Get ready to elevate your takeout game with our homemade oven baked General Tso’s Chicken Recipe. Crispy, tangy, and perfectly glazed, this dish brings the iconic flavors of your favorite takeout restaurant straight to your kitchen without the deep fryer fuss. Prepare for a dish that will finally have you saying goodbye to the delivery menu!

Battered, baked chicken pieces is tossed in a red sauce. White sesame seeds are sprinkled on top. A wooden spoon is placed in the same bowl.


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Throw out the takeout menu because we’ve got your cravings covered with our homemade oven baked General Tso’s Chicken recipe. Forget the deep-fryer drama – we’re taking a healthier spin on the dish without compromising an ounce of flavor.

Picture this: crispy, golden chicken pieces bathed in a sweet and tangy sauce. It’s the perfect balance of crunch and saucy satisfaction, and the best part? It can all be made in the oven.

For more Asian-inspired recipes, check out our oven baked orange chicken, Instant Pot bourbon chicken, and our sheet pan sweet and sour chicken recipes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy – you’re seriously going to be amazed at how easy this recipe is to pull together. General Tso’s is no longer a restaurant exclusive – you can make it really simply in your own kitchen!
  • It’s DELICIOUS – if you’ve had General Tso’s chicken before, you know how darn delicious it is. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy – you’re going to love it!

General Tso’s Chicken Recipe Ingredients

I know the ingredient photo may feel a little intimidating – the list isn’t small, but rest assured that it is simple. Find ingredient notes (including substitutions and swaps) below.

Ingredients for General Tsos chicken sit placed in various bowls and plates. All sit on a marble countertop.
  • Arrowroot flour – feel free to substitute the arrowroot flour for cornstarch or tapioca starch if you have either of those on hand already.
  • Chili garlic sauce – this sauce can typically be found at the grocery store, but it may be hard to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. For reference, this is the brand we swear by. If you can’t find it at your local grocery store, feel free to double the amount of garlic for the sauce and add in 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (to taste) instead.

A full ingredient list with exact amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Recipe Variations and Modifications

  • Make it gluten free – use tamari instead of soy sauce to make this recipe gluten free.

How to Make General Tso’s Chicken

The process for making this General Tso’s chicken recipe is really, really easy. Below, you’ll find the step-by-step for the oven method, but if you’ve got an air fryer and would rather go that route, you can find the instructions for that method in the recipe card.

A nonstick baking pan has been greased and sits on a marble countertop.
The results of tossing the cubed chicken breasts and brown sauce mixture are shown in a white bowl with green tongs.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then lightly spray it with the avocado oil spray, or brush it with half of the avocado oil.

Step 2: In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white, corn starch, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat.

Floured chicken cubes lay, evenly distributed, on a nonstick cooking pan.
Battered, cubed chicken has been lightly baked to a golden brown. It sits spaced out on a nonstick baking pan.

Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch, white rice flour, and sea salt. Remove the chicken from the marinade then dredge in the flour mixture, shake off the excess flour, and lay the chicken on the baking sheet.

Step 4: Lightly spray the chicken with avocado oil, or brush it with the remaining oil, then bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, flip the chicken then bake for an additional 15 minutes, until browned and crisp.

Minced garlic, oil, and variety of spices have been added to a nonstick, stovetop pan.
A variety of ingredients and a red sauce are shown in a non stick, stovetop pan after mixing.

Step 5: While the chicken is baking, heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a small pot over medium heat, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant.

Step 6: Add the honey, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and sesame oil, and stir. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbling.

Battered, baked chicken pieces is tossed in a red sauce. White sesame seeds are sprinkled on top. A wooden spoon is placed in the same bowl.

Step 7: In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and cornstarch and stir into the sauce. Let it cook for another 1-2 minutes until it begins to thicken, then remove from heat.

Step 8: Toss the chicken with the sauce, and garnish with white sesame seeds. Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

Use chicken thighs – we opt for chicken thighs here because their higher fat content keeps them from drying out, which means they can bake for longer than a chicken breast, plus they create a crispier coating.

