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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Binging with Babish
Binging with Babish 4 months ago
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Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat 3 months ago
I find it a crime punishable with jail time if you eat General Tso's chicken without fried rice.
Niubility 4 months ago
You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!
Konnor Bailey
Konnor Bailey 4 months 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 _ 4 months ago
Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?
c d
c d 22 hours ago
I tried the recipe and it turned out great and it was really good, but kind of too spicy for me hahah. I'm not sure what kind of chilis you used in the video, but I used thai chilis and I probably should've only put half the amount.
anti Garennn
anti Garennn Day ago
on fcking fire!!!!! :)))) that looks extremely yummy!!!!!! :)
Pigeons 14
Pigeons 14 Day ago
I thought that babish was eating curry with chopsticks for a second
Sean Toh
Sean Toh 2 days ago
What's the song playing in the background? Sounds like a remixed version of 'Give her up' by Smokey Robinson.
Jennifer Van Osdel
Why would you season the rice with salt at the end? smh latina me is like no no no
K' birdie
K' birdie 4 days ago
I got two questions for this ep. first what is Jiminy cricket and second, what did u do with those two egg yolks?
Michael's Eats
Michael's Eats 6 days ago
Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?
Timefliesbye 8 days ago
I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.
Garrett Rush
Garrett Rush 8 days ago
Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish
Zach Bunch
Zach Bunch 9 days ago
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.
Visiblur 9 days ago
Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American
The Imaginary Gallery
What is wrong with using the egg yolk?
Alex delos Reyes
Alex delos Reyes 11 days ago
is seasoning rice a thing in america?
Zach Bunch
Zach Bunch 9 days ago
I never have but my grandmother's from Okinawa so seaweed is usually that bit of salt we have with it.
G-Unit1111 11 days ago
Chromeo FTW!!!
Lusamini 12 days ago
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 😂😭
zuljjin 12 days ago
"little bit of kosher salt"
Ravenous-wolf 311
Ravenous-wolf 311 12 days ago
Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?
GameCritic101 14 days ago
Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?
Jim Bridger
Jim Bridger 15 days ago
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.
Robbie S
Robbie S 10 days ago
I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?
Diego Cervantes
Diego Cervantes 11 days ago
Go to a different supermarket?
RamRanch Dressing
RamRanch Dressing 13 days ago
You don't have an asian market where you live?
Jonathan Neal
Jonathan Neal 13 days ago
Time to hunt them down at the small local places
Sammy Zonna
Sammy Zonna 15 days ago
you are bald but have an amazing beard
Grammar Nazi
Grammar Nazi 16 days ago
Shave your beard off asshole.
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes 18 days ago
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,...wow, 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!
Sir Parkington
Sir Parkington 7 days ago
@Billy Hughes Thank you very much
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes 7 days ago
@Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.
Sir Parkington
Sir Parkington 7 days ago
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
Jared Blume
Jared Blume 18 days ago
Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅
Alexis Rondeau
Alexis Rondeau 19 days ago
Where the fuck is the sesameee
Pintobean 19 days ago
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.
Kevin R
Kevin R 20 days ago
This looks to be pretty similar to Kenji's recipe....
Not Your Average Person 000
I’m not old enough to drink is there a substitute for vodka I could use
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.
PINEAPPLE SODA 25 days ago
What watch is that,,, the blue one it’s banging
Joshua P.
Joshua P. 25 days ago
Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul
Nils R.
Nils R. 25 days ago
Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.
HyunTK 25 days ago
Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.
Red Robin
Red Robin 25 days ago
what shit idea of an idea lib tard
Red Robin
Red Robin 25 days ago
sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard
Red Robin
Red Robin 25 days ago
100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong
Joseph Trethewey
Joseph Trethewey 27 days ago
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 :)
That looks so freaking tasty oml
Annika Lunsford
Annika Lunsford Month ago
Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.
Annika Lunsford
Annika Lunsford 25 days ago
stonybear thank you!
random 29 days ago
potato starch
Fraser Morton
Fraser Morton Month ago
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.
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