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!

Gluten free general tso chicken with red chili peppers and green onions on white plate with wood chopsticks

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, 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 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 and General Tso’s Chicken Wings.

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.

General tso chicken on a white plate with chopsticks picking up a piece of chicken

How to make Gluten Free General Tso Chicken

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.

Toss cubed chicken breast pieces with cornstarch, salt and pepper. Shake any extra cornstarch from the chicken pieces before pan frying to avoid clumping.

Heat canola oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes.

Add dried red chilies to the skillet with the General Tso sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add scallions and cook for an additional minute.

What to serve with General Tso Chicken

General Tso 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 or steamed broccoli.

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.

General tso chicken on plate with red chilies and scallions

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Gluten Free General Tso Chicken

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!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 741 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Combine the cornstarch, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl, then add the chicken pieces and toss to coat.

  3. Add the remaining 2 tbsp canola oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the chilies, then pour the sauce over the chicken and cook 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the scallions, cook for an additional minute, remove from the stove and serve over rice.

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