General Tso’s Chicken

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This lighter General Tso’s Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!

This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!
General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s chicken is a sweet, deep-fried chicken dish that is served in North American Chinese restaurants. This healthier lightened up version is wok sautéed instead of deep fried, and made without all the added sugar used in most restaurants. I’ve done so many take-out makeovers like Orange Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Cauliflower Fried Rice, you may also enjoy.

This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!

A plate of take-out General Tso’s Chicken is usually made with deep fried chicken thighs and lots of sugar. Just one plate can easily set you back over 1000 calories! Swapping dark meat for white meat, lightly wok sauteeing in place of deep frying, and cutting out the extra sugar, since hoisin is sweet enough, worked out great. Finally, I served this over cauliflower rice, but brown rice would also work.

Variations

  • If you like a sweeter sauce, you can add 1 tablespoon sugar in the sauce.
  • To make this hot, add 6 whole dried red chilies while stir frying the chicken.
  • Add a little orange zest to brighten the dish up.
  • If a sweeter sauce is a must for you, add 1 tablespoon of honey

How To Make a Healthier General Tsos Chicken

This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!  This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out! This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and more than half the calories than if you ordered take-out! This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and more than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!

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This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!
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General Tso's Chicken

252 Cals 27 Protein 16 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
This lighter General Tso's Chicken is made with chunks of white meat chicken breast, lightly wok sautéed with an easy, healthier stir-fry sauce, and more than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce, divided*
  • ¼ cup cornstarch, divided
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium scallions, whites and greens separated
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, plus more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin*
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and egg white. Toss to combine and set aside while you chop the vegetables.
  • Mince the garlic and ginger and chop the scallions. Separate the scallion whites from the greens and set aside greens for garnish.
  • Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, ginger, garlic and scallion whites. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, sriracha, and hoisin and whisk to combine. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch and whisk sauce until starting to thicken, about 2 minutes. Once thickened, turn heat to low and keep warm while you make the chicken.
  • Heat a large wok or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. In two batches to prevent sticking, add 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil then half of the chicken pieces. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes, or until browned on the edges. Flip chicken and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside on a plate and add the remaining oil and chicken as directed.
  • Return the chicken back to the skillet or wok, add the sauce to the skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle with scallion greens and sesame seeds. Serve immediately with extra sriracha, if desired.

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Notes

*Check labels for gluten-free.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1038mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g
WW Points Plus: 7
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  1. I added a little brown sugar and sherry to the sauce, and more garlic.  
    Served over cauliflower rice. 

  2. Made exactly as described and it was a hit with my family. Thank you!

  3. Extremely disappointed. I used a wok, a stainless pan, and a nonstick pan all making this one dish. The egg white/cornstarch mixture just turned into a burnt mess. I have made General Tso’s before, but was looking for a healthier version. I ended up needing to use vegetable oil to even try to finish cooking the coated chicken. Sauce is good, but the method for cooking the chicken is not.

  4. Hi, great recipe Gina. It is wonderful not to eat a 1000 calories in one dish

    I also wanted to thank you for the Skinny Taste Air fryer Cookbook The General Tso Cauliflower is worth the price of the book. It has become a family favorite and a can be a main or side dish

  5. This came out amazing- thank you for a great recipe! The whole family loved it, which from a 2 and 4 y/o is saying something! I loved the trick of mixing the chicken with cornstarch and egg white to make it crispy- I will definitely be making this again!

  6. I think this will easily be one of my faves from Skinnytaste. I didn’t have hoisin sauce, so I substituted with plum jam and some soy sauce (thanks, Google!). I stuck to the recipe after that, and it was so delicious! The sauce is so flavorful. Added some cucumbers on the side for crunch. This will go on my rotation.

  7. Skimped on the hoisin because that stuff is very strong and easily ruins a recipe. Skipped the oil bc it makes me nauseous. This is great with broccoli and spice BUT even though it was pretty good the night of, this stuff doesn’t make good leftovers ):

  8. This recipe was AMAZING. I will be making it again and again and again.

  9. A favorite of ours! When we order Chinese, my husband almost always orders General Tso’s chicken. He loves your version as much, and it is a lot healthier! Thank you!

  10. This one wasn’t a winner for me and I’m surprised because I usually love all of the SkinnyTaste recipes.   I used a wok over medium high & the egg from the chicken just seemed to burn to the bottom of the wok, leaving the chicken without much flavor itself.  When I added the sauce in it picked up all the burned egg & cornstarch & made everything taste bitter.  Not sure what the method behind mixing the chicken with egg & cornstarch was, since the sauce was thick in itself. Maybe I did something wrong?!  

    • This happened to me too. I had to turn it down and cook with more oil. Once I got rid of the burned bits I cleared it out and cooked it with the sauce. AMAZING. But def not fun to learn with the weird burned egg/cornstarchy stuff.

    • maybe you just poured the chicken in? if you use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to the wok, you shouldn’t have leftover egg bits. It should all stay on the chicken

  11. We made this last night and thought it was delicious. It was such a nice change from boring chicken. My husband and son went back for seconds. I didn’t change a thing. Thank you for your hard work and sharing! 

  12. Hi Gina,  what would you suggest as a replacement for pineapple in this recipe?  My daughter was so excited that you had a general Tso’s recipe but pineapple makes her lips itchy.  

    We love your recipes!!  

  13. This is a fantastic recipe!! I used thighs instead of breasts, doubled up the sauce and served with couscous. My husband loved it!! Will definitely make this one again soon 👍🏾

  14. I made this for dinner yesterday, it was really easy to make and the sauce had a nice kick to it.  I did plain rice with it, which was a nice balance against the spicy chicken. Will definitely be doing it again.

  15. Since January I’ve been making at least three of your recipes per week for dinner and my family has loved them all. I just bought your meal prep cook book and am looking forward to trying the recipes. I made the General Tso’s tonight and it was a huge hit! I added the orange zest, honey, and extra sriracha, and added a stir fried, thinly sliced red pepper to the chicken and sauce. Delicious!

  16. I made this recipe yesterday and it was amaaaazing! The only ingredient I didn’t have was ginger but I think it was fine without. I also added a little honey like some other people suggested. Served on brown rice with some broccoli I had in the freezer. Highly recommend and very easy to make. Thanks Gina!! 🙂

  17. This turned out great! Chicken was moist and tender, we really enjoyed it! Paired it with brown rice and roasted broccoli tossed with garlic salt and sesame oil ! Cured that Chinese takeout craving! 

  18. Yum! I think next time I’ll add a Tbs of sugar or honey, but otherwise I loved this and so did my husband.  Great version of a lower calorie General Tso’s. I added broccoli and served over brown rice.  Looking forward to making it again.

  19. I’m making this tonight. It is a family favourite. Whenever I ask my sons what the want for dinner, the first thing the oldest says is General Tso.

  20. One of my favorite recipes! I’ve made it like 10 times now. The only change I make is only using 2 tsp of sesame oil instead of 4. I serve it with jasmine rice and broccoli (steamed or roasted). Perfect!