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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Comments • 3 631

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish  Month ago +1716

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

    • Niubility
      Niubility 10 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 19 days ago

      Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

    • Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat
      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat 20 days ago

      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 _ 20 days ago

      Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

    • Vibudh Sharma
      Vibudh Sharma 20 days ago

      Now go to cold ones

  • Luke Haave
    Luke Haave 16 hours ago

    Wait where did the reserve marinade come from??

  • etheth888
    etheth888 17 hours ago

    The sauce came out very dark compared to the one in your video. Maybe the soy sauce was too dark?

  • Julian Paul
    Julian Paul 19 hours ago

    That's Lee Kum Kee light Soy Sauce not dark soy sauce

  • Jordan
    Jordan Day 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 Day ago +1

    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 Day ago

    Made this tonight ! It was delish !!! Even with me not finding the right cooking wine lol

  • Brad Viviviyal
    Brad Viviviyal Day ago

    Never had an order of General's chicken - i tend to go for the more authentic dishes.

  • Matt S.
    Matt S. 2 days ago

    This is wrong, everyone knows they use the general's toes and not chicken! Sacrilege!

  • izzy san
    izzy san 2 days 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
    XxSchwarz500xX 3 days ago

    How on earth did i get to this vid from watching gaming vids???

  • Ricardo Huezo
    Ricardo Huezo 3 days ago

    If I wanted to make this for a family dinner should I triple or double the ingredients

  • 이진민
    이진민 3 days ago

    Did you just season rice

  • Justin Kearl
    Justin Kearl 3 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
    Madmerlined 4 days ago

    Is this a the American version of Salt and Pepper chicken?

  • Magmafrost13
    Magmafrost13 5 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 5 days ago

    Unpopular opinion I love General Tsos chicken, that mf knew how to cook

  • Ernest
    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
      Trunks Vegeta Briefs 3 days ago


      The alcohol boils away while cooking all that’s left is the flavor that the vodka brought to the sauce

  • Patrick Barber
    Patrick Barber 6 days ago

    45 mins for take out? The magic time for Chinese take out is 15 minutes.....

  • 문재인
    문재인 6 days ago

    Look at the portion. Looks like 4000kcal

  • EnzoCroft
    EnzoCroft 7 days ago +3

    What war did General Tso fight in? His army must have been well fed

  • e135789
    e135789 8 days ago +10

    It's not general tso's unless it has 2 pieces of steamed broccoli

  • Ben Jenkins
    Ben Jenkins 8 days ago

    Can you do Kung pao chicken

  • Giovani Pablo
    Giovani Pablo 9 days ago

    This nigga seasoned the rice ON the plate

  • FitAngie
    FitAngie 10 days ago

    That looks fabulous 😍 wait you cook your rice in the oven? 🥺

  • Corbin Wilson
    Corbin Wilson 10 days ago

    I do not want to be associated with anyone who thinks that General Tso's chicken can be "too saucy".

  • KillerTacos
    KillerTacos 10 days ago

    Wow! Looks beautiful

  • Lee Sharpnack
    Lee Sharpnack 10 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
    R J 11 days ago

    marry me babish. right now. LOL

  • sad boi
    sad boi 11 days ago

    I tried to do this myself and it did not go well

  • Rodolfo Lira
    Rodolfo Lira 12 days ago +3

    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 12 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 12 days ago

    Basic with babish Chowmein

  • Isaac Slaughter
    Isaac Slaughter 12 days ago

    Not sure if you've done Stranger than Fiction yet

  • Vault Dweller
    Vault Dweller 12 days ago

    I have never heard of this place

  • Elizabeth Matthews
    Elizabeth Matthews 12 days ago +1

    Two shots of vodka

  • midnightjester36
    midnightjester36 12 days ago

    Thanks for making the distinction of it being chinese american at the beginning

  • danktower
    danktower 12 days ago

    Uncle Sam knows who to hire as chef now.

  • Jēmusu Shizao
    Jēmusu Shizao 13 days ago

    Hears a dbz reference
    *heavy breathing*

  • ya boi
    ya boi 13 days ago

    Why would you use white meat.

  • Smoola :3
    Smoola :3 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 days ago +1

    Get a rice cooker for Cheez-it’s sake.

  • Hannu Soini
    Hannu Soini 13 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 14 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 14 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
    Clarity 14 days ago

    You put the rice in the oven? The hell

  • Matt Daniel TV
    Matt Daniel TV 14 days ago

    This is sesame chicken right

  • kidgirth69
    kidgirth69 14 days ago

    babish! what happened to the reserve sauce?

  • dazzlerflower
    dazzlerflower 14 days ago +4

    shouldve double fried the chicken to make it even crispier, courtesy of maangchi of course :)

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  • Rose Calhoon
    Rose Calhoon 14 days ago

    Do tuwo shinkafa from Amazon’s The Tick

  • Katana Vlogs
    Katana Vlogs 15 days ago

    Cookie omlete from Tuca and Bertie

  • Ellen Anderson
    Ellen Anderson 15 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 15 days ago +18

    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 16 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
    Jun Daniel Gyu Lee Kim 16 days ago +1

    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
    I am sick of this. Also you dont season the rice.
    Not east asian. Steam. Water. Rice. *** i hate rice pls save me.

  • Ligierthegreensun
    Ligierthegreensun 16 days ago

    What happened to the other half of the marinade that was saved for a special purpose?

  • Falbere!
    Falbere! 16 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".

    • Angel Fox
      Angel Fox 15 hours ago

      It is chinese in origin, but it isn't 'traditional chinese'. It was created by a chef named Peng Chuang-kuei, who was a chef for the Kuomintang during the civil war. He fled to Taiwan and remained a chef there until 1973 when he came to New York City to start a restaurant. He was originally from Hunan, so his dishes tended to reflect Hunan cooking, but modified to American taste. What is called here General Tso's Chicken is believed to have been a sort of generalized example of Hunan cuisine, but modified by making it slightly less spicy and more sweet in flavor.

  • Christoffer
    Christoffer 16 days ago

    I made this dish yesterday and it blew my mind.

  • Charles Brooks
    Charles Brooks 16 days ago

    I’m gonna make this and the fried rice you made (minus the shrimp)

  • okay what
    okay what 16 days ago +9

    You are officially the VSauce that makes his own sauce

    ANITABOWDEN27 16 days ago

    Make a Good Burger from the movie Good Burger. Don't forget Kels Secret Sauce!

  • Mary Botelho
    Mary Botelho 16 days ago +6

    Could you make a video of the desserts from Death Note? 😁

  • bolle burn
    bolle burn 16 days ago

    The day the usa goes metric is the day i cook this

  • Cowestroyer
    Cowestroyer 17 days ago


  • sew many hobbies
    sew many hobbies 17 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 17 days ago

    Hearing that Andrew likes Chromeo was the best part of this video.

  • Ender Dragon
    Ender Dragon 17 days ago

    My biggest complaint with most General Tso chicken is it is almost never spicy enough.

  • LetsGetRusty
    LetsGetRusty 17 days ago

    You are the bob ross of cooking.

  • Ajai01niner
    Ajai01niner 18 days ago