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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!

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.

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.

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…}

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


  • 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


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.