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 Babish4 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • I find it a crime punishable with jail time if you eat General Tso's chicken without fried rice.

      Nyan CatNyan Cat3 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!

      NiubilityNiubility4 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

      Konnor BaileyKonnor Bailey4 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • 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 Seat4 หลายเดือนก่อน
    • Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

      fallinangels _fallinangels _4 หลายเดือนก่อน
  • Really bad sweet and sour

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

    EphemeralThiefEphemeralThief20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Where's the Asians going wtf when he seasoned the rice

    TemazepamTemazepam2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    c dc d3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • on fcking fire!!!!! :)))) that looks extremely yummy!!!!!! :)

    anti Garennnanti Garennn3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I thought that babish was eating curry with chopsticks for a second

    Pigeons 14Pigeons 143 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What's the song playing in the background? Sounds like a remixed version of 'Give her up' by Smokey Robinson.

    Sean TohSean Toh4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why would you season the rice with salt at the end? smh latina me is like no no no

    Jennifer Van OsdelJennifer Van Osdel4 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • white rice and salt tastes gud thou

      TheGintama86TheGintama862 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I got two questions for this ep. first what is Jiminy cricket and second, what did u do with those two egg yolks?

    K' birdieK' birdie6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?

    Michael's EatsMichael's Eats9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.

    TimefliesbyeTimefliesbye10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish

    Garrett RushGarrett Rush10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Zach BunchZach Bunch11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American

    VisiblurVisiblur11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What is wrong with using the egg yolk?

    The Imaginary GalleryThe Imaginary Gallery11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • is seasoning rice a thing in america?

    Alex delos ReyesAlex delos Reyes13 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I never have but my grandmother's from Okinawa so seaweed is usually that bit of salt we have with it.

      Zach BunchZach Bunch11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Chromeo FTW!!!

    G-Unit1111G-Unit111114 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 😂😭

    LusaminiLusamini14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "little bit of kosher salt"

    zuljjinzuljjin14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?

    Ravenous-wolf 311Ravenous-wolf 31115 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?

    GameCritic101GameCritic10116 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    Jim BridgerJim Bridger17 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?

      Robbie SRobbie S12 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Go to a different supermarket?

      Diego CervantesDiego Cervantes13 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You don't have an asian market where you live?

      RamRanch DressingRamRanch Dressing15 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Time to hunt them down at the small local places

      Jonathan NealJonathan Neal15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • you are bald but have an amazing beard

    Sammy ZonnaSammy Zonna18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Shave your beard off asshole.

    Grammar NaziGrammar Nazi18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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!

    Billy HughesBilly Hughes20 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Billy Hughes Thank you very much

      Sir ParkingtonSir Parkington9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.

      Billy HughesBilly Hughes9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • 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

      Sir ParkingtonSir Parkington9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅

    Jared BlumeJared Blume20 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Where the fuck is the sesameee

    Alexis RondeauAlexis Rondeau21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

    PintobeanPintobean21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This looks to be pretty similar to Kenji's recipe....

    Kevin RKevin R22 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m not old enough to drink is there a substitute for vodka I could use

    Not Your Average Person 000Not Your Average Person 00022 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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.

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

  • Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul

    Joshua P.Joshua P.27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.

    Nils R.Nils R.27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.

    HyunTKHyunTK27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • what shit idea of an idea lib tard

    Red RobinRed Robin28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard

    Red RobinRed Robin28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong

    Red RobinRed Robin28 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 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 :)

    Joseph TretheweyJoseph Trethewey29 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That looks so freaking tasty oml

  • Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.

    Annika LunsfordAnnika Lunsfordหลายเดือนก่อน
    • stonybear thank you!

      Annika LunsfordAnnika Lunsford28 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • potato starch

  • 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.

    Fraser MortonFraser Mortonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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.

    zack tiveyzack tiveyหลายเดือนก่อน

    Dead SeriousDead Seriousหลายเดือนก่อน
  • 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

    Brandon HaydenBrandon Haydenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Nice job !

    Bok Choy Troy Cooking ShowBok Choy Troy Cooking Showหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Asian be : NO ONE PUT SALT IN RICE

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

    Carolina SarellanoCarolina Sarellanoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • HIM: *add's salt to rice* ASIANS: *gets triggered instantly*

    FDF flagsFDF flagsหลายเดือนก่อน
    • @Franz Ares Viernes What's it gonna do? Spawn demons? 😂

      G. S.G. S.5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You never put salt on steamed rice. Ever!

      Franz Ares ViernesFranz Ares Viernes14 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • At least he didn't put something like mayonnaise on it. 😂😂😂

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

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

    Maria JohnsonMaria Johnsonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • i looked up the chromeo song he was dancing too. guys dont do it. horrible music. great recipe babish.

    Barrett DysonBarrett Dysonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Where is the broccoli?

    The Imaginary GalleryThe Imaginary Galleryหลายเดือนก่อน
  • is this recipe going to be in your book? \

  • Good god😮😮😮😮

    David watsonDavid watsonหลายเดือนก่อน
  • That's a lot of work and ingredients I don't have. Imma just order it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • TITo's vodka

    Crazy FathamstaCrazy Fathamstaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Love the Rolex!

    Gage KullandGage Kullandหลายเดือนก่อน

  • Ending song please ?

    EL GuapoEL Guapoหลายเดือนก่อน
  • I've never had General Taos

  • Are you.... are you Ryan Rynolds?

  • if you’re under 21 what do you recommend for a replacement for the vodka?

    • More Vodka!

      Klaas DannenKlaas Dannenหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Made these, but didn't make enough sauce (my own error) but still better than take out

    Mr Arnold C.E.O for Octa-CorpMr Arnold C.E.O for Octa-Corpหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Am I the bad guy for no longer being friends with one of the best people ive known because he didnt like general tsos? He may or may not be buried under my bushes at this moment.

    John MacmillanJohn Macmillanหลายเดือนก่อน
  • No orange ?

    frank datankfrank datankหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Lots of adds. . . sigh

    aaron rumpzaaaron rumpzaหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Most people in the comment section: You don’t season it, you add salt before you cook it, you add olive oil, you add coconut milk, etc. SAME FUCKEN SHIT!!! That’s still seasoning!! Ofc no one in their right mind adds salt after the rice is already cooked but I mean come on!

    EMCEE KaozEMCEE Kaozหลายเดือนก่อน
  • Worst way to make rice

    EMCEE KaozEMCEE Kaozหลายเดือนก่อน
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