General Tso's Chicken (Le Piment Rouge)

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins


Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the best results use skinned deboned legs of capon.
  2. Cut the chicken into pieces no larger than 1 inch square.
  3. Prepare marinade by combining egg white, cornstarch and 1 tablespoon soy sauce in a large bowl.
  4. Add chicken pieces and set aside for two hours.
  5. In a deep pot, heat the oil until it reaches 350 degrees.
  6. In a basket, or with a slotted spoon, lower several marinated chicken pieces into the fat.
  7. Fry about one or two minutes or until the chicken becomes crisp; test for doneness before completing the batch.
  8. Continue until all pieces have been fried.
  9. Set oil and cooked chicken pieces aside.
  10. In a wok, on high heat, reheat two tablespoons of the reserved oil.
  11. Add prepared ginger, scallions, garlic and chili peppers.
  12. Stir to prevent burning.
  13. Add the fried chicken and stir quickly.Add sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and cornstarch mixed with chicken stock.
  14. Remove from the heat and stir sesame oil into the sauce.
  15. Spoon the mixture on to a hot platter and serve immediately with steamed rice.


Most Helpful

What a wonderful recipe! It is not difficult to prepare & the taste & texture is right on, a nice change from similar recipes that use a batter to deep fry the chicken. I did not have soy oil so I used peanut oil to fry cubes of deboned chicken breast. I had to make sure the oil came back up to temperature & the chicken was quite crispy & did not absorb too much oil. This recipe comes from Le Piment Rouge, one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in a beatifully restored former old hotel (Le Windsor) in downtown Montreal. The combination of the crispy, spicy & sweet chicken was pretty much identical to the take out I had a few weeks ago from the real deal but at much less cost!

Jodi B. March 28, 2003

My family and I were a little disappointed with this recipe. This tasted very much of soy sauce and did not crisp up for the chicken. I think that this is a great starter recipe, but it is missing something. I will try giving the marinated chicken a quick toss in a flour and ground ginger mix to help crisp. Also think that the sauce needs a bit of something more.

Ravyn_Silverwing May 29, 2010

General Tso's Chicken has always been a favorite of mine, and this recipe is even better than what I buy at my local Chinese restaraunt. I admit, I went a lil crazy with the pepper, and added more than I should've. Next time I will be following this wonderful recipe EXACTLY lol.

BadJuuJuu June 22, 2009

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