Make Your Own Take-Out – General Tso Chicken

This recipe turned out SOOOOO good.  We love a good spicy sesame chicken or General Tso chicken from the local Chinese restaurant.  When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try making it myself.  It was crispy, sweet, spicy, and just delicious!  There wasn’t a bit of it left over!  It will definitely be a regular at our house!

Make Your Own Take-Out General Tso Chicken

Recipe adapted from

2-4 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs, beaten

Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 c. Frank’s Buffalo Hot Sauce for Wings
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 c. frozen or fresh broccoli

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

While the oil is heating, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.

Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate. Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the hot skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes and then flip each piece over to cook on the other side until nicely golden but not all the way cooked through. Place in a single layer in a 9X13-inch baking dish and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat evenly with sauce.

While the chicken is cooking, steam broccoli.  Serve over hot, steamed brown rice.

Husband Rating: 8 out of 10

Food for Thought: By using the buffalo sauce, it takes a little of the heat down a notch for the chicken but it still had a good kick.  It was a little hot for our three year old.  I would recommend looking at the sweet and sour chicken recipe from the same blog.  I made the same one that night and although I personally preferred the spicy chicken, the boys liked the sweet and sour and our whole family was happy.  (You make the chicken basically the same way, just a different sauce you bake it with.)


One response

  1. This was so good! I think I would like it with the original Franks (more kick), but Matt and I both loved it. I served it with steamed broccoli and an adaption of Iowa Girl Eats kale fried rice.

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