General Tso-ish Chicken

Tender chicken in a Chinese sweet and spicy sauce.


As our hankering for Chinese food continues, so does my desire to recreate healthier versions of our favorite meals at home.  The easiest way to do that is to skip the fried meat and replace it with sauteed instead – don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fried food – but I also like to eat healthy and save my calories for a nice glass of wine or craft beer… So I compromise and skip the Chinese food that has fried chicken – like General Tso chicken has.  But believe me, the swap is still tasty and the calories you’ll save might get you two glasses of wine 🙂

This recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes so you can get a warm meal on your table on those busy evenings!  Serve this chicken with a side of white rice or my Fried Rice, and it’s even great with quinoa.  I also like to throw in some steamed broccoli or water chestnuts when we’re in the mood.

General Tso-ish Chicken

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant garlic
  • ¼ – ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ tbsp. corn starch
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  1. In a medium saute pan, heat oil over medium-high and saute chicken until no longer pink, about 5 minutes
  2. While chicken is cooking whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, pepper flakes, ginger, water and corn starch.
  3. Pour into chicken and cook on medium heat until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes, string occasionally.
  4. Just before serving, toss in the green onion.

Recipe Notes:

  • Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your taste.
  • You can easily sub the same amount of shrimp or pork for the chicken, beef would work well too I’m sure.

Prep Time:  5 minutes     Total Time:  20 minutes     Servings:  4

Estimated Calories per Serving – based on 4 servings – 260.


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