General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

General Tso's can be more than the saccharine, gloopy sauce soaked into flabby, over-breaded chicken to which we've become accustomed. With just a little technique and a little love, the 45-minute wait for this takeout mainstay can be better spent making it yourself.
Adapted from Serious Eats:
+ Ingredients & Shopping List
For the chicken and marinade:
2 egg whites
3 Tbsp dark soy sauce
3 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
3 Tbsp vodka
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
+ For the breading:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp reserved marinade
For the sauce:
4 Tbsp dark soy sauce
4 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 Tbsp chicken stock
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp roasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
6 scallions
4 cloves garlic
2 inch piece of ginger
6-12 arbol chiles (optional)
+ Special equipment:
Large pot deep enough for frying



  • I'm on Hot Ones! Go check it out!

    Binging with BabishBinging with Babish4 aylar önce
    • I find it a crime punishable with jail time if you eat General Tso's chicken without fried rice.

      Nyan CatNyan Cat3 aylar önce
    • You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!

      NiubilityNiubility3 aylar önce
    • Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

      Konnor BaileyKonnor Bailey4 aylar önce
    • instead of alcohol you could use anything tart/sugary.. pineapple juice, grape juice, almond extract,white grape juice... grats on the recovery bro.

      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th SeatSir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat4 aylar önce
    • Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

      fallinangels _fallinangels _4 aylar önce
  • I got two questions for this ep. first what is Jiminy cricket and second, what did u do with those two egg yolks?

    K' birdieK' birdie14 saatler önce
  • Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?

    Michael's EatsMichael's Eats3 gün önce
  • I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.

    TimefliesbyeTimefliesbye4 gün önce
  • Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish

    Garrett RushGarrett Rush5 gün önce
  • I love general tso's but that's biggest complaint is that its rarely any bit spicy. Maybe it's just what I grew up with but I find it not spicy anywhere nowadays.

    Zach BunchZach Bunch5 gün önce
  • Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American

    VisiblurVisiblur5 gün önce
  • What is wrong with using the egg yolk?

    The Imaginary GalleryThe Imaginary Gallery6 gün önce
  • is seasoning rice a thing in america?

    Alex delos ReyesAlex delos Reyes8 gün önce
    • I never have but my grandmother's from Okinawa so seaweed is usually that bit of salt we have with it.

      Zach BunchZach Bunch5 gün önce
  • Chromeo FTW!!!

    G-Unit1111G-Unit11118 gün önce
  • I use this recipe to prepare the chicken and buy the sauce pre-made, one pot of this stuff doesn't last an hour lol 😂😭

    LusaminiLusamini8 gün önce
  • "little bit of kosher salt"

    zuljjinzuljjin8 gün önce
  • Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?

    Ravenous-wolf 311Ravenous-wolf 3119 gün önce
  • Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?

    GameCritic101GameCritic10111 gün önce
  • reasons not to make this at home: dark soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, arbol chiles, roasted sesame oil are all things i can not get at my super market.

    Jim BridgerJim Bridger11 gün önce
    • I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?

      Robbie SRobbie S6 gün önce
    • Go to a different supermarket?

      Diego CervantesDiego Cervantes7 gün önce
    • You don't have an asian market where you live?

      RamRanch DressingRamRanch Dressing9 gün önce
    • Time to hunt them down at the small local places

      Jonathan NealJonathan Neal10 gün önce
  • you are bald but have an amazing beard

    Sammy ZonnaSammy Zonna12 gün önce
  • Shave your beard off asshole.

    Grammar NaziGrammar Nazi13 gün önce
  • I followed this recipe to the exact teaspoon last night (ok, I skipped the salting of the rice and I'm glad I did) and it came out waaaay too salty. The chicken after frying by itself was really crispy and tasty but with the sauce,...holy salt lick! Anyway, I was kinda baffled. The only ingredient I had never used was the Chinese cooking wine. I bought the Shaoxing variety because it was not specified which type to use (and there a few different ones). So I tasted some after the fact,, really salty and kinda harsh. I chose poorly. So, next time I make this there's a variety called Pagoda Shaoxing that I will use with no salt. I will not be denied the delicious homemade General Tso's chicken!

