General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

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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: www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/04/the-best-general-tsos-chicken-food-lab-chinese-recipe.html
+ 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


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Jul 18, 2019

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Niubility 9 days ago
You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!
Konnor Bailey
Konnor Bailey 18 days ago
Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning
Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat
instead of alcohol you could use anything tart/sugary.. pineapple juice, grape juice, almond extract,white grape juice... grats on the recovery bro.
fallinangels _
fallinangels _ 19 days ago
Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?
Vibudh Sharma
Vibudh Sharma 19 days ago
Now go to cold ones
Jordan 2 hours ago
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 🤞
fan boi 101
fan boi 101 7 hours ago
I was like oh yeah im gona make this.. Looks at all the ingredients - looks at the fridge.. Yea im not gona make this..
KansasGuy 2012
KansasGuy 2012 12 hours ago
Made this tonight ! It was delish !!! Even with me not finding the right cooking wine lol
Brad Viviviyal
Brad Viviviyal 15 hours ago
Never had an order of General's chicken - i tend to go for the more authentic dishes.
Matt S.
Matt S. Day ago
This is wrong, everyone knows they use the general's toes and not chicken! Sacrilege!
izzy san
izzy san Day ago
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 😂
XxSchwarz500xX 2 days ago
How on earth did i get to this vid from watching gaming vids???
Ricardo Huezo
Ricardo Huezo 2 days ago
If I wanted to make this for a family dinner should I triple or double the ingredients
이진민 2 days ago
Did you just season rice
Justin Kearl
Justin Kearl 2 days ago
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
Madmerlined 3 days ago
Is this a the American version of Salt and Pepper chicken?
Magmafrost13 4 days ago
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.
Weird Guy
Weird Guy 4 days ago
Unpopular opinion I love General Tsos chicken, that mf knew how to cook
Ernest 5 days ago
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
Trunks Vegeta Briefs
Ernest The alcohol boils away while cooking all that’s left is the flavor that the vodka brought to the sauce
Patrick Barber
Patrick Barber 5 days ago
45 mins for take out? The magic time for Chinese take out is 15 minutes.....
문재인 5 days ago
Look at the portion. Looks like 4000kcal
EnzoCroft 6 days ago
What war did General Tso fight in? His army must have been well fed
e135789 7 days ago
It's not general tso's unless it has 2 pieces of steamed broccoli
Jake Alexander
Jake Alexander 2 days ago
No more, no less.
Ben Jenkins
Ben Jenkins 7 days ago
Can you do Kung pao chicken
Giovani Pablo
Giovani Pablo 8 days ago
This nigga seasoned the rice ON the plate
FitAngie 9 days ago
That looks fabulous 😍 wait you cook your rice in the oven? 🥺
Corbin Wilson
Corbin Wilson 9 days ago
I do not want to be associated with anyone who thinks that General Tso's chicken can be "too saucy".
KillerTacos 9 days ago
Wow! Looks beautiful
Lee Sharpnack
Lee Sharpnack 9 days ago
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.
R J 10 days ago
marry me babish. right now. LOL
sad boi
sad boi 10 days ago
I tried to do this myself and it did not go well
Rodolfo Lira
Rodolfo Lira 11 days ago
I’m from AZ what is a general Tsao🤣👏 I mean what I got here is Bamboo Terrace and Panda express😢🤣
Jeannick Augusmar
Jeannick Augusmar 11 days ago
Am so mad this guy is out here eating his own good coocking i wish this guy was my dad
fAm sQuad
fAm sQuad 11 days ago
Basic with babish Chowmein
Isaac Slaughter
Isaac Slaughter 11 days ago
Not sure if you've done Stranger than Fiction yet
Vault Dweller
Vault Dweller 11 days ago
I have never heard of this place
Elizabeth Matthews
Elizabeth Matthews 11 days ago
Two shots of vodka
midnightjester36 11 days ago
Thanks for making the distinction of it being chinese american at the beginning
danktower 11 days ago
Uncle Sam knows who to hire as chef now.
