No Nonsense Recipes

Easy General Tso’s Chicken

December 14, 2017


  • 1 lb chicken thighs cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

    For the sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp  rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch


  1. Toss the chicken thighs with the quarter cup of cornstarch and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and mix the sauce together.
  2. Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar and tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Add the chicken to a pan with the oil and fry until crispy.
  4. Remove chicken from the pan and carefully drain all but a tablespoon of the oil.  Add the chili flakes, ginger and garlic.
  5. Cook, stirring constantly, until you smell the garlic (about 30 seconds).
  6. Add in the chicken and toss, then add in the sauce.
  7. Stir until thickened, about 30 seconds to a minute.
  8. Serve immediately.

My comments:

I double everything.  I also frequently use boneless chicken breast instead of thighs because my husband prefers it.  I use about 1/2 inch of oil in my frying pan and since I double the meat, it can take a while to get crispy and slightly browned.  Don’t take it out too soon!  Let it get a little brown for the best texture and taste (in my opinion.)

Steam up some rice and broccoli to go with it for a delicious and easy weeknight dinner!

I love this recipe because it’s pretty fast for weeknight food and makes few dirty dishes.  I do a lot of stir fries because I love the flavors and I love the easy clean up.  Enjoy!!!



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