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General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken

In this healthy version of a General Tso’s Chicken recipe, we cut the fat and sodium in half from the original version by not frying the chicken and by using half as much soy sauce in this Chinese-takeout favorite. Serve with steamed baby bok choy or sautéed spinach and steamed brown rice.


4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 5tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry, divided
  • 1large egg white
  • 1pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4cup water
  • 2tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2scallions, sliced
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 4cups snow peas


  1. Combine 4 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and rice wine (or sherry) and egg white in a bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat.
  2. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon each cornstarch, soy sauce and rice wine (or sherry), water, hoisin and rice vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok or large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the chicken; cook without turning, breaking up stuck-together pieces, until golden on the bottom, 2 minutes. Stir; continue cooking until golden on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, scallions and garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add peas; cook, stirring often, until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the reserved sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until thick, about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute more.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each)

Calories 364.03kcal
Carbohydrate Total 20.31g
Total Sugars 5.45g
Added Sugars 2g
Fiber 2.24g
Total Fat 19.16g
Saturated Fat 3.12g
Mono Saturated Fat 9.84g
Cholesterol 0.18mg
Sodium 523.82mg
Protein 24.62g
Potassium 346.21mg
Calcium 50.83mg
Folate 39.35mcg
Iron 2.94mg
Magnesium 41.35mg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 4g
Trans Fatty Acid 0.03g
Vitamin A 812.23IU
Vitamin D 4.2IU
Vitamin B12 0.44mcg
Vitamin C 39.71mg
Vitamin E 4mg
Zinc 2.45mg
Phosphorus 178.31mg
Vitamin B3 15.06mg

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