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

      NiubilityNiubility13 gün önce
    • Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

      Konnor BaileyKonnor Bailey22 gün 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 Seat23 gün önce
    • Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

      fallinangels _fallinangels _23 gün önce
    • Now go to cold ones

      Vibudh SharmaVibudh Sharma23 gün önce
  • How do I keep the sauce from being too salty? I've made it twice and the taste was just ridiculously overwhelming

    AnimeCrusaderAnimeCrusader2 saatler önce
  • I wish u were my dad

    TechnicalDarkTechnicalDark4 saatler önce
  • ......he seasoned the rice......... 👀

    MiscMisc16 saatler önce
  • What if we've been fatally injured. Can we still make this?

    Repeal the Hart-Celler act of 1965Repeal the Hart-Celler act of 1965Gün önce
  • Season the rice?!? SEASON THE RICE?!?!

    Red LadyRed LadyGün önce
  • "Season the rice-" I'm sorry but WHAT THE FUCK

    LAC ClemontLAC ClemontGün önce
  • Have you tried making rice by boiling it like you would pasta?

    Michael KalbowMichael KalbowGün önce
  • Andrew: *puts salt in the rice* My inner Asian: *NOOOOO*

    d.ronzo17d.ronzo17Gün önce
  • OMG that looks good and you made it look so easy

    AkivaranAkivaranGün önce
  • What do you think about a BLTPizza? Too easy? I can try something else.

    IMC Pilot Michael BellIMC Pilot Michael Bell2 gün önce
  • I dont get the vodka. the ethanol gasses off and leaves water and whatever else unknown impurity.

    Sho Yu WeeniSho Yu Weeni2 gün önce
    • helps penetrate the meat

      papa spookspapa spooks2 gün önce
  • Wait where did the reserve marinade come from??

    Luke HaaveLuke Haave3 gün önce
  • The sauce came out very dark compared to the one in your video. Maybe the soy sauce was too dark?

    etheth888etheth8883 gün önce
    • He didn't use dark in the vid.

      anthony gonzoanthony gonzoGün önce
  • That's Lee Kum Kee light Soy Sauce not dark soy sauce

    Julian PaulJulian Paul3 gün önce
  • Can't get this dish in the North on England. Tried it in America, and loved it. You've inspired me to make it at home 🤞

    JordanJordan3 gün önce
    • Let us know how it turns out! I'm staunchly against home deep-frying (fairly dangerous and excessively wasteful) so I won't do this myself, but give it a shot!

      Swish FishSwish FishGün önce
  • I was like oh yeah im gona make this.. Looks at all the ingredients - looks at the fridge.. Yea im not gona make this..

    fan boi 101fan boi 1014 gün önce
  • Made this tonight ! It was delish !!! Even with me not finding the right cooking wine lol

    KansasGuy 2012KansasGuy 20124 gün önce
  • Never had an order of General's chicken - i tend to go for the more authentic dishes.

    Brad ViviviyalBrad Viviviyal4 gün önce
  • This is wrong, everyone knows they use the general's toes and not chicken! Sacrilege!

    Matt S.Matt S.5 gün önce
  • This man makes bread from scratch!!!!!! But made Uncle Ben's rice you have to put salt on after it's cooked what kind of world does he live in 😂

    izzy sanizzy san5 gün önce
  • How on earth did i get to this vid from watching gaming vids???

    XxSchwarz500xXXxSchwarz500xX5 gün önce
  • If I wanted to make this for a family dinner should I triple or double the ingredients

    Ricardo HuezoRicardo Huezo5 gün önce
  • Did you just season rice

    이진민이진민6 gün önce
  • So I’ve been meaning to ask this. Your knife skills are great but why do you keep changing the way you hold your knife and why do you hold the thing you’re cutting the way you do leaving you fingers vulnerable to cutting

    Justin KearlJustin Kearl6 gün önce
  • Is this a the American version of Salt and Pepper chicken?

    MadmerlinedMadmerlined7 gün önce
  • Oh hey I have the same knife you used to cut the chicken. Sadly my parents abuse the crap out of it and get upset when I ask them to not leave it in the sink in a pile of cutlery and then guess who's responsibility it is to get the inevitable edge damage fixed.

    Magmafrost13Magmafrost137 gün önce
  • Unpopular opinion I love General Tsos chicken, that mf knew how to cook

    Weird GuyWeird Guy8 gün önce
  • Is there anything I could replace the vodka with? I love vodka but the person I want to cook this for can't have any alcohol at all

    ErnestErnest8 gün önce
    • Ernest The alcohol boils away while cooking all that’s left is the flavor that the vodka brought to the sauce

      Trunks Vegeta BriefsTrunks Vegeta Briefs6 gün önce
  • 45 mins for take out? The magic time for Chinese take out is 15 minutes.....

    Patrick BarberPatrick Barber9 gün önce
  • Look at the portion. Looks like 4000kcal

    문재인문재인9 gün önce
  • What war did General Tso fight in? His army must have been well fed

    EnzoCroftEnzoCroft10 gün önce
  • It's not general tso's unless it has 2 pieces of steamed broccoli

    e135789e13578911 gün önce
    • No more, no less.

      Jake AlexanderJake Alexander6 gün önce
  • Can you do Kung pao chicken

    Ben JenkinsBen Jenkins11 gün önce
  • This nigga seasoned the rice ON the plate

    Giovani PabloGiovani Pablo11 gün önce
  • That looks fabulous 😍 wait you cook your rice in the oven? 🥺

    FitAngieFitAngie12 gün önce
  • I do not want to be associated with anyone who thinks that General Tso's chicken can be "too saucy".

