General Tso's chicken

General Tso's chicken


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About this recipe: General's Tso's chicken or General Tao's chicken is available in many upscale Chinese restaurants. However, it's not a Chinese dish. It was invented in America. It still tastes and is made in a way that Chinese/Schezwan dishes are made.

neerajbhople Maharashtra, India

Serves: 4 

  • Marinade
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped root ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons medium dry sherry
  • 500g boneless chicken, cubed
  • oil for frying
  • 10 dried red chillies
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:20min marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Mix marinade ingredients. Add chicken, stir well and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce (except sherry). Set aside.
  3. Heat some oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and add to the pan. Stir fry the chicken pieces till no longer pink in the centre. Remove from pan and dry off the excess oil on kitchen paper.
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok. Heat it and add the dry red chilli. Cook for 1 minute, then add onions and cook for a further 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, add sherry to the sauce and mix well. Add sauce to the wok and mix continuously, ensuring the cornflour doesn't stick to the pan. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with fried rice.


1. If you don't have soy sauce, use salt to enhance the taste
2. 500g of bone-in chicken becomes about 350g boneless
3. To make more gravy, mix equal amount of water and sherry and put some soy sauce as well
4. Put the sherry in the sauce as late as possible. It evaporates quickly
5. Sake can also be used instead of sherry. The taste differs a little

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- 20 Nov 2012

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