General Tao Chicken

General Tao Chicken

Mel 4

"Great chicken that tastes the same as the one served in the Chinese restaurants, without the deep frying. Serve on steamed jasmine or basmati rice."


50 m servings 522 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 522 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 26.8 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.5g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 35.1 g
  • 70%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 148 mg
  • 49%
  • Sodium:
  • 1055 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Coat the chicken pieces with 1/4 cup of cornstarch; set aside.
  2. Beat the eggs, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the flour and baking powder until no large lumps remain. Mix in the chicken until evenly coated.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Drop in the chicken pieces; cook until golden brown and no longer pink on the inside, about 12 minutes. Set the chicken aside; keep warm.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and stir in the sesame oil, ginger, and green onion. Cook and stir until the onion is limp and the ginger begins to brown, about 1 minute. Pour in the water, vinegar, and sugar; bring to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce and add to the simmering vinegar along with the oyster sauce and ketchup. Stir until the sauce has thickened and is no longer cloudy. Stir in the chicken and simmer until hot.
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I have been searching for THE General Tso (Tao) Chicken recipe, and have tried numerous recipes to no avail. This one still was not quite it, but with some changes it was the closest I've come y...

Incredible!! Followed the recipe and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks so much!

Oh My Gosh! I love this recipe. I followed RDean's ideas and changed things like him/her. I added 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli and 1can of sliced waterchestnuts. RDean said to use 2tbs of crushed ...

This took a long time to make and it is not even close to General Tao chicken. The sauce is sour and the taste of ketchup is too strong. Will not make again. However, the breaded chicken taste p...

Followed the recipe exactly. I've got to say, I'm a little puzzled. I'm a huge fan of the restaurant versions of this dish I've had. This tastes nothing like them. The texture of the chicken ...

This was delicious!!! I put the sauce in a side dish because I knew my little kids wouldn't try it with the sauce. But the pieces of chicken on their own were super yummy as well and the kids c...

This tasted great! Definitely took way longer than 50min... but perhaps that's because I'm new to the recipe. Made a few changes based on recommendations. -Added a can of water chestnuts. -...

Really good. I didn't have oyster sauce and substituted purple onion for the green. Also added freshly chopped garlic. Would recommend adding the chicken only when the oil is very hot to obta...

my boyfriend said that if I had told him I got this from our favorite Chinese takeout place, he would have believed me. Enough said!! :)