General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

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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: www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/04/the-best-general-tsos-chicken-food-lab-chinese-recipe.html
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










评论 3 974
Binging with Babish
Binging with Babish 4 个月 前
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Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat 3 个月 前
I find it a crime punishable with jail time if you eat General Tso's chicken without fried rice.
Niubility 4 个月 前
You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!
Konnor Bailey
Konnor Bailey 4 个月 前
Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning
Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat
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 _ 4 个月 前
Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?
Jennifer Van Osdel
Jennifer Van Osdel 2 小时 前
Why would you season the rice with salt at the end? smh latina me is like no no no
K' birdie
K' birdie 天 前
I got two questions for this ep. first what is Jiminy cricket and second, what did u do with those two egg yolks?
Michael's Eats
Michael's Eats 4 天 前
Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?
Timefliesbye 5 天 前
I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.
Garrett Rush
Garrett Rush 6 天 前
Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish
Zach Bunch
Zach Bunch 6 天 前
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.
Visiblur 6 天 前
Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American
The Imaginary Gallery
What is wrong with using the egg yolk?
Alex delos Reyes
is seasoning rice a thing in america?
Zach Bunch
Zach Bunch 6 天 前
I never have but my grandmother's from Okinawa so seaweed is usually that bit of salt we have with it.
G-Unit1111 9 天 前
Chromeo FTW!!!
Lusamini 9 天 前
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 😂😭
zuljjin 9 天 前
"little bit of kosher salt"
Ravenous-wolf 311
Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?
GameCritic101 12 天 前
Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?
Jim Bridger
Jim Bridger 12 天 前
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.
Robbie S
Robbie S 7 天 前
I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?
Diego Cervantes
Diego Cervantes 8 天 前
Go to a different supermarket?
RamRanch Dressing
You don't have an asian market where you live?
Jonathan Neal
Jonathan Neal 10 天 前
Time to hunt them down at the small local places
Sammy Zonna
Sammy Zonna 13 天 前
you are bald but have an amazing beard
Grammar Nazi
Grammar Nazi 14 天 前
Shave your beard off asshole.
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes 15 天 前
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,...wow, 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!
Sir Parkington
Sir Parkington 4 天 前
@Billy Hughes Thank you very much
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes 4 天 前
@Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.
Sir Parkington
Sir Parkington 4 天 前
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
Jared Blume
Jared Blume 15 天 前
Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅
Alexis Rondeau
Alexis Rondeau 16 天 前
Where the fuck is the sesameee
Pintobean 16 天 前
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.
Kevin R
Kevin R 17 天 前
This looks to be pretty similar to Kenji's recipe....
Not Your Average Person 000
I’m not old enough to drink is there a substitute for vodka I could use
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
Joshua P.
Joshua P. 22 天 前
Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul
Nils R.
Nils R. 22 天 前
Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.
HyunTK 23 天 前
Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.
Red Robin
Red Robin 23 天 前
what shit idea of an idea lib tard
Red Robin
Red Robin 23 天 前
sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard
Red Robin
Red Robin 23 天 前
100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong
Joseph Trethewey
Joseph Trethewey 24 天 前
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 :)
That looks so freaking tasty oml
Annika Lunsford
Annika Lunsford 28 天 前
Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.
Annika Lunsford
Annika Lunsford 23 天 前
stonybear thank you!
random 26 天 前
potato starch
Fraser Morton
Fraser Morton 29 天 前
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.
zack tivey
zack tivey 29 天 前
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.
Dead Serious
Dead Serious 个月 前
Brandon Hayden
Brandon Hayden 个月 前
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
Bok Choy Troy Cooking Show
Nice job !
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