    Billy HughesBilly Hughes14 gün önce
    • @Billy Hughes Thank you very much

      Sir ParkingtonSir Parkington3 gün önce
    • @Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.

      Billy HughesBilly Hughes3 gün önce
    • How many people did would you say it could serve safely? I plan on making this soon for 10 people so I need to know how much to adjust the recipe

      Sir ParkingtonSir Parkington3 gün önce
  • Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅

    Jared BlumeJared Blume15 gün önce
  • Where the fuck is the sesameee

    Alexis RondeauAlexis Rondeau15 gün önce
  • Thank you! I will definitely give this a try. Do you have suggestions for replacements for vodka? (cuz kids, lol). I had no idea vodka was involved in this chicken.

    PintobeanPintobean15 gün önce
  • This looks to be pretty similar to Kenji's recipe....

    Kevin RKevin R16 gün önce
  • I’m not old enough to drink is there a substitute for vodka I could use

    Not Your Average Person 000Not Your Average Person 00017 gün önce
  • To be completely honest I'm surprised he didn't substitute some salt for MSG. He's only said about a billion times over the years that MSG tastes good, and it's a staple in cheap Chinese takeout.

  • What watch is that,,, the blue one it’s banging

  • Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul

    Joshua P.Joshua P.21 gün önce
  • Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.

    Nils R.Nils R.21 gün önce
  • Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.

    HyunTKHyunTK22 gün önce
  • what shit idea of an idea lib tard

    Red RobinRed Robin22 gün önce
  • sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard

    Red RobinRed Robin22 gün önce
  • 100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong

    Red RobinRed Robin22 gün önce
  • I definitely will make it at home but take out only takes 15 minutes max from where im from XD btw also buying your book for my buddy for Christmas. Keep at it :)

    Joseph TretheweyJoseph Trethewey23 gün önce
  • That looks so freaking tasty oml

    SelfProclaimedSirSelfProclaimedSir26 gün önce
  • Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.

    Annika LunsfordAnnika Lunsford27 gün önce
    • stonybear thank you!

      Annika LunsfordAnnika Lunsford22 gün önce
    • potato starch

      randomrandom25 gün önce
  • Thought I'd suprise my gf with this ended up making it with her in the room. But it's an awesome recipe and I'm sure she happy with me making as she got me into your videos. Keep up the great vids.

    Fraser MortonFraser Morton28 gün önce
  • New to the channel and I'm glad I stumbled upon it.. my one qualm is what is babish?? A name? A nickname?? Just curious dont mean any disrespect.

    zack tiveyzack tivey28 gün önce

    Dead SeriousDead Serious29 gün önce
  • Who the hell is waiting 45 min to get chinese takeout?? Love the vid but holy crap i feel bad if you cant get your Chineasy in under 20 min max

    Brandon HaydenBrandon HaydenAylar önce
  • Nice job !

    Bok Choy Troy Cooking ShowBok Choy Troy Cooking ShowAylar önce
  • Asian be : NO ONE PUT SALT IN RICE

    CalcitriolCalcitriolAylar önce
  • I usually don’t comment old videos, but WHAT A GREAT TASTE IN MUSIC Lob u, lob chromeo, lob food

    Carolina SarellanoCarolina SarellanoAylar önce
  • HIM: *add's salt to rice* ASIANS: *gets triggered instantly*

    FDF flagsFDF flagsAylar önce
    • You never put salt on steamed rice. Ever!

      Franz Ares ViernesFranz Ares Viernes8 gün önce
    • At least he didn't put something like mayonnaise on it. 😂😂😂

      Michael HuangMichael HuangAylar önce
  • If you were add chinese chili oil to this recipe where do you think it would fit best?

    BenjaminBenjaminAylar önce
  • You should make the Mac and cheese from bones season 2 episode 20

    Maria JohnsonMaria JohnsonAylar önce
  • i looked up the chromeo song he was dancing too. guys dont do it. horrible music. great recipe babish.

    Barrett DysonBarrett DysonAylar önce
  • Where is the broccoli?

    The Imaginary GalleryThe Imaginary GalleryAylar önce
  • is this recipe going to be in your book? \

    SinfulLegacySinfulLegacyAylar önce
  • Good god😮😮😮😮

    David watsonDavid watsonAylar önce
  • That's a lot of work and ingredients I don't have. Imma just order it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

    nmvp1258nmvp1258Aylar önce
  • TITo's vodka

    Crazy FathamstaCrazy FathamstaAylar önce
  • Love the Rolex!

