General Tsao's Chicken

Recipe: General Tsao’s Chicken


  • Sauce: 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1+1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1+1/2 tsp minced ginger root
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cooking wine
  • 1+1/2 cup hot chicken broth
  • 1 tsp monosodium glutamate (optional)
  • Meat: 3 lbs deboned dark chicken meat, cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil for deep−frying
  • 2 cups sliced green onions
  • 16 small dried hot peppers


  1. Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch with water. Add garlic, ginger, sugar, 1/2 cup soy sauce, vinegar, wine, chicken broth and MSG (if desired). Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until needed. In separate bowl, mix chicken, 1/4 cup soy sauce and white pepper. Stir in egg.
  2. Add 1 cup cornstarch and mix until chicken pieces are coated evenly. Add cup of vegetable oil to help separate chicken pieces. Divide chicken into small quantities and deep−fry at 350 degrees until crispy. Drain on paper towels. Place a small amount of oil in wok and heat until wok is hot.
  3. Add onions and peppers and stir−fry briefly. Stir sauce and add to wok. Place chicken in sauce and cook until sauce thickens.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: snack

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)