Jēmusu Shizao
Jēmusu Shizao 12 days ago
Hears a dbz reference *heavy breathing*
ya boi
ya boi 12 days ago
Why would you use white meat.
Smoola :3
Smoola :3 12 days ago
I freaking hate scallions, always a pain in the butt to recreate recipes as seemingly EVERYTHING needs scallions xD
Tristan Boyd
Tristan Boyd 12 days ago
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!
Simon Tonekham
Simon Tonekham 12 days ago
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)!
Un-Named Trucker
Un-Named Trucker 12 days ago
Get a rice cooker for Cheez-it’s sake.
Simon Tonekham
Simon Tonekham 12 days ago
I'm with you, dude!!
Hannu Soini
Hannu Soini 12 days ago
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.
Ross Carlson
Ross Carlson 13 days ago
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!!
Bit Chon
Bit Chon 13 days ago
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.
Clarity 13 days ago
You put the rice in the oven? The hell
Matt Daniel TV
Matt Daniel TV 13 days ago
This is sesame chicken right
kidgirth69 13 days ago
babish! what happened to the reserve sauce?
dazzlerflower 13 days ago
shouldve double fried the chicken to make it even crispier, courtesy of maangchi of course :)
M8541Reaper 9 days ago
She is the best!
Rose Calhoon
Rose Calhoon 13 days ago
Do tuwo shinkafa from Amazon’s The Tick
Katana Vlogs
Katana Vlogs 14 days ago
Cookie omlete from Tuca and Bertie
Ellen Anderson
Ellen Anderson 14 days ago
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.
Low Battery
Low Battery 14 days ago
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.
Jay Quintana
Jay Quintana 15 days ago
I can't be the only one who would love to see a Babish and Kenji collaboration, can I?
Serendipity Wyrd
Serendipity Wyrd 15 days ago
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?
Jun Daniel Gyu Lee Kim
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 Kim
Asia in a nutshell Breakfast=Rice Lunch=Rice Dinner=RICE I am sick of this. Also you dont season the rice. Not east asian. Steam. Water. Rice. *** i hate rice pls save me.
Ligierthegreensun 15 days ago
What happened to the other half of the marinade that was saved for a special purpose?
Falbere! 15 days ago
as a chinese person im now very confused. is this a chinese dish...? i've never seen nor heard of this type of "chinese food".
Christoffer 15 days ago
I made this dish yesterday and it blew my mind.
Charles Brooks
Charles Brooks 15 days ago
I’m gonna make this and the fried rice you made (minus the shrimp)
okay what
okay what 15 days ago
You are officially the VSauce that makes his own sauce
ANITABOWDEN27 15 days ago
Make a Good Burger from the movie Good Burger. Don't forget Kels Secret Sauce!
Mary Botelho
Mary Botelho 15 days ago
Could you make a video of the desserts from Death Note? 😁
Tuggleworm 7 days ago
Mary Botelho no please
bolle burn
bolle burn 15 days ago
The day the usa goes metric is the day i cook this
Cowestroyer 16 days ago
sew many hobbies
sew many hobbies 16 days ago
When will the next episode of "my big bois need their nomnoms"? 😁
Perspektywiczny Zieliński FanTalentuMłodegoZiela
Good recreation of general tso but i still prefer this one from "School of Wok" channel, its simpler and still delicious.
The Gentle Giant
The Gentle Giant 16 days ago
Hearing that Andrew likes Chromeo was the best part of this video.
Ender Dragon
Ender Dragon 16 days ago
My biggest complaint with most General Tso chicken is it is almost never spicy enough.
LetsGetRusty 16 days ago
You are the bob ross of cooking.
Ajai01niner 17 days ago
AD AM 17 days ago
Why would you put salt on rice?
Nicholas Daw
Nicholas Daw 17 days ago
You forgot msg
BOB Wilson
BOB Wilson 17 days ago
I don’t know why but I laugh every time at 3:59 when he says “Oh cheese and crackers”
Me Not u
Me Not u 17 days ago
I’m now hungry
Federal Bureau of Investigation
dont make that meme about the things he used
Fah미나 18 days ago
I made this and it was delicious 😍 Seriously, take some time out of your day and make it, you won't regret it.
ScrewYoou 18 days ago
Yes Chromeo
Gabby Smith
Gabby Smith 18 days ago
If you double fry the chicken it will be crunchier and it wont get soggy with the sauce.
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