    Gage KullandGage KullandAylar önce

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  • Ending song please ?

    EL GuapoEL GuapoAylar önce
  • I've never had General Taos

    FourthgirlFourthgirlAylar önce
  • Are you.... are you Ryan Rynolds?

    variabl3variabl3Aylar önce
  • if you’re under 21 what do you recommend for a replacement for the vodka?

    LunaticLunaticAylar önce
    • More Vodka!

      Klaas DannenKlaas DannenAylar önce
  • Made these, but didn't make enough sauce (my own error) but still better than take out

    Mr Arnold C.E.O for Octa-CorpMr Arnold C.E.O for Octa-CorpAylar önce
  • Am I the bad guy for no longer being friends with one of the best people ive known because he didnt like general tsos? He may or may not be buried under my bushes at this moment.

    John MacmillanJohn MacmillanAylar önce
  • No orange ?

    frank datankfrank datankAylar önce
  • Lots of adds. . . sigh

    aaron rumpzaaaron rumpzaAylar önce
  • Most people in the comment section: You don’t season it, you add salt before you cook it, you add olive oil, you add coconut milk, etc. SAME FUCKEN SHIT!!! That’s still seasoning!! Ofc no one in their right mind adds salt after the rice is already cooked but I mean come on!

    EMCEE KaozEMCEE KaozAylar önce
  • Worst way to make rice

    EMCEE KaozEMCEE KaozAylar önce
  • Is it pronounce "general so's" or "general chow" ?

    Jeffrey SalvadorJeffrey SalvadorAylar önce
    • @Jeffrey Salvador i believe so :)

      TatjanaTatjanaAylar önce
    • @Tatjana so what you saying is the world may never know

      Jeffrey SalvadorJeffrey SalvadorAylar önce
    • @Jeffrey Salvador except the dish is entirely american and named after a chinese general whom there's no identifiable connection to. you might argue that the correct pronounciation of the general's name is the correct way to pronounce this dish, but as it's *really* american, the pronounciation might've been faulty to begin with - and nobody knows where it truly originated from in the US.

      TatjanaTatjanaAylar önce
    • @Tatjana theres gotta be a definite way. I count the T as silent and say general so's

      Jeffrey SalvadorJeffrey SalvadorAylar önce
    • Jeffrey Salvador either ‚soo‘ or ‚taoo‘, as far as I’ve heard it

      TatjanaTatjanaAylar önce
  • Is the General Tso's Chicken considered as a Karaage? Or are there a differences about them?

    BimBimBimBimAylar önce
  • Mouth watering

    Randomwhiteguy U.K.Randomwhiteguy U.K.Aylar önce
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    BR4s5m0nkeyBR4s5m0nkeyAylar önce
  • Wow very nice food..!!! You ar from Greece....?? What is the song in the end of th video..??

    Street Brands StyleStreet Brands StyleAylar önce
  • Clean plate club or no?

    David WickeDavid WickeAylar önce
  • Did he say season the rice?

    TwoFiftySixTwoFiftySixAylar önce
  • What’s the deal with kosher salt? I can’t believe that a rabbi blessing the salt improves the taste. Is kosher salt special before its blessed? I’ve never heard a recipe outside of America calling for kosher salt so what’s the secret?

    Thomas StewartThomas StewartAylar önce
    • Thanks for your feedback. It seems like Kosher salt is what call sea salt. Do Americans use the term sea salt to describe coarse salt with irregular shape?

      Thomas StewartThomas StewartAylar önce
    • @horacefarbuckle it's called kosher salt because it draws out the blood.

      sasukedemon8sasukedemon8Aylar önce
    • It's called kosher salt not because it is itself kosher, but because it's traditionally the kind of salt used for koshering (the process of salting meat to draw out, I dunno, evil spirits or something). Professionals like it because the grind size makes it easier to dispense by hand than granulated salt. Other than that, it's just salt. No blessings, no taste difference.

      horacefarbucklehoracefarbuckleAylar önce
General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish