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This healthier General Tso’s chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It’s the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it’s ready in just 25 minutes!

This healthier General Tso's chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

My husband and I always pick a show to watch at night while we are winding down. For years we have been switching back and forth between Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock. I have watched both of those shows so many times I could (and probably do) quote them in my sleep. I slip funny little one liners into conversations as if other sane people actually remember jokes from episodes that aired 6 years ago. Well, my husband said he was tired of our usual shows so he said we should re-watch The Office.

Here is the thing – I freaking LOVED The Office. I loved it so much I still talk about it like it’s on TV and that people actually care. BUT I never finished the show. After Michael left I just couldn’t get into the show. I was too emotionally attached to a fictional character. We are now on season 5 so I guess Michael will be leaving soon and I’ll finally finish the show.

It better not suck.

This healthier General Tso's chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

So while I’m worried about how The Office will end (yes, it’s still not been spoiled for me) I’m not really worried about dinner. This healthier General Tso’s chicken is 100% in my rotation and it ROCKS! It’s made in only 25 minutes and it puts that gross take-out version to shame. It’s a little bit healthier for you since I cut out the breading and the frying and instead opted for just plain chicken breast. Once it goes into that sauce you don’t need all that breading anyway – am I right?

The sweetness can be adjusted to your personal preference. I liked it at 3 tablespoons but I think my husband would have preferred just a tad sweeter. Little changes like that are always doable and what makes cooking at home worth it. If I order out and my General Tso’s is too sweet I’m pretty much shit out of luck. If I make it at home I can adjust all my flavors from sweet to heat.

This healthier General Tso's chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

I like to serve this over some rice with a big side of green vegetables. It’s super filling and won’t have doing the whole take-out questioning of “what did they put in this?”

{Looking for more take-out fake-out recipes? Try my 20 minute healthier orange chicken, spicy beef with peanuts, spicy cashew chicken or my spicy pork noodle bowl. <– ummmm I think I like spicy…}

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Healthier General Tso's Chicken

This healthier General Tso's chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1-1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dried Thai birds eye chilies
  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine
  • 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 2 green onions, greens parts thinly sliced

Directions:

In a large 12 inch nonstick skillet set over medium high heat add coconut oil. Once the oil is hot add in the chicken and cook until lightly browned and fully cooked - about 8 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and place the pan back on the heat. Add in remaining 1 teaspoon coconut oil and once the oil is hot add in the garlic and ginger. Cook for about 30 seconds or just until fragrant.

Add in the chicken stock, chilies, soy sauce, coconut palm sugar, rice wine vinegar, sherry wine and hoisin sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes to help combine the flavors.

In a small bowl whisk together corn starch and cold water. Add the cornstarch mixture to the skillet on the stove top. Stir to combine.

Add the chicken back to the pan and continue cooking just until the mixture is thick and coats the chicken.

Sprinkle green onions on the top and serve over rice with a side of vegetables if desired.

Note: The peppers are spicy so use more or less depending on your love of spice. Also be careful when stirring the mixture that you don't break up the peppers. Releasing the seeds into the dish will make it even spicier. Oh and please don't eat the peppers whole. They are spicy and you'll probably really end up regretting it.

This healthier General Tso's chicken is a quick and easy meal for your weeknight rush. No breading or frying and made with a flavor packed homemade sauce. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

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Friday 28th of August 2020

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Meghan Ortiz

Friday 2nd of February 2018

Would it be okay to use ground ginger in a pinch? I just got home and do not want to leave the house again - hence healthy takeout!

Debbie

Saturday 26th of March 2016

This looks SO good..I am in Canada in a small town and don't think I'll be able to find those peppers. Any suggestions for something to substitute?

nutmegnanny

Saturday 26th of March 2016

Hi Debbie! If you can't find peppers you can always just add in some crushed red pepper flakes to get a bit of spice. I know I have had good luck finding the dried peppers on Amazon http://amzn.to/1ZDH6g2 I hope you give the recipe a try and love it!

Lauren

Saturday 12th of March 2016

I just stumbled upon your site via Julie at Table for Two...this recipe looks amazing! I must also tell you that I bawled my eyes out when Michael left "The Office", and I really wasn't sure I could continue watching...but I did, and I'm so glad you are going to, because I don't think you'll be disappointed. There are points when it's REALLY hard to continue, but my advice is to power through. "The Office" is definitely in my top five favorite shows of all time. Enjoy...and thanks for this fabulous recipe. We'll definitely be trying it soon.

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

Friday 11th of March 2016

I love this version so much more than the one that I get from the local takeout here. It looks beyond scrumptious!

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