Tom's General Tso's Chicken

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This isn't quite like the original, but it's my take on it. I would consider it a bit healthier than what you're served at a Chinese restaurant because there is no breading and deep-frying involved. I've never really used measurements before, so I'll do my best. As a result, you should season it to your tastes! (I prefer mine to be quite spicy)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Save yourself a little time and chop the all the garlic and ginger when you make the marinade!
  2. Mix together the chili peppers, 1 tbsp ginger, 1 clove garlic, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil in a wok until sugar is dissolved. Heat it up a little just to make sure sugar is totally dissolved. Let it cool for a couple minutes.
  3. Put the chicken and broccoli into a large bowl and coat it with the flour.
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and broccoli; mix to coat, and marinate for at least 15 minutes but no longer than 2 hours.
  5. Heat wok over high heat until very hot and add the oil.
  6. Working quickly add the ginger, garlic, chili (optional), sugar, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar and stir to combine.
  7. Add the chicken and broccoli in the wok along with the marinade and continue to cook until the chicken is brown (about 1-2 minutes).
  8. Once the chicken is brown, add the tomato paste and water (or broth) and stir it until the tomato paste is incorporated.
  9. Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, until chicken is done and sauce has thickened.
  10. Taste the sauce and season to taste with more soy, vinegar, sugar, chiles, etc --
  11. Serve with rice.


Most Helpful

We enjoyed this, a good dish and easily prepared. I didn't add the broccoli, but otherwise, followed the recipe. My only reservation, a bit salty for our taste, even tho there is no added salt in the recipe! BUT we eat virtually no salt, I think maybe the soy sauce and the chicken broth just ended up a little salty for us. Personal preference. Otherwise, very good, thank you for the recipe!! Made for I Recommnd Tag Game.

Karen Elizabeth January 27, 2010

Great dish!!!!!!!!!My nephew loves General Tso's chicken, when I found this it was terrific. I didn't have any red chilis, so I used Sambal Olek, powdered ginger, but everything else was the same. I used chicken tenders cut into chunks. Even though I made some subtitutes, it still was great. Made for I Recommend Tag. Will make this again.

mightyro_cooking4u September 24, 2009

Delicious chicken, nice and spicy! The chicken had a very nice flavor and I liked the fact that it was not breaded. I used 2 T of flour but my sauce came out a little thick so I'll use less next time. Thanks for posting this yummy recipe!

loof April 28, 2008

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