Spritz the chicken with oil – give the chicken a good spray of avocado oil before baking or air frying it. While you can use a brush to spread the oil on the coated chicken pieces, the spray is MUCH easier and creates a more even coating.

Use white rice flour – white rice flour gets the *best* crisp. Brown rice flour is grittier and heftier, so it won’t get nearly as good of a crisp as white rice flour.

Work in batches/spread out – if you’re air frying, work in batches. It’s tempting to pile in all of your chicken in hopes that’ll it’ll turn out okay, but resist the urge! The air fryer works by moving hot air around your food, and an overly-full air fryer isn’t able to do that effectively. If you’re baking your General Tso’s chicken, be sure to spread the chicken out on the sheet pan for the best crisp.

How to Serve

We like to go simple here and serve our General Tso’s chicken with a side of perfectly-cooked white rice and steamed broccoli or steamed green beans.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover General Tso’s chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat it, either pop a serving in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or reheat on a sheet pan in the oven for 7-10 minutes.

general tso's chicken and white rice in a wooden bowl with a fork on a marble surface

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between General Tso’s chicken and orange chicken?

Orange chicken is tangy, fruity, and sweet, while General Tso’s chicken has a bit more spice and umami.

What’s the difference between General Tso’s chicken and sweet and sour chicken?

These two are pretty similar, actually! The biggest difference is that General Tso’s chicken has a bit more heat than sweet and sour chicken. If you’re looking for a really yummy, easy sweet and sour chicken recipe, our sheet pan sweet and sour chicken is a must-try.

If you tried this General Tso’s Chicken or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the 📝 comments below!

Crispy General Tso’s Chicken (Oven & Air Fryer Method!)

5 — Votes 17 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Get ready to elevate your takeout game with our homemade oven baked General Tso's Chicken Recipe. Crispy, tangy, and perfectly glazed, this dish brings the iconic flavors of your favorite takeout restaurant straight to your kitchen without the deep fryer fuss. Prepare for a dish that will finally have you saying goodbye to the delivery menu!

Ingredients  

For the marinade:

  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch may also use an equal amount of arrowroot flour or tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce use tamari for gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the flour coating:

For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons avocado or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce reduce to 1 teaspoon for a mild option*
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch may also use an equal amount of arrowroot flour or tapioca starch
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions 

Oven Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then lightly spray it with the avocado oil spray, or brush it with half of the avocado oil.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white, corn starch, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch, white rice flour, and sea salt.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade then dredge in the flour mixture, then shake off the excess flour and lay the chicken on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the chicken with avocado oil, or brush it with the remaining oil, then bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, flip the chicken then bake for an additional 15 minutes, until browned and crisp.
  • While the chicken is baking, heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a small pot over medium heat, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the honey, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and sesame oil, and stir. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbling, then, in a small bowl, whisk together the broth and cornstarch and stir into the sauce. Let it cook for another 1-2 minutes until it begins to thicken, then remove from heat.
  • Toss the chicken with the General Tso’s sauce then garnish with white sesame seeds. Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy!

Air Fryer Method:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white, corn starch, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch, white rice flour, and sea salt.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade then dredge in the flour mixture, then shake off the excess flour and place the chicken in your air fryer basket in an even layer. To do this, you may have to cook the chicken in two batches.
  • Lightly spray the chicken with avocado oil, or brush it with the remaining oil, then air fry for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • While the chicken is baking, heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a small pot over medium heat, then add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the honey, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and sesame oil, and stir. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbling, then, in a small bowl, whisk together the broth and cornstarch and stir into the sauce. Let it cook for another 1-2 minutes until it begins to thicken, then remove from heat.
  • Toss the chicken with the General Tso’s sauce then garnish with white sesame seeds. Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you can’t find chili garlic sauce, double the amount of garlic for the sauce and use 1/2 – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste) instead.
Recipe Tips:
  • Use chicken thighs – we opt for chicken thighs here because their higher fat content keeps them from drying out, which means they can bake for longer than a chicken breast, plus they create a crispier coating.
  • Spritz the chicken with oil – give the chicken a good spray of avocado oil before baking or air frying it. While you can use a brush to spread the oil on the coated chicken pieces, the spray is MUCH easier and creates a more even coating.
  • Use white rice flour – white rice flour gets the *best* crisp. Brown rice flour is grittier and heftier, so it won’t get nearly as good of a crisp as white rice flour.
  • Work in batches/spread out – if you’re air frying, work in batches. It’s tempting to pile in all of your chicken in hopes that’ll it’ll turn out okay, but resist the urge! The air fryer works by moving hot air around your food, and an overly-full air fryer isn’t able to do that effectively. If you’re baking your General Tso’s chicken, be sure to spread the chicken out on the sheet pan for the best crisp.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.9g | Protein: 29.1g | Fat: 8.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 127.8mg | Sodium: 788.3mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14.4g

