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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  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish  3 months ago +1927

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

    • Nyan Cat
      Nyan Cat 2 months ago

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

    • Niubility
      Niubility 3 months ago

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

    • Konnor Bailey
      Konnor Bailey 3 months ago

      Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

    • Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat
      Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat 3 months 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 _ 3 months ago

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

  • SelfProclaimedSir
    SelfProclaimedSir 2 days ago

    That looks so freaking tasty oml

  • Annika Lunsford
    Annika Lunsford 3 days ago

    Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.

  • Fraser Morton
    Fraser Morton 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago


  • Brandon Hayden
    Brandon Hayden 6 days ago +1

    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
    Bok Choy Troy 7 days ago

    Nice job !

  • Calcitriol
    Calcitriol 7 days ago +1

    Asian be : NO ONE PUT SALT IN RICE

  • Carolina Sarellano
    Carolina Sarellano 8 days ago +1

    I usually don’t comment old videos, but WHAT A GREAT TASTE IN MUSIC
    Lob u, lob chromeo, lob food

  • FDF flags
    FDF flags 8 days ago +7

    HIM: *add's salt to rice*
    ASIANS: *gets triggered instantly*

    • Michael Huang
      Michael Huang 7 days ago +1

      At least he didn't put something like mayonnaise on it. 😂😂😂

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin 8 days ago

    If you were add chinese chili oil to this recipe where do you think it would fit best?

  • Maria Johnson
    Maria Johnson 8 days ago

    You should make the Mac and cheese from bones season 2 episode 20

  • Barrett Dyson
    Barrett Dyson 8 days ago

    i looked up the chromeo song he was dancing too. guys dont do it. horrible music. great recipe babish.

  • The Imaginary Gallery

    Where is the broccoli?

  • SinfulLegacy
    SinfulLegacy 11 days ago +1

    is this recipe going to be in your book?

  • David watson
    David watson 11 days ago

    Good god😮😮😮😮

  • nmvp1258
    nmvp1258 12 days ago +1

    That's a lot of work and ingredients I don't have. Imma just order it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • Crazy Fathamsta
    Crazy Fathamsta 12 days ago

    TITo's vodka

  • Gage Kulland
    Gage Kulland 12 days ago

    Love the Rolex!

  • motohama
    motohama 12 days ago +2


  • EL Guapo
    EL Guapo 12 days ago

    Ending song please ?

  • Fourthgirl
    Fourthgirl 13 days ago +1

    I've never had General Taos

  • variabl3
    variabl3 13 days ago

    Are you.... are you Ryan Rynolds?

  • Lunatic
    Lunatic 13 days ago

    if you’re under 21 what do you recommend for a replacement for the vodka?

  • Mr Arnold C.E.O for Octa-Corp

    Made these, but didn't make enough sauce (my own error) but still better than take out

  • John Macmillan
    John Macmillan 16 days ago

    Am I the bad guy for no longer being friends with one of the best people ive known because he didnt like general tsos?
    He may or may not be buried under my bushes at this moment.

  • frank datank
    frank datank 17 days ago

    No orange ?

  • aaron rumpza
    aaron rumpza 17 days ago

    Lots of adds. . . sigh

  • EMCEE Kaoz
    EMCEE Kaoz 17 days ago

    Most people in the comment section: You don’t season it, you add salt before you cook it, you add olive oil, you add coconut milk, etc.
    SAME FUCKEN SHIT!!! That’s still seasoning!! Ofc no one in their right mind adds salt after the rice is already cooked but I mean come on!

  • EMCEE Kaoz
    EMCEE Kaoz 17 days ago

    Worst way to make rice

  • Jeffrey Salvador
    Jeffrey Salvador 18 days ago

    Is it pronounce "general so's" or "general chow" ?

    • Tatjana
      Tatjana 15 days ago

      @Jeffrey Salvador i believe so :)

    • Jeffrey Salvador
      Jeffrey Salvador 15 days ago +1

      @Tatjana so what you saying is the world may never know

    • Tatjana
      Tatjana 15 days ago +1

      @Jeffrey Salvador except the dish is entirely american and named after a chinese general whom there's no identifiable connection to. you might argue that the correct pronounciation of the general's name is the correct way to pronounce this dish, but as it's *really* american, the pronounciation might've been faulty to begin with - and nobody knows where it truly originated from in the US.

    • Jeffrey Salvador
      Jeffrey Salvador 16 days ago

      @Tatjana theres gotta be a definite way. I count the T as silent and say general so's

    • Tatjana
      Tatjana 16 days ago

      Jeffrey Salvador either ‚soo‘ or ‚taoo‘, as far as I’ve heard it

  • BimBim
    BimBim 18 days ago

    Is the General Tso's Chicken considered as a Karaage? Or are there a differences about them?

