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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Faux Tso's

Chinese food isn't always my friend.....or my stomach's friend. Plus I'm so "anti-MSG" that I usually won't eat it unless the restaurant menu says "NO MSG" on the front. (Don't even get me started on MSG. Just Google it and find our for yourself why I hate it so much!) I never thought I'd be able to make General Tso's chicken at home and have it taste the same. This recipe gets pretty close and it's really tasty. It even looks like the real deal! So here's a good one for next time you're needing a Chinese take-out fix! Minus the take-out.

Faux Tso's Chicken


2 large chicken breasts
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper (sprinkle of each)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Sauce:

3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Tenderize and cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place cornstarch and egg on separate plates or breading trays. Mix salt and pepper into egg.
3. Place chicken pieces into cornstarch and toss to coat. Roll chicken in egg wash. (I know this seems backwards. I was skeptical at first too, but it works.)
4. Place chicken pieces into hot oil. Work in two batches so you don't overcrowd the pan, causing the temperature of the oil to drop. Cook until browned and crispy on all sides. 
5. Transfer chicken to 8x8 inch baking dish. 
6. To make the sauce, whisk together all ingredients. 
7. Pour sauce over chicken and toss to coat all pieces. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Sauce will gradually thicken as it bakes. Remove from oven and serve alone or over rice. 

Even Chester liked the sticky leftover sauce on my plate! 


  1. They look awesome! It's funny, I read one of your recent entries on wings and I was so impressed. I actually thought, I wonder if Alissa ever tried General Tso's chicken...and what do you know, you have! I actually have all of the ingredients already on hand so perhaps I will make me some faux Tso's this week. I love your blog! Keep it up =)

  2. Thanks Andrea! I hope you like this recipe! :)

  3. Just made this for dinner and Chris said it was amazing! and he is not always easily impressed. i loved it thank you for posting this recipe! i will definitely make this again! :)

  4. Yay Monica!!! I'm so happy to hear that! :)

  5. I'm excited to try this I so love "the general" ;)
    It looks so good!!!