General Tso’s Chicken by Appetite for China


Cooking via computer

A couple of weeks ago, at the Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting lots of writers, editors, and authors.  One person I had the chance to talk to was Diana Kuan from the site Appetite for China and the recently published The Chinese Takeout Cookbook.  During the season for Chinese New Year, she’s put together a virtual potluck of seven of the recipes from the book.  Each of the bloggers who make one of the dishes before the end of the festivities is entered into a drawing for some really great prizes.  I haven’t had much chance to participate in blogger events recently with culinary school studies, so I decided to take some time over the holiday weekend to throw together one of the dishes from the book.

Plated dishGeneral Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken is one of my favorite Chinese restaurant dishes, and it was great to find an easy recipe to make this at home.  The crispy chicken had the perfect balance of sweet-tart-spicy when dressed in the sauce.    It was difficult for me not to munch on the searing hot chicken pieces the moment they came out of the fragrant sauce, leaving nothing to plate for the photo.  I used chicken thighs, as the recipe called for, but I also wonder about using chicken breasts or both the next time.  This dish would be a great addition to the Chinese New Year’s celebration table.


Chicken marinating

Chicken in cornstarch

Frying the chicken

Scooping chicken out of the fryer

Pile of crispy fried chicken

Sauce ingredients mixed together

Sauce reducing

Chicken dressed with sauce

General Tso’s Chicken

Buon appetito!


  1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen02-19-2013

    Oh this is delish! We love Gen. Tso and Diana’s recipes are 100% terrific, easy and no-fail. This will go well with her Chinese Barbecued Pork which I also did for the Potluck.Too bad it’s a virtual one or I’d be right over :-) Glad you made this. Thanks for posting the recipe & how-to-do photos!

  2. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand02-19-2013

    I loved that Chinese BBQ Pork that you did. We should have made the virtual potluck a real-life one and watched the last episode of Downton Abbey together!

  3. Diana @ Appetite for China
    Diana @ Appetite for China02-21-2013

    It was such a pleasure meeting you at the cookbook conference too. I’m so glad you liked the General Tso’s Chicken recipe, and hope you continue to make more dishes from the book!

  4. The Experimental Gourmand
    The Experimental Gourmand02-21-2013

    Diana – I’m so looking forward to cooking more from this book and to finding more terrific recipes on your website to try!

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