for 5 minutes, till the sauce is slightly thickened.
  5. Add the fried chicken. Toss the chicken just to coat the sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds and serve.


Chefs hack to make the best Chicken Tso’s!

Clean the chicken and soak in lukewarm water for 5 minutes.

 You could use rice flour instead of corn-starch also.

Don’t over fry the chicken as it would lead to a tangy taste, fry till the chicken is light brownish.

Mix the chicken in the gravy 10 minutes before serving as adding beforehand can make the chicken soggy.

You can use dried chilies and sesame seeds to garnish the dish.

  • Category: Starter/Snacks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: chinese

Keywords: general Tso, general Tso chicken, general tao chicken