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 • 3 751

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish  Month ago +1796

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

    • Nyan Cat
      Nyan Cat 12 days ago

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

    • Niubility
      Niubility Month ago

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

    • Konnor Bailey
      Konnor Bailey Month ago

      Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

    • Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat
      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat Month 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 _ Month ago

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

  • JLaP0413
    JLaP0413 Hour ago

    45 minutes to order take out? Nah man, it’s “ok order ready in 10 minute” everyday except New Year’s Eve.

  • Jacob B
    Jacob B 9 hours ago

    The third dish I've now made because of your channel. The best one I've made yet! Thanks for the inspiration, It's really been a blast!

  • Lokita Besos
    Lokita Besos 2 days ago

    Have you done orange chicken yet?

  • aserta
    aserta 2 days ago +1

    Don't particularly get why you have to marinate every food you make. There's such a thing as too much salt...

  • CashDayYoung
    CashDayYoung 2 days ago

    This took me all day to make

  • jacey small
    jacey small 3 days ago

    Is there a video of you making Beef and Broccoli?

  • Max Chou
    Max Chou 4 days ago

    ok who tf salts their rice lmao

  • MJA
    MJA 5 days ago

    that looks awesome

  • Chris Andre
    Chris Andre 5 days ago

    There’s never too much chicken

  • Alexander Gore
    Alexander Gore 5 days ago +2

    You say "too easy to buy" -- but in the UK you can't find this, so it's awesome that I can make it now! :D

  • riner9
    riner9 5 days ago

    Babish loves fond

  • Joseph Redmond
    Joseph Redmond 5 days ago

    I was so unaware that people don’t season rice. Like I always salt my rice while cooking it.

  • BrokenGlassShimmerLikeStarDust

    Been watching Babish for a while. Very curious about his watch. Does he wear it for the camera or is he just like that at home? And the shirts? Wouldn't he just wear like a T-shirt at home? Oh no wait cuz we see him... Chef John doesn't appear on camera so we only see him through reflections where he wears T-shirts. I don't know why I have these stupid questions. Forget I asked.

  • Austracy
    Austracy 6 days ago +6

    Not enough sauce, you need extra to coat all the rice.

  • Kelsey Lauer
    Kelsey Lauer 6 days ago

    Could you see about doing an episode about labels mean on certain foods as part of basics? As someone who took nutrition classes I quickly found that several labels don't mean what people think they mean (bonus points if you can find a registered dietician or fda person to come on your show!)

  • Nor Azwan
    Nor Azwan 6 days ago

    Seasoned the rice? 😂

  • CmnKrr
    CmnKrr 7 days ago

    It’s a shame I come here to learn to make stuff and I just end up getting hungry and forgetting. Love the videos tho

  • Jax Hollywood
    Jax Hollywood 8 days ago

    I'm i the only one who boils rice with salt or is that weird?

  • Razzy Noah
    Razzy Noah 8 days ago

    season the rice?????????????

  • Pdub Adub
    Pdub Adub 8 days ago +1

    45 minutes for take out? Where you ordering from?

    • Dylan Mosley
      Dylan Mosley 4 days ago

      Pdub Adub he does live in New York City

  • todd
    todd 9 days ago

    The t is silent.

  • Heynah Mata
    Heynah Mata 9 days ago

    Is oyster sauce ok for seasoning the rice? I don't really season it with salt or something

  • Senthil Kumaran
    Senthil Kumaran 9 days ago

    Did he just put salt on rice?

  • Agent Callisto
    Agent Callisto 10 days ago +1

    Made this tonight and the DH raved about it. Thanks Babish!

  • AvaKin Dante
    AvaKin Dante 10 days ago +1

    I never complained about general tso chicken

  • Gavin Graf
    Gavin Graf 10 days ago

    sesame seeds?

  • Joseph
    Joseph 10 days ago

    He seriously should be paying j kenji lopez

  • TheBlackKnight1o1
    TheBlackKnight1o1 11 days ago +1

    Let's get down with Basics!
    To defeat the Huns!

  • Eclair Eclair Eclair
    Eclair Eclair Eclair 11 days ago

    This makes my schools General Tso's Chicken look like dog food, this has color and isn't just brown.

  • Michael Nixon
    Michael Nixon 11 days ago

    Babish can you please make a video on how to make naan bread? Some of the best bread I've ever had was from an Afghanistan bakery.

