General Tsos Chicken Recipe


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This General Tsos Chicken Recipe brings a favorite take-out dish home! So easy to prepare and ready in less than 30 minutes!

This General Tsos Chicken Recipe brings a favorite take-out dish home! So quick and easy and ready in less than 30 minutes! //

One of my absolutely favorite take-out dishes is General Tso’s Chicken. There’s just something about that spicy kick from the sauce with the chicken that I crave from time to time.

But generally, whenever I order take-out, I don’t feel my best afterwards. I’m not sure if it is the amount of sodium in the dish or preservatives, but as much as I love it while I’m eating it, I regret it soon afterward.

So, I decided to make it myself at home a few years back instead. I knew the major flavor profile and could figure out the ingredients and set about figuring out how to make a dish I love without dreading the headache and swollen feeling that followed. My other goal? Make it healthier so that I could feel good about feeding it to my family, too!

I decided to skip the step of frying the chicken in cornstarch and oil and just saute the chicken instead. I don’t miss the fried and it saves a whole lot of time in making my homemade General Tso’s Chicken.

Speaking of time? I can have my version on the table faster than we can order in from our local Chinese delivery.

Now, how cool is that?

Here’s how I make my homemade General Tso’s Chicken Recipe. I hope you love it, too!

General Tsos Chicken Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This General Tsos Chicken Recipe brings a favorite take-out dish home! So quick and easy and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 red chili peppers, minced (deseeded for less heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce , or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 green onions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  • Drizzle olive oil into large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in chili peppers, garlic, and onion and cook until fragrant and the onions are tender, about 3 more minutes.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey and cook until thick and reduced, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in green onions and serve.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. Ken says:

    I made this General Tso’s Chicken recipe along with the Lo Mein recipe last night because Robyn promised no hangover from toxic ingredients.These dishes are amazing!!! I have to watch what I eat and the ingredients in these dishes are fresh and clean. I love the blog and always look forward to my email updates.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      This made me smile, Ken! I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed the dishes! I’m thrilled that you enjoy getting the emails and hope you continue to find recipes you enjoy here. Thanks so much!

    2. Jennifer McDonald says:

      what kind of red pepper did you use ? fresh -Dried