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30-Minute General Tso’s Chicken

30-Minute General Tso’s Chicken

This easy version of a favorite take-out menu staple includes fresh green beans for an added crunch and healthy addition. Ginger, garlic, and honey come together to make a mouth-watering chicken that you’ll make again and again




  1. In a medium bowl, mix 4 tablespoons of the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the rice wine, and the egg white.
  2. Add the chicken and stir to coat.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon each of the cornstarch, soy sauce, and rice wine with ¾ cup of water, the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and ginger.
  4. In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil over high heat. Add the chicken and cook on one side until golden, about 2 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, until golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  5. To the same pan, add the remaining oil along with the garlic. Cook for 15–20 seconds, until garlic is lightly browned.
  6. Add the green beans and cook for 3–4 minutes until bright green.
  7. Add the reserved sauce mixture, stir, and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 1 minute.
  8. Return the chicken to the pan, stir, and cook for an additional 1–2 minutes, until coated.
  9. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top, transfer to a serving dish, and serve with rice.