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General Tso’s Chicken Thighs

Takeout-fakeout…General Tso’s Chicken Thighs at home! Easy, tasty, and sure to please!

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You know how you have a favorite Chinese takeout place close by? And you know how you probably tried about 36 different ones before you finally found *the one* know what I’m talking about. Finding the best chinese food can be hard work! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well that’s what we went through in Maine before we found our favorite.

I’ve mentioned before that my husband isn’t the biggest chinese food fan, but when we found a place that he actually liked, I was able to convince him to get it a few times.

General Tso's Chicken Thighs | Fabtastic Eats

Then we had to move completely across the country, and into a place that is three times as populated as Maine was, so the amount of chinese takeout has basically tripled. And now our search has started all over again…tough, huh?

Well, for now, I try to make it at home sometimes. It’s tasty, probably better for us, (definitely), but I’m usually not looking to eat healthy when I order chinese takeout anyways..bring on the fried rice and all that thick, perfect sauce! This General Tso’s Chicken is easy and super good! If you’re not a fan of thighs, toss some cooked chicken breasts up in the sauce, because for real..the sauce MAKES it!

General Tso's Chicken Thighs | Fabtastic Eats

General Tsoโ€™s Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 Chicken Thighs

Takeout-fakeout...General Tso's Chicken Thighs at home! Easy, tasty, and sure to please!


  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1" ginger, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced green onions
  • 2 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 3 teaspoons chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, over medium-low heat, heat up the seasme oil.
  2. Add the minced garlic, ginger, green onions, and orange zest. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the rice vinegar and soy sauce. In a small cup, whisk together the water and cornstarch, then add it to the pan.
  4. Whisk in the honey, peanut butter, and chili paste. Reduce heat to low, and stir occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 450ยฐ
  6. In an oven proof skillet, over medium-high heat, heat up the olive oil.
  7. Sear the chicken thighs on each side, until golden brown.
  8. Drizzle about 1/2-3/4 of the sauce over the chicken thighs and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  9. When you remove them from the oven, drizzle the remaining sauce on top of each thigh. Enjoy!

Inspired by Bakeaholic Momma

Sauce adapted from All Recipes

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  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Loveeee this!! General Tso’s is both Kev and I’s favorite Chinese dish, but it’s just so bad for you, so I’m kind of obsessed with this. Annnnnnddd I totally am posting a healthy farro fried rice tomorrow, these would go with perfectly!!!

    April 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I know it iss..sometimes it’s totally worth it though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love your healthy rice! What a great combo it would be!

      April 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Rachel Cooks

    Sesame oil — *sniff sniff* ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    Why does my kid have to be allergic to sesame?!? Boo.

    Anyways, looks amazing!

    April 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Well thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ You could always Just sub out it out for regular oil, it will only alter the taste slightly.

      April 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm
      • Reply Rachel Cooks

        Good point. I didn’t even think that far because I’m grieving the loss of all things sesame in my life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        April 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm
        • Reply Alaina

          Wellll you could have it and not share! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          April 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Marianne Doyle

    Alaina, This looks fabulous. Is there a substitute for the peanut butter?

    April 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      The peanut butter really isnt that strong of a flavor at all, you hardly taste it, but if you really don’t like I would just eliminate it! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    This recipe looks very tasty! Did you use boneless skinless thighs?

    April 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I did use bone in, with the skin on, but I’m betting boneless and skinless would be just as great!

      April 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    So I just saw these on Pinterest and was like WHOA those look way better than my sweet and sour chicken thighs, better then my general tso’s chicken tenders. I think I need to tackle these next. I’m all for take out at home… since we moved last June we have yet to find THE take out place for us… we have hit every pizza shop and Chinese place in the Manchester area with no luck ๐Ÿ™

    April 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah no they do not! Your sweet and sour ones were the inspiration for these! (as quoted!) I’m dying to try those ones as well…sweet & sour are my hubs favorite! That seriously blows that you haven’t found a place yet ๐Ÿ™ I feel your pain, but ugh, what a let down! goodluck looking!

      April 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply julia

    Love this chicken recipe! I am a big fan of general tsaos chicken so this is right up my alley!

    April 25, 2014 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Alaina

      So are we! Thanks Julia!

      April 25, 2014 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Pat

    I want to make this for my family but not sure what chili paste to use, I only have the Chinese chili sauce…what brand or type did you use to make this?

    May 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      You could probably sub it with the chinese chili sauce. I used Sambal Oelek. (It’s a clear bottle, with a gold label, and green cover.) Hope this helps!!

      May 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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  • Reply Brianna

    LOVED THESE! It turned out so good! Rarely do I find something on Pinterest that comes out as good as it looks.

    February 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh Im so, so happy that you enjoyed them! Pinterest can definitely be tricky sometimes, I hear yah! But Im really happy these turned out so good for you! thank you!

      February 28, 2016 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Debi

    I made this times 4 except for the soy sauce and rice vinegar, only doubled them. The sauce seemed super salty until we ate it with the chicken. Served with rice and it was delicious. To avoid such a mess on the stove I will try baking first, draining and adding sauce next time. Thanks for the recipe!

    March 9, 2016 at 6:50 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Im so glad you enjoyed it! thank you!

      March 9, 2016 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Tamara

    Question: What type of sesame oil is used in this?
    I have 2 different kinds. One that is a cooking oil–expeller pressed unrefined sesame oil, and one that says pure sesame oil, but when I look at the back ingredients it says “sesame seed oil”. Confusing because they both say “sesame oil” on the front, but are clearly different. The first one is golden in color like most cooking oils are (with a very light nutty scent), and the second bottle almost looks brown and has a very strong sesame scent to it. If i could attach a picture, I would.

    October 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I use the pure sesame oil (the sesame seed oil) the dark brown one. hope this helps!

      October 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

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