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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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General Tso's Chicken

4.66 from 178 votes
4
Cals:252
Protein:27
Carbs:16
Fat:8
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!
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 less than half the calories than if you ordered take-out!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup

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: 252 kcal, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 1038 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g

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353 comments on “General Tso’s Chicken”

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    Diane Kammerude

    This recipe is one of my absolute favorites!   I usually bump up the veggies in it and add bell pepper and more onion.  My family loves it with chicken and I have also tried it with tofu. Would recommend either one.

  2. Yum! My husband and I loved this dish. I keep my ginger in the freezer so peeled and grated a 1 inch piece and it was great. A good portion size as well. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. I made the same mistake on a similar recipe!! I sent my husband to the store looking for an 11 inch piece of ginger, lol! Thankfully I figured it out before I made the meal but we had plenty of ginger for future recipes!

  3. I made this recipe for dinner tonight – DELICIOUS!!!!!! It is easy to prepare and quick as well. I added julienned red bell pepper and a handful of bean sprouts.  I will definitely make this recipe again and again!!  Thank you Gina!!

  4. This recipe was fantastic. My husband who hates “diet food” thought it was amazing! Will be throwing this into our monthly cycle! 

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    Yvonne Kerridge

    Love this meal is fantastic. Put it with cauliflower fried rice and it was amazing.
    My son in law is a picky eater at the best of times and said it wasn’t bad. That means it was really good!

  6. Made last night.  Delicious!  My children and I loved it!  Chicken was tender and flavorful.  I have made many different sauces for chicken stir fry recipes and this was the kids favorite.  Thank you Gina!

  7. My adult daughter and I have been doing a lot of cooking together since she has been staying with us temporarily during the pandemic. I have been working with her on getting healthier and your recipes have been so helpful in her understanding that healthy doesn’t mean dry and bland. It can mean delicious! Gina I cannot thank you enough! We all loved this. As a matter of fact we haven’t found one yet that we don’t love.

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    Ann-Catherine Hoffmann

    so delicious!  chicken is moist and soft, sauce just right. my husband loves it too. we servef over cauli rice ❤️❤️

  9. This dish is AMAZING! It is very flavorful. I doubled the recipe for meal prep and it was very easy to do so. I also added veggies to my brown rice and served it with the chicken. Thank you for all your great recipes, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  10. DELICIOUS! A hit in my household.
    Very happy with the results.
    I did not have corn starch so I substituted it for flour.

  11. Wow!!!!  My husband can’t stop raving about how incredible this dinner was!!!  It was delicious!!:) Thank you!  We would give this 10 stars if we could! The stars are glitching, but I’m trying to click on 5 stars.

  12. So delicious! I love Chinese food but only usually eat it like once a year due to portions. This recipe gets me my fix without the calories. Thanks Gina!

  13. This recipe is a Labor of love.  Not a quick night meal. However, my 13 year old loved it!!  Worth making!

  14. This was delicious! For those asking, I didn’t have any eggs on hand so I used the chia seed/water trick and it worked great. Chicken crisped up beautifully and didn’t stick to my non-stick pan. I added honey to the sauce and next time I think I’ll add crushed red pepper. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    AmericanMuslim

    My rating is on the cooking process.
    I ended up using 3 extra table spoon of oil (or maybe more ) to fry the chicken. My pan almost burnt despite using half of the chicken. I ended up l switching pan to another one and added the extra oil and fried all of them together. 

    In the end, it was cooked. And of course I love this dish. I always used to go to my local halal Chinese restaurant to order these.

    But after I moved to Virginia, I haven’t yet found a hala Chinese restaurant.

    So I made these at home after months of craving it.

    I did substitute some ingredients because Walmart did not have any and also because I did not find any halal chicken broth or vegetable broth either.

    1. For Hoisin : I mixed BBQ sauce, siracha sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce and honey (about 1 and 1/2 tsp) 
    2. Chicken broth: instead I used 1 cup water with 1tbsp of oil
    3. Also I used ginger paste instead of raw ginger. I would have used garlic paste too but we ran out of it. So for that I followed 2 cloves minced

    Good evening (and salam if any muslim readers here! )
    While I was cooking, I added an extra tablespoon of oil by mistake, assuming it was soy sauce (I had all my ingredients on measuring spoons and cups).

    I feel like this dish is something I will be craving when I get pregnant lol. But till then, I don’t think I will make it in a long time because it is packed with lots of oil due to the substitutions I have to make and also burning of my pan risk. 

    One tip is to pour the chicken before the oil gets hot.

    It turned out good and it was a delight to sprinkle the sesames seed in the end. 

  16. This is my third time making this recipe. Its very flavorful. I do add the honey and orange zest for a bit more flavor. Love this dish. Kids will eat it too.