Easy General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

This is the most simple and easy homemade general tso’s chicken recipe, packed with flavor, and a savory sauce over delicious crispy fried chicken.

I come from a large family and my aunt makes this delicious general chicken that tastes just like Chinese restaurants takeout. It’s a staple at our family gatherings and one of my favorite dishes, the chicken comes out so crispy, coated with delicious sweet sauce. Clearly, we love Chinese food in our house.

I am a mom and love easy and simple recipes that can feed my family. If you are craving take out general chicken that is bursting with flavor, I have a great recipe for you.

How to make General Tso’s Chicken at home?

Cooking used to intimate me, but I’ve learned that preparation is the key. First, prepare and measure your ingredients.

Start with prepping your chicken. For this recipe, we’re going to use chicken thighs, but you can also use chicken breast, wash and dry your chicken thighs with paper towels, then cut the chicken into 1inch cubes.

Then prepare a bowl with half a cup of white all-purpose flour and half a  cup of corn starch.

Heat up a large skillet or frying pan and coat the pan with cooking oil (I prefer avocado oil). Then drench your chicken in the bowl with flour, shaking off excess flour, and cook it in the frying pan on medium high heat, until golden brown. Don’t overcrowd the frying pan or your chicken will clump up together.

How to make General  Tso Sauce.

This is the easiest part of this general chicken recipe all you do is measure your ingredients and whisk the sauce mixture together in a medium bowl.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of water

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of chicken base ( you can also use better than bouillon chicken base).

Pour your tangy sauce into the frying pan with the crispy chicken pieces and let it simmer on medium heat for a few minutes, and you are done. I told you this would be the easiest General Tso’s chicken recipe.

This recipe is usually served with white rice or ramen noodles and pairs nicely with steamed broccoli. For extra flavor, you can sprinkle sesame seeds and garnish with green onions.

Easy general tso chicken recipe with homemade general tso sauce



This general tso’s chicken recipe is kid-friendly, especially if you have picky eaters, but if you like the heat, you can certainly add red pepper flakes for a spicy sauce.

Store your homemade general tso’s chicken in an airtight container in a fridge for up to 3 days.

General Tso's Chicken Recipe

Homemade General Chicken Tso's Recipe, delicous Chinese take out recipe.
Servings 6


  • 1.5 lb chicken thighs
  • 0.50 cup white all purpose flour
  • 0.50 cup corn starch

General Tso Sauce

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chicken base or better than bouillon chicken roasted


  • 1. Wash, dry and cut your chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes.
    2. Prepare a bowl with corn start and flour.
    3. Heat up a frying pan with oil. Drench your chicken in the bowl with flour, shaking off excess flour, and cook in the frying pain until golden brown.
    4. In a saucepan combine and whisk all the ingredients to make the General Tso Sauce (ingredients mentioned above).
    5. Pour the sauce into the frying pan with chicken and let it simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Serve on a bed of rice and Enjoy!


Don't overcrowd the frying pan while cooking the chicken, or your chicken will clump up together. 
This recipe is kid-friendly, if you would like you can certainly add red pepper flakes into the sauce for the spice. 
For extra flavor, you can garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. 
Keyword Chinese Food, General Tso Chicken, General Tso's Sauce






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