Healthier General Tso's Chicken
Healthier General Tso's Chicken

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With all of the frying, the breading, and the starch in the classic recipe, you might think that eating General Tso’s chicken would be completely off the table.

Think again.

This Healthier General Tso’s Chicken is made with tender chicken breast, a host of authentic aromatics and spices, and sweetened with pure maple syrup.

A single order General Tso’s at any restaurant bring with it a hefty helping of saturated fat and calories. Try this healthier version instead and enjoy the taste and just 183 calories per serving.

Healthier General Tso's Chicken
4.2 from 5 votes

Healthier General Tso’s Chicken

 This Healthier General Tso's Chicken is made with tender chicken breast, a host of authentic aromatics and spices, and sweetened with pure maple syrup.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword healthier general tso's chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 183 kcal
Author Openfit


  • 1 lb. raw chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. cornstarch divided use
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-natural tomato paste no added sugar
  • 2 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. dried Thai chiles optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  3. Place chicken, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl; toss until well coated. 

  4. Place chicken in a single layer on prepared baking sheet; bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through. 

  5. While chicken is baking, heat oil, garlic, and ginger in large skillet over medium heat; cook for 1 to 2 minutes.  

  6. Add soy sauce, broth, vinegar, tomato paste, hoisin sauce, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 4 to 5 minutes. 

  7. Dissolve remaining 1 tsp. cornstarch in cold water; add to soy sauce mixture. Gently boil, stirring frequently, for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.

  8. Add cooked chicken to sauce, coating thoroughly. 

  9. Serve chicken sprinkled with sesame seeds, green onions, and chiles (if desired).

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier General Tso’s Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 839mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g 48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.