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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! //
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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!

5 from 4 votes

General Tsos Chicken Recipe

30 Minutes or Less 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This General Tsos Chicken Recipe brings a favorite take-out dish home! So quick and easy and ready in less than 30 minutes!


  • 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 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.

Nutritional Information

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

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Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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Recipe Review


  1. 5 stars
    Huge fan of this take-out meal. Can not wait to try this recipe at home. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    A great, fast and fantastic tasting meal! Next time I think I will use half the honey and a bit more soy sauce as mine came out just a touch sweet for my liking. But still fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    I love General Tsos Chicken and this healthier version did not disappoint. I made it exactly as per the directions and it turned out perfect. So far I haven’t been disappointed with any of your healthier take on take out food. Thanks!!!

  4. 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. 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!