  • Randomwhiteguy U.K.
    Randomwhiteguy U.K. 19 days ago

    Mouth watering

  • BR4s5m0nkey
    BR4s5m0nkey 19 days ago

    RUclip unsubscribed me from you was wondering why I wasn't seeing any videos

  • Street Brands Style
    Street Brands Style 20 days ago

    Wow very nice food..!!! You ar from Greece....?? What is the song in the end of th video..??

  • David Wicke
    David Wicke 20 days ago

    Clean plate club or no?

  • TwoFiftySix
    TwoFiftySix 21 day ago

    Did he say season the rice?

  • Thomas Stewart
    Thomas Stewart 21 day ago

    What’s the deal with kosher salt? I can’t believe that a rabbi blessing the salt improves the taste. Is kosher salt special before its blessed? I’ve never heard a recipe outside of America calling for kosher salt so what’s the secret?

    • Thomas Stewart
      Thomas Stewart 13 days ago

      Thanks for your feedback. It seems like Kosher salt is what call sea salt. Do Americans use the term sea salt to describe coarse salt with irregular shape?

    • sasukedemon8
      sasukedemon8 20 days ago

      @horacefarbuckle it's called kosher salt because it draws out the blood.

    • horacefarbuckle
      horacefarbuckle 20 days ago

      It's called kosher salt not because it is itself kosher, but because it's traditionally the kind of salt used for koshering (the process of salting meat to draw out, I dunno, evil spirits or something). Professionals like it because the grind size makes it easier to dispense by hand than granulated salt. Other than that, it's just salt. No blessings, no taste difference.

  • Ethan Slafter
    Ethan Slafter 21 day ago

    Wow, he actually pronounced sauce PAN correctly.
    Man we sure like to pick on you.

  • sean taylor
    sean taylor 22 days ago

    Will this work with an air fryer?

  • James Lee
    James Lee 22 days ago

    LMAO seasoning white rice

  • Skyler Parsley
    Skyler Parsley 23 days ago

    Can you do cream cheese wontons? I wanna see the babish version

  • Ferrari Paul
    Ferrari Paul 24 days ago

    Okay let's clear this up, I AM NOT afraid of spicy stuff.... It's my ass that's afraid of spicy stuff... so...

  • Captain-usopp31
    Captain-usopp31 24 days ago

    Its tao not tso wtf?

    • sasukedemon8
      sasukedemon8 20 days ago

      General tso and general tao is the exact same dish and the names are synonymous to each other.

  • Grinningd
    Grinningd 24 days ago +4

    Hey Babish thanks for this recipe! I'm from the UK where I've never seen General Tso's on a menu so was very excited to try it. I made it for the family and it was absolutely fantastic and loved by all. Took a little longer than 45 mins but I'm sure I'll get the time down with practice. It has been added to my main menu for 'Random Wednesdays' and am wondering if I can get away with making it two weeks in a row.
    Anyway, can't wait to get your book when it comes out, peace and love from across the pond!

  • Evan Abeling
    Evan Abeling 25 days ago +2

    I would use a wok instead of a sauté pan since it’s much easier to toss the chicken and get a nice even coating of sauce on each piece... also it’s more fun.

  • William Zhang
    William Zhang 25 days ago +10

    Season the rice.
    Gordon Ramsay would like to know your location.

  • Jackie Scam
    Jackie Scam 25 days ago

    So basic! That’s why I like to make it myself

  • Nghi Chau Van Gia
    Nghi Chau Van Gia 26 days ago

    Everything is good up until you season the rice. You don’t.

  • Khanh vũ
    Khanh vũ 27 days ago

    2 pieces of my soul fell out with the nugs

  • Loya Frostwind
    Loya Frostwind 28 days ago

    Chinese cuisine uses a lot of corn starch.

  • Some Weeb
    Some Weeb 28 days ago

    What happens if no vodka?

  • Kami Kuru
    Kami Kuru 28 days ago

    Lol you don't salt white rice

  • betotrono
    betotrono 28 days ago

    damn that's a fuckton of cornstarch

  • Nihal Aulakh
    Nihal Aulakh 29 days ago

    Is it General Tso or General Tao? I work at a Chinese restaurant and it’s General Tao there and the owners are Chinese....... I’m just confused..... which is it?

  • BagelsGamingOnline
    BagelsGamingOnline 29 days ago

    Babish, did you just suggest box rice? Please not be instant

  • Kayo Law
    Kayo Law Month ago

    Forgot msg

  • Lias
    Lias Month ago

    Big saucepan (sauce-pan) Small saucepan (Saucepn)

  • ismail abdelazim
    ismail abdelazim Month ago

    Babish big fan but question, is there an alternative for alcohole in cooking
    I am a muslim so alcohole and pig meat is forbidden for me