General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

  • Published on Jul 18, 2019
  • 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:
    + 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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  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish  5 months ago +1980

    I'm on Hot Ones! Go check it out!

    • PlanetMars 2030
      PlanetMars 2030 Day ago

      @Binging with Babish hi. Not sure why, but apparently in Canada, we call it General Tao's Chicken🤷🏻‍♂️. Same thing. Not sure why two neighbouring countries have different ways of spelling the same dish🤔. Very informative video as usual👌🏻😎

    • 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
      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
      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat 4 months ago

      instead of alcohol you could use anything tart/sugary.. pineapple juice, grape juice, almond extract,white grape juice... grats on the recovery bro.

  • Notorious P.1.G
    Notorious P.1.G Day ago +1

    To get the full Chinese experience, you should have used MSG.

    HMONG LOR RYDER 2 days ago

    Make Egg Foo Young?

  • Spedwagun -
    Spedwagun - 3 days ago

    Oh okay then, just season the rice in front of my face like that okay.

  • Change of name
    Change of name 3 days ago

    Can the cooking wine and vodka be substituted by something else?

  • yang SW
    yang SW 3 days ago

    Who the fuck seasons their rice?

  • Amp Blaster
    Amp Blaster 3 days ago

    This isn’t even close to authentic Tsos. Never let a white guy tell you how to make Asian cuisine

  • Nicolas sukhu
    Nicolas sukhu 3 days ago

    Good choice of music. I don't doubt I've seen you at a Chromeo concert

  • Jacob Cui
    Jacob Cui 4 days ago

    I’m Asian, and hearing the fact that he cooks his rice in the oven is...


  • b s
    b s 4 days ago

    Really bad sweet and sour

  • EphemeralThief
    EphemeralThief 5 days ago +1

    I shouldn't be watching this right now. It's 12 in the morning and I'm just going to make myself hungry...

  • Temazepam
    Temazepam 6 days ago

    Where's the Asians going wtf when he seasoned the rice

  • c d
    c d 7 days 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 7 days ago

    on fcking fire!!!!! :)))) that looks extremely yummy!!!!!! :)

  • Pigeons 14
    Pigeons 14 8 days ago +3

    I thought that babish was eating curry with chopsticks for a second

  • Sean Toh
    Sean Toh 8 days ago +2

    What's the song playing in the background? Sounds like a remixed version of 'Give her up' by Smokey Robinson.

  • Jennifer Van Osdel
    Jennifer Van Osdel 9 days ago +4

    Why would you season the rice with salt at the end? smh latina me is like no no no

    • TheGintama86
      TheGintama86 6 days ago +1

      white rice and salt tastes gud thou

  • K' birdie
    K' birdie 10 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 13 days ago

    Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?

  • Timefliesbye
    Timefliesbye 14 days ago

    I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.

  • Garrett Rush
    Garrett Rush 15 days ago

    Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish

  • Zach Bunch
    Zach Bunch 15 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
    Visiblur 15 days ago

    Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American

  • The Imaginary Gallery
    The Imaginary Gallery 16 days ago

    What is wrong with using the egg yolk?

  • Alex delos Reyes
    Alex delos Reyes 18 days ago

    is seasoning rice a thing in america?

    • Zach Bunch
      Zach Bunch 15 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
    G-Unit1111 18 days ago

    Chromeo FTW!!!

  • Lusamini
    Lusamini 18 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
    zuljjin 18 days ago

    "little bit of kosher salt"

  • Ravenous-wolf 311
    Ravenous-wolf 311 19 days ago +2

    Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?

  • GameCritic101
    GameCritic101 21 day ago

    Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?

  • Jim Bridger
    Jim Bridger 21 day ago +6

    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 17 days ago

      I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?

    • Diego Cervantes
      Diego Cervantes 18 days ago

      Go to a different supermarket?

    • RamRanch Dressing
      RamRanch Dressing 19 days ago +1

      You don't have an asian market where you live?

    • Jonathan Neal
      Jonathan Neal 20 days ago

      Time to hunt them down at the small local places

  • Sammy Zonna
    Sammy Zonna 22 days ago

    you are bald but have an amazing beard

  • Grammar Nazi
    Grammar Nazi 23 days ago

    Shave your beard off asshole.

  • Billy Hughes
    Billy Hughes 24 days ago +1

    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,, 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 13 days ago

      @Billy Hughes Thank you very much

    • Billy Hughes
      Billy Hughes 13 days ago +1

      @Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.

    • Sir Parkington
      Sir Parkington 13 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 25 days ago

    Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅

  • Alexis Rondeau
    Alexis Rondeau 25 days ago

    Where the fuck is the sesameee

  • Pintobean
    Pintobean 25 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 26 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 Month ago

    What watch is that,,, the blue one it’s banging

  • Joshua P.
    Joshua P. Month ago

    Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul

  • Nils R.
    Nils R. Month ago

    Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.

  • HyunTK
    HyunTK Month ago

    Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.

  • Red Robin
    Red Robin Month ago

    what shit idea of an idea lib tard

  • Red Robin
    Red Robin Month ago

    sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard

  • Red Robin
    Red Robin Month ago

    100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong

  • Joseph Trethewey
    Joseph Trethewey Month 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 :)

  • SelfProclaimedSir
    SelfProclaimedSir Month ago

    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.

  • 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.

  • zack tivey
    zack tivey Month ago

    New to the channel and I'm glad I stumbled upon it.. my one qualm is what is babish?? A name? A nickname?? Just curious dont mean any disrespect.

  • Dead Serious
    Dead Serious Month ago


  • Brandon Hayden
    Brandon Hayden Month ago +1

    Who the hell is waiting 45 min to get chinese takeout?? Love the vid but holy crap i feel bad if you cant get your Chineasy in under 20 min max

  • Bok Choy Troy Cooking Show

    Nice job !

  • Calcitriol
    Calcitriol Month ago +1

    Asian be : NO ONE PUT SALT IN RICE

  • Carolina Sarellano
    Carolina Sarellano Month ago +1

    I usually don’t comment old videos, but WHAT A GREAT TASTE IN MUSIC
    Lob u, lob chromeo, lob food

  • FDF flags
    FDF flags Month ago +46

    HIM: *add's salt to rice*
    ASIANS: *gets triggered instantly*

    • G. S.
      G. S. 9 days ago +3

      @Franz Ares Viernes What's it gonna do? Spawn demons? 😂

    • Franz Ares Viernes
      Franz Ares Viernes 18 days ago +1

      You never put salt on steamed rice. Ever!

    • Michael Huang
      Michael Huang Month ago +7

      At least he didn't put something like mayonnaise on it. 😂😂😂

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin Month ago

    If you were add chinese chili oil to this recipe where do you think it would fit best?

  • Maria Johnson
    Maria Johnson Month ago

    You should make the Mac and cheese from bones season 2 episode 20