General Tso’s Chicken with Spiced Sesame Rice

  • Yield : 2 to 4 servings
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 30m
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  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese yellow bean paste or yellow miso
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 4 whole dried Sichuan or arbol chiles
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed, left whole
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chunked into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoshing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 large red pepper, chunked into 1-inch squares
  • 4 scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups white jasmine rice, cooked, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Ground chili powder or cayenne pepper, for sprinkling


Step 1

For the chicken: Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and white pepper in a large bowl. Add the cornstarch and mix well.

Step 2

For the sweet sauce: Stir together the bean paste, light soy, chili sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and dark soy in a large bowl until combined and set aside.

Step 3

For the stir-fry: Heat a wok over high heat until it starts to smoke. Pour in the peanut oil, and then stir-fry the chiles and garlic for a few seconds. Toss in the onions and stir-fry, about 1 minute. Then add the chicken and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. As the chicken starts to turn opaque, add the peanuts, if using, and rice wine. Cook for another 3 minutes, and then pour in the sweet sauce.

Step 4

Add the red pepper and cook the chicken in the sauce until cooked through and the sauce has reduced and become slightly sticky with a thicker consistency, about 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook, tossing, about 30 seconds. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter.

Step 5

Serve immediately with rice sprinkled with sesame seeds and chili powder.

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