    Corbin WilsonCorbin Wilson13 gün önce
  • Wow! Looks beautiful

    KillerTacosKillerTacos13 gün önce
  • 3:17 You mention letting flavors get to know each other in at least half the videos you make. You should really consider doing a video on making gormeh shabzi. A terrific Persian stew that goes from great to phenomenal after sitting in the fridge for a day, if it ever lasts that long.

    Lee SharpnackLee Sharpnack13 gün önce
  • marry me babish. right now. LOL

    R JR J13 gün önce
  • I tried to do this myself and it did not go well

    sad boisad boi14 gün önce
  • I’m from AZ what is a general Tsao🤣👏 I mean what I got here is Bamboo Terrace and Panda express😢🤣

    Rodolfo LiraRodolfo Lira15 gün önce
  • Am so mad this guy is out here eating his own good coocking i wish this guy was my dad

    Jeannick AugusmarJeannick Augusmar15 gün önce
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    fAm sQuadfAm sQuad15 gün önce
  • Not sure if you've done Stranger than Fiction yet

    Isaac SlaughterIsaac Slaughter15 gün önce
  • I have never heard of this place

    Vault DwellerVault Dweller15 gün önce
  • Two shots of vodka

    Elizabeth MatthewsElizabeth Matthews15 gün önce
  • Thanks for making the distinction of it being chinese american at the beginning

    midnightjester36midnightjester3615 gün önce
  • Uncle Sam knows who to hire as chef now.

    danktowerdanktower15 gün önce
  • Hears a dbz reference *heavy breathing*

    Jēmusu ShizaoJēmusu Shizao15 gün önce
  • Why would you use white meat.

    ya boiya boi15 gün önce
  • I freaking hate scallions, always a pain in the butt to recreate recipes as seemingly EVERYTHING needs scallions xD

    Smoola :3Smoola :315 gün önce
  • So, I've been watching Babish videos for a few weeks now, and this was my first ever attempt at making one of the recipes. It went amazingly well and I impressed someone with it so much that they've started watching Babish videos! Thank you Babish for giving me new recipes to try out and to help improve upon my cooking skills!

    Tristan BoydTristan Boyd16 gün önce
  • Greetings from Canada! Your food videos are just plain awesome! Thesedays, people like myself like to find ways to save money on cooking our own food (rather than eating out or having food delivered). Your videos are a "catalyst" on providing ideas on what to make while saving a lot of dough (pun intended)!

    Simon TonekhamSimon Tonekham16 gün önce
  • Get a rice cooker for Cheez-it’s sake.

    Un-Named TruckerUn-Named Trucker16 gün önce
    • I'm with you, dude!!

      Simon TonekhamSimon Tonekham16 gün önce
  • Made this today after work, really nice recipe, thank you. I suppose this falls under the "dirty chicken" -category of food, and it's great to know how easily this kind of hangover treat is achievable at home.

    Hannu SoiniHannu Soini16 gün önce
  • BIG THANKS Babish - I made this tonight and it was one of the best dishes I've ever prepared!! Far better than any takeout I've ever gotten, the trick about mixing the marinade in with the flour mix is genius!!

    Ross CarlsonRoss Carlson16 gün önce
  • I made it and it was amazing. Best general tsos I've ever had. I don't think I can eat this in a restaurant anymore.

    Bit ChonBit Chon17 gün önce
  • You put the rice in the oven? The hell

    ClarityClarity17 gün önce
  • This is sesame chicken right

    Matt Daniel TVMatt Daniel TV17 gün önce
  • babish! what happened to the reserve sauce?

    kidgirth69kidgirth6917 gün önce
  • shouldve double fried the chicken to make it even crispier, courtesy of maangchi of course :)

    dazzlerflowerdazzlerflower17 gün önce
    • She is the best!

      M8541ReaperM8541Reaper13 gün önce
  • appetizers?

    Thedarkinsignia *last name missing*Thedarkinsignia *last name missing*17 gün önce
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    Rose CalhoonRose Calhoon17 gün önce
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    Katana VlogsKatana Vlogs18 gün önce
  • I made this recipe today! It took me an awful lot longer than 40 minutes, but the results were delicious. I don't know if my dark soy sauce was abnormally strong or what, but the final sauce was a little too salty. Next time I would probably use only 1T dark soy sauce and sub low sodium regular soy sauce for the other 2T.

    Ellen AndersonEllen Anderson18 gün önce
  • Well it took us (2 people) 1.5 hours and two beers for our first attempt. We might be able to get down to 45 minutes with enough practice. It was soooooo tasty. We will definitely make again.

    Low BatteryLow Battery18 gün önce
  • I can't be the only one who would love to see a Babish and Kenji collaboration, can I?

    Jay QuintanaJay Quintana18 gün önce
  • This recipe is FREAKING fantastic! I'm currently on a quest to move to more plant-based meals so I tried this with cauliflower instead of chicken and it was super amazing!!!! Do you have any thoughts on a replacement for the egg in the marinade?

    Serendipity WyrdSerendipity Wyrd18 gün önce
  • All Europeans and Americans including Oceanians and west asians, pls you dont season the rice unless you want to turn into a fatass.

    Jun Daniel Gyu Lee KimJun Daniel Gyu Lee Kim18 gün önce
General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish