Jet Tila's General Tso’s Chicken | In the Kitchen with Jet Tila | Food Network

Jet reveals the secrets to making perfect General Tso’s Chicken at home!
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General Tso’s Chicken
Level: Easy
Total: 30 min
Active: 30 min
Yield: 4 servings



1 1/2 cups (335 grams) broccoli florets
1 1/2 quarts (1.8 liters) vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) for stir-frying
2 pounds (900 grams) boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch (3-centimeter) dice
1 1/2 cups (335 grams) tempura flour, plus 1 cup (223 grams) for dredging
1 cup (240 milliliters) cold water
1/2 onion, cut into large dice
10 to 12 whole dried Thai chiles
1/2 tablespoon (8 grams) minced ginger root
1/2 tablespoon (5 grams) chopped garlic


1/2 cup (90 milliliters) oyster sauce
1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) chili garlic sauce
1/2 cup (95 grams) sugar
6 tablespoons (90 milliliters) white vinegar
2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) soy sauce
1 tablespoon (7 grams) cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) water
1 drop red food coloring (optional)
3 scallions, sliced on the bias


For the chicken: Place your broccoli florets in a medium bowl and add 2 tablespoons water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside until ready to use.

Heat the oil in a 4-quart (3.8-liter) Dutch oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) using a frying thermometer. Rinse the chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Mix 1 1/2 cups (335 grams) of the tempura flour and 1 cup (240 milliliters) water into a thick batter. It should look like thick pancake batter. Dredge the chicken cubes in the 1 cup (223 grams) of tempura flour and then coat them in the batter. Fry them in two batches until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the chicken on paper towels or a rack.

Heat a wok or large skillet to high and add 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of oil. When you see the first wisps of white smoke, stir in the fried chicken, onion, chiles, broccoli, and 1/3 of the ginger and garlic and cook them for about 30 seconds.

For the sauce: While the chicken cooks, add the oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch slurry, red food coloring if using, 1/3 cup water and the remaining chopped ginger and garlic into a 1-quart (946-millileter) saucepan and bring the heat up to medium. Whisk gently as it comes to a simmer. Allow it to simmer and keep whisking it for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and reserve it.

Stir in the sauce and allow it to coat the chicken and simmer. Cook it, folding all the ingredients until they are well coated, about 2 minutes. Garnish with the scallions.

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Jet Tila’s General Tso’s Chicken | In the Kitchen with Jet Tila | Food Network

29 Replies to “Jet Tila's General Tso’s Chicken | In the Kitchen with Jet Tila | Food Network”

  1. 14:51 Unverified scientifically but the use of silicone tip tongs in hot oil may or may not be food-safe for humans?

  2. personally i love the double fry method. makes the chicken super crispy. but this looks good, too.

  3. The best way to peel the skin on ginger is to scrape it with a spoon. No lie, it is by far the best method

  4. "Schmutz" definitely gave it away that you were