Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken
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Gluten Free General Tso Chicken is easy to make in only 20 minutes! This recipe is healthy & even better than Chinese takeout with the most delicious General Tso sauce!
In the blogging world, I’d say that I’m most known for my recipes with buffalo sauce. But coming in at a close second are my gluten free Chinese recipes!
Around the same time I started blogging in 2011, my brother was diagnosed with celiac disease. He asked me to recreate some of his Chinese food favorites to make them gluten free.
Being the wonderful sister that I am (haha!) I obliged and created some of his favorite recipes. This Gluten Free Orange Chicken is his all-time favorite. But these recipes for Gluten Free Honey Chicken and Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken, both come in at a close second!
Typically, general tso’s consists of battered, deep fried chicken thighs, covered in hoisin sauce. I made this recipe healthy and gluten free by lightly pan frying the chicken, instead of deep frying it. I also used chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs.
Chicken breast meat is lower in calories and fat, creating a healthier dish. I switched up the general tso sauce recipe to give it a similar taste to hoisin without the gluten.
The sauce is slightly spicy and so delicious! It’s so good that I’ve also used it to make General Tso’s Vegetarian Noodle Stir Fry, General Tso’s Chicken Wings and General Tso’s Cauliflower.
You can actually double, or triple, the sauce ingredients in this recipe. Keep the extra sauce on hand to make more chicken, noodle stir fry or chicken wings throughout the week. The sauce will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Table of contents
Step by step instructions
- Prepare the sauce. In a medium bowl whisk canola oil, gluten free soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha and honey together. Add garlic, ginger, Chinese five spice and crushed red pepper flakes. Set the sauce aside.
- Batter the chicken. Toss cubed chicken breast pieces with cornstarch, salt and pepper. Shake any extra cornstarch from the chicken pieces before pan frying to avoid clumping.
- Pan fry the chicken. Heat canola oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes.
- Finish the dish. Add dried red chilies to the skillet with the General Tso sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add scallions and cook for an additional minute.
If you can’t find dried red chilies, simply substitute in 1 teaspoon of red chili pepper flakes. Minced serrano chili peppers or Thai chilies can also be used to add more heat to the dish.
The dried red chilies are there mostly to flavor and spice up the dish. They can be eaten as part of the dish, but warning, they’re SPICY!
What to serve with it
General Tso’s Chicken is commonly served with white or brown rice. It can also be served with rice noodles. For a healthier option, serve the chicken with cauliflower rice, steamed broccoli or lettuce wraps.
Frequently asked questions
- Is General Tso Chicken bad for you? Traditional general tso chicken is loaded with sodium and calories. This gluten free, pan fried version has half the calories of traditional Chinese restaurant General Tso’s Chicken and 20% less sodium. It also contains significantly less fat and is loaded with Vitamin C, providing 327% of the daily value recommended.
- Is General Tso Chicken spicy? Yes, this General Tso Chicken recipe does have a nice kick to it! The dried red chili peppers and crushed red pepper flakes can be omitted or reduced for a less spicy dish.
More gluten free Chinese recipes
Create an entire Gluten Free Chinese menu at home with these delicious gluten free recipes!
- Gluten Free Chinese Honey Chicken
- Sweet & Sour Chicken Fried Rice
- Gluten Free Kung Pao Beef & Noodle Bowl
- Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Shishito Shrimp Stir Fry
- Healthy Chinese Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Gluten Free General Tso Chicken
- 3 tbsp canola oil, divided
- ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp fresh garlic, crushed
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- ½ tsp chinese five spice
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into large chunks
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 8 small dried red chilies
- ¼ cup scallions, sliced
- In a medium bowl, whisk 1 tbsp canola oil with the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, honey, garlic, ginger, chinese five spice and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Combine the cornstarch, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl, then add the chicken pieces and toss to coat.
- Add the remaining 2 tbsp canola oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes.
- Add the chilies, then pour the sauce over the chicken and cook 2-3 minutes.
- Add the scallions, cook for an additional minute, remove from the stove and serve over rice.
- This dish is SPICY! To reduce the spice, omit or cut down on the red pepper flakes in the sauce and the dried red chilies.
- If you can’t find dried red chilies, additional red pepper flakes, minced serrano pepper or minced thai chilies can be used instead.
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31 Comments on “Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken”
This was a very good recipe! 🙂 Everyone loved it!
I made this for my family last night and everyone loved it! My daughters only complaint was that it was too spicy for her (everyone else thought it was perfect). I’m hoping to make this again so what would you recommend doing to make it a little less spicy? Thanks!
Just did this recipe tonight. Delicious! I didn’t have Chinese 5 spice so used garam masala instead. Came out great!!
Thank you 💞
Delicious!! Definitely very spice, so we added extra honey to ours for a little more sweetness. It was incredible! No leftover and I even doubled the portion for our household of 3!
Wonderful! Love to hear that Marissa!
This was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! I only did 1/2 tsp of sriracha and I also didn’t add the peppers and the pepper flakes so my toddler could enjoy it too. I also forgot the vinegar but it was still delicious! My picky 2.5 year old even enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am going to make it at-least once a week from now on!
Wonderful Olivia! I love to hear that, thanks so much for sharing!
We all love chicken in our family and this one recipe looks great for me to try this weekend.
This is such a great weeknight meal to share with friends knowing it’ll meet their dietary needs! Thank you!
Love love love how this is gluten free! Makes it so much easier to feed family members.
Love to hear that Katie! Glad you’re enjoying the recipe!
This looks delicious
Seriously this was a great recipe, been looking for good gluten free Asian food thanks a ton
Fantastic Sanjay! Love to hear that! Thanks for sharing!
It was amazing!! Thank you!
Love to hear that Leyda! Thanks so much for your feedback!
Thank you for this recipe, it’s now a family favourite. Easy, healthy and delicious. Spice level was perfect.
Hi Beatriz, thanks so much for sharing! I love to hear that!
This was an easy, delicious recipe. However, I would dial it back on the Siracha–burned our lips!
Hi Roberta, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I understand that everyone’s spice level varies, so sorry that this was a little too spicy for you!
This is delicious! Thank you! My family is ordering Chinese tonight so I decided to cook this up so I can join them. Stupid wheat allergy.
This was amazing! I love that it had a little kick of spiciness to it. I made a double batch and by the time my husband got to try it, I had eaten all but the last serving! He’s requested that I make it again and show a little more self control this time so he can enjoy some too lol 😉
I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and just wanted to thank you for an absolutely delicious meal. I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes. Thank you!!
Hi Fiona, I’m so glad you found the recipe on Pinterest and enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing! Let me know what you try next 🙂
What would you recommend for a substitute for the honey?
Hi Sue, maybe try maple syrup!
I use brown sugar instead of honey… works great!
I made this today. So excellent. I cannot do soy sauce so I needed to substitute Worcestershire sauce. It worked for me. Love it!!
Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing Tamra! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it 🙂
This was way, way too spicy for us, but the flavor was great. I am going to try it again with only a teaspoon of sriracha and less chilies.
Hi Stacey, I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor, I totally understand that everyone has a different level of spice they like, I hope you enjoy it next time with a little less spice 🙂