General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

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



  • I'm on Hot Ones! Go check it out!

    Binging with BabishBinging with Babish29 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!

      NiubilityNiubility8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

      Konnor BaileyKonnor Bailey17 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • instead of alcohol you could use anything tart/sugary.. pineapple juice, grape juice, almond extract,white grape juice... grats on the recovery bro.

      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th SeatSir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

      fallinangels _fallinangels _18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Now go to cold ones

      Vibudh SharmaVibudh Sharma18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is wrong, everyone knows they use the general's toes and not chicken! Sacrilege!

    Matt S.Matt S.15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 😂

    izzy sanizzy san16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • How on earth did i get to this vid from watching gaming vids???

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

    Ricardo HuezoRicardo Huezoวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Did you just season rice

  • 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

    Justin KearlJustin Kearlวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is this a the American version of Salt and Pepper chicken?

    MadmerlinedMadmerlined2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Magmafrost13Magmafrost133 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Unpopular opinion I love General Tsos chicken, that mf knew how to cook

    Weird GuyWeird Guy3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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

    ErnestErnest3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Ernest The alcohol boils away while cooking all that’s left is the flavor that the vodka brought to the sauce

      Trunks Vegeta BriefsTrunks Vegeta Briefsวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 45 mins for take out? The magic time for Chinese take out is 15 minutes.....

    Patrick BarberPatrick Barber4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Look at the portion. Looks like 4000kcal

    문재인문재인4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What war did General Tso fight in? His army must have been well fed

    EnzoCroftEnzoCroft5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's not general tso's unless it has 2 pieces of steamed broccoli

    e135789e1357896 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • No more, no less.

      Jake AlexanderJake Alexanderวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you do Kung pao chicken

    Ben JenkinsBen Jenkins6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This nigga seasoned the rice ON the plate

    Giovani PabloGiovani Pablo7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That looks fabulous 😍 wait you cook your rice in the oven? 🥺

    FitAngieFitAngie8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I do not want to be associated with anyone who thinks that General Tso's chicken can be "too saucy".

    Corbin WilsonCorbin Wilson8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow! Looks beautiful

    KillerTacosKillerTacos8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Lee SharpnackLee Sharpnack8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • marry me babish. right now. LOL

    R JR J9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I tried to do this myself and it did not go well

    sad boisad boi9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m from AZ what is a general Tsao🤣👏 I mean what I got here is Bamboo Terrace and Panda express😢🤣

    Rodolfo LiraRodolfo Lira10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Am so mad this guy is out here eating his own good coocking i wish this guy was my dad

    Jeannick AugusmarJeannick Augusmar10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Basic with babish Chowmein

    fAm sQuadfAm sQuad10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Not sure if you've done Stranger than Fiction yet

    Isaac SlaughterIsaac Slaughter10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I have never heard of this place

    Vault DwellerVault Dweller10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Two shots of vodka

    Elizabeth MatthewsElizabeth Matthews10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thanks for making the distinction of it being chinese american at the beginning

    midnightjester36midnightjester3610 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Uncle Sam knows who to hire as chef now.

    danktowerdanktower10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hears a dbz reference *heavy breathing*

    Jēmusu ShizaoJēmusu Shizao10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why would you use white meat.

    ya boiya boi11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I freaking hate scallions, always a pain in the butt to recreate recipes as seemingly EVERYTHING needs scallions xD

    Smoola :3Smoola :311 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    Tristan BoydTristan Boyd11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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)!

    Simon TonekhamSimon Tonekham11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Get a rice cooker for Cheez-it’s sake.

    Un-Named TruckerUn-Named Trucker11 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I'm with you, dude!!

      Simon TonekhamSimon Tonekham11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Hannu SoiniHannu Soini11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!!

    Ross CarlsonRoss Carlson12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Bit ChonBit Chon12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You put the rice in the oven? The hell

    ClarityClarity12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is sesame chicken right

    Matt Daniel TVMatt Daniel TV12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • babish! what happened to the reserve sauce?

    kidgirth69kidgirth6912 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • shouldve double fried the chicken to make it even crispier, courtesy of maangchi of course :)

    dazzlerflowerdazzlerflower12 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • She is the best!

      M8541ReaperM8541Reaper8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • appetizers?

    Thedarkinsignia *last name missing*Thedarkinsignia *last name missing*12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do tuwo shinkafa from Amazon’s The Tick

    Rose CalhoonRose Calhoon12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cookie omlete from Tuca and Bertie

    Katana VlogsKatana Vlogs13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Ellen AndersonEllen Anderson13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Low BatteryLow Battery13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I can't be the only one who would love to see a Babish and Kenji collaboration, can I?

    Jay QuintanaJay Quintana13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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?

    Serendipity WyrdSerendipity Wyrd14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 KimJun Daniel Gyu Lee Kim14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Asia in a nutshell Breakfast=Rice Lunch=Rice Dinner=RICE I am sick of this. Also you dont season the rice. Not east asian. Steam. Water. Rice. *** i hate rice pls save me.

    Jun Daniel Gyu Lee KimJun Daniel Gyu Lee Kim14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What happened to the other half of the marinade that was saved for a special purpose?

    LigierthegreensunLigierthegreensun14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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".

    Falbere!Falbere!14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I made this dish yesterday and it blew my mind.

    ChristofferChristoffer14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m gonna make this and the fried rice you made (minus the shrimp)

    Charles BrooksCharles Brooks14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You are officially the VSauce that makes his own sauce

    okay whatokay what14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Make a Good Burger from the movie Good Burger. Don't forget Kels Secret Sauce!

    ANITABOWDEN27ANITABOWDEN2714 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Could you make a video of the desserts from Death Note? 😁

    Mary BotelhoMary Botelho14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Mary Botelho no please

      TugglewormTuggleworm6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The day the usa goes metric is the day i cook this

    bolle burnbolle burn14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Beef

    CowestroyerCowestroyer15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When will the next episode of "my big bois need their nomnoms"? 😁

    sew many hobbiessew many hobbies15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Good recreation of general tso but i still prefer this one from "School of Wok" channel, its simpler and still delicious.

    Perspektywiczny Zieliński FanTalentuMłodegoZielaPerspektywiczny Zieliński FanTalentuMłodegoZiela15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hearing that Andrew likes Chromeo was the best part of this video.

    The Gentle GiantThe Gentle Giant15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My biggest complaint with most General Tso chicken is it is almost never spicy enough.

    Ender DragonEnder Dragon15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You are the bob ross of cooking.

    LetsGetRustyLetsGetRusty15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • DAmn!

    Ajai01ninerAjai01niner16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why would you put salt on rice?

    AD AMAD AM16 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You forgot msg

    Nicholas DawNicholas Daw16 วันที่ผ่านมา
General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish