General Tso’s Chicken Thighs

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

General Tso's Chicken Thighs | Fabtastic Eats

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! 😉 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 Tso’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 450°
  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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