  • Michael Maxwell
    Michael Maxwell 11 days ago

    That’s an insane amount of ingredients to buy...

  • Wat
    Wat 12 days ago +2

    Why in the hell would you season the rice with salt is my question

  • Bob Haring
    Bob Haring 12 days ago

    Babish: Seasoning the rice with kosher salt

    Me: hol up

  • MR ÂistrellØ
    MR ÂistrellØ 13 days ago

    Can you make something child friendly?

  • Hailey Rose
    Hailey Rose 13 days ago

    I love your videos babish, However the one problem i have with this is that you did not toss your sauce and chicken in a wok. The sauce is suppose to be a slurry that thickens when tossed with the chicken

  • Ben Luvs Trains
    Ben Luvs Trains 13 days ago

    I just call it imperial chicken lol

  • Xelotharr
    Xelotharr 13 days ago +1

    I just recooked this. I have no idea how Gerneral Tso's version tastes like but holy cow this is definitely better.

  • Coleman Schwab
    Coleman Schwab 14 days ago

    What kind of watch is he wearing ??

  • Thomas Murphy
    Thomas Murphy 16 days ago

    im lucky the Gen Tso's at the joint down the street is killer

  • TheRealUnconnected
    TheRealUnconnected 17 days ago

    Need to try this. We don't get General TSO's chicken in Australian Chinese restaurants. No fkn idea why it looks great.

  • Andrew Domingus
    Andrew Domingus 17 days ago +5

    Okay but is there a substitute for vodka in the marinade? We all ain’t 21 😭

    • RainaR
      RainaR 11 days ago

      I just used water and it works pretty well, tbh idk what the difference vodka would make

    • Sharar Sifat
      Sharar Sifat 12 days ago +1

      *laughs in canadian*

  • Zach Ediger
    Zach Ediger 17 days ago

    I made this today in culinary school and chef was very impressed. I added some sauteed veggies to go with the chicken and rice. Had to make a few changes due to not having all the ingredients. best General tso's chicken ive ever eaten!!

  • Claire McGee
    Claire McGee 18 days ago +2

    No bro. What are you doing with the rice 🙊😭

  • Zack R
    Zack R 18 days ago

    Traditionally you put the corn starch first then the wet mix on the chicken.

  • Taco Time
    Taco Time 19 days ago

    Alright so to begin, since we don’t have a house to make the food in, we will begin by making one

  • Pwebbles
    Pwebbles 19 days ago +1

    Can you please make sweet and sour pork? It'd be fun to try and make at home, I think

  • GoggleKack
    GoggleKack 19 days ago

    im not afraid of spicy things, they just ruin my eating experience.

  • Ken Roberts
    Ken Roberts 20 days ago

    Sesame Seeds! you forgot the sesame seeds

  • Rosie Rolph
    Rosie Rolph 20 days ago +1

    Why do I always watch these videos when I'm hungry and unable to make, or enjoy, any of it?

  • Dopamine
    Dopamine 21 day ago

    My biggest complaint is when the chicken is dry and stringy. I only know 2 takeout places where that doesn't happen.

  • Dood Bob
    Dood Bob 21 day ago

    1:50 Tiny Wisk!!

  • Coolio Ash
    Coolio Ash 22 days ago

    suggestion for basics with babish: indian butter chicken, murgh makhani

  • It's Over 9000 Productions

    I've never seen someone put salt on the rice AFTER its been cooked.

  • Jacob Westphal
    Jacob Westphal 23 days ago

    Sometimes I make this at work I don't bother dregding I use a deep fryer similar to how you'd make buffalo wings

  • Bobert 547
    Bobert 547 23 days ago

    What can I use to replace the vodka. Im only 15 I cant buy alcohol.

    • ZeronFXL
      ZeronFXL 21 day ago

      White grape juice mixed with lime juice

  • GOD
    GOD 23 days ago

    "Imagine a brony creampieing your father."

  • Nafisa Nuzhat
    Nafisa Nuzhat 23 days ago

    Season??? The??? Rice?????

  • Kijune Neo
    Kijune Neo 23 days ago +1

    >dark soy sauce
    >Pours it like it's light soy sauce
    Wait wad.

  • fufufuaru
    fufufuaru 24 days ago +3

    ok but why season the rice if you’re not gonna stir fry it

    • Dramamine
      Dramamine 20 days ago

      this man knows whats up