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 331
Keyword: air fryer, baked, crispy, general tsao, general tso’s chicken, oven

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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ohhhh man. This is delicious, whole family loved it. (Decreased the spice for the kiddos). Did it in the oven, but next time I’ll try the air fryer. Thank you for another winner!

    1. So glad you love this one, Lindsey! I agree – it is really delicious!!!

    1. That’s so great to hear, Lizzy! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    1. I’m not sure how many cups a serving size is, but there are 5 servings, so I’d just estimate what 1/5th of the finished dish is if you want to stick to exactly 1 serving!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This recipe was so amazing and delicious. Even my “picky” husband liked it and our grown son. They ate all of it and there was none left afterwards.

    1. That’s amazing, Sheila! It’s one of my favorites for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    This is AH-MAZING!! 100% recommend. It was a little time consuming breading the chicken, but the flavor is out of this world! Definitely give this a try.

    1. Yes, I love this dish too, Katy!! So yummy! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. 5 stars
    INCREDIBLE! As a gluten-allergic person I have missed the strong flavor of carry-out Chinese food and this was so much better than anything I could have ordered. It has made our list of top-five meals and I will probably make it once a month. Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. I totally agree. I was absolutely amazed at how delicious this was – Cassy and Amber knocked it out of the park here (as they always do!). It’s definitely a dish to add to the rotation!

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! The came out better than any takeout I have ever had, and it sat lighter in my belly after. This is definitely going into the menu rotation and I can’t wait!

    1. Wahoo! I love this recipe too, Caitlin!! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  6. 5 stars
    We really love this and the orange chicken recipe on your site! I can leave some without sauce for picky kids and everyone is happy!!! Healthier chicken nuggets, and pretty easy 🙂

    1. So awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us, Kristie! We’re glad your family enjoys this recipe!!

  7. I made this for dinner the other night & it is amazing! My hubby and I both agree that it tastes like legit Chinese takeout General Tso’s. Even reheated leftovers were still crunchy and delicious. Definitely will make this again!

    1. Wahoo! We’re SO glad you guys loved it, Christina! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  8. 5 stars
    Amazing! One of my favorite recipes. Served it with brown rice and broccoli. I could eat this every day.

  9. 5 stars
    My husband commented “this is one of the best things you’ve ever made.” ❤️ (I’ve been cooking for him for 20 years.) This recipe was super tasty and crispy and the sauce…..WoW! We will be having it again soon!

    1. Wahoo! So awesome, Hilary! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  10. 5 stars
    I saw the step by step instructions in your Instagram stories and realized I had everything on hand to make it myself. It was such a treat! It was like having a Chinese take-out but without the nasty side effects on my stomach! I made it in the oven and it was crunchy and delicious, thanks for sharing.

    1. SO glad you love this recipe as much as we do, Anne!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  11. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING!!! So delicious and so easy to make. Also served it with broccoli, perfect combo. Thanks, certainly going to become a favorite!

    1. We’re so glad you loved this, Linda!! It’s a good one, for sure!!

  12. Looks SO yummy! Is there any substitute for the white rice flour? Thanks!

    1. You can try using brown rice flour, but it won’t be quite as crispy. Some have had success with using all arrowroot (no white rice flour), but we haven’t tried it so we can’t guarantee the outcome!