Healthier General Tso's Chicken in just 30 minutes!
Print

General Tso Chicken Recipe

General Tso’s Chicken is a takeout favorite that I’ve made a bit healthier. It’s just as spicy, sweet, and zesty as your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant makes it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Copycat
Keyword chicken recipe, coycat recipe, easy recipe, takeout recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 490kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!

Ingredients

GENERAL TSO’S SAUCE:

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

CHICKEN AND COATING:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

FOR COOKING:

  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 3 Cups snow peas, trimmed and halved diagonally

FOR SERVING:

  • cooked white or brown rice
  • toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

PREP THE SAUCE:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the warm water and cornstarch. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, grated ginger, and pepper flakes and whisk to combine. Set aside.

PREPARE THE COATING AND COOK THE CHICKEN:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the egg whites, corn starch, salt, and white pepper. Add the chicken pieces and toss until the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
  • In a large heavy skillet over high heat add the oil. Once shimmering, add the chicken mixture to the skillet in an even layer. Cook, without turning the the chicken until the chicken is golden on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip the chicken pieces over and continue cooking until the chicken pieces are golden brown on all sides, about 2 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

COOK THE SAUCE AND PEAS:

  • Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil to the skillet. Once shimmering, add the sauce and snow peas and cook until the peas are bright green and the sauce has thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pan, and stir until the chicken is heated through and evenly coated in the sauce, about 1 minute.

FINISH THE DISH:

  • Serve the chicken over cooked white or brown rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 9.8g | Cholesterol: 168.6mg | Sodium: 712mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 4% | Vitamin C: 5%