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Baked General Tso's Chicken is a saucy, savoury, sweet, spicy Chinese-American takeout favourite made healthier with baked chicken, not fried. |

General Tso's Chicken

  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings


Baked General Tso's Chicken is a saucy, savoury, sweet, and spicy Chinese-American takeout favourite made healthier with baked chicken, not deep-fried.



  • 1 lb. chicken thighs or breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or cornstarch)
  • cooking oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (for garnish)


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine (or mirin)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2-3 dried red chili peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 green onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or all-purpose flour)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Pat dry the chicken completely with paper towel and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place into a medium mixing bowl and season with salt, pepper and oil. Toss well to combine and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  3. In a large ziploc bag, add flour and cubed chicken. Seal the bag and shake well to coat evenly.
  4. Place coated chicken on a large half sheet baking pan lined with parchment paper. Lightly spray the chicken with cooking spray oil to help create a crispy crust on the outside.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Set aside on a plate after baking.
  6. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients until sugar and cornstarch is fully combined.
  7. In a shallow saucepan or wok, heat the sauce over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Keep stirring until thickened to a desired consistency. Add the baked chicken and toss well to coat. 
  8. Garnish with sesame seeds on top and serve immediately with a bowl of steamed rice or fried rice.


How to serve: Serve General Tso's chicken over a bowl of steamed rice, fried rice, or noodles. For a complete Chinese meal, pair it with Beef Potstickers, Chinese Garlic Cucumber SaladAir Fryer Vegetable Stir Fry, and Steamed Buns.

How to store: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, heat on the stove over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. If the sauce has thickened up too much in the refrigerator, add some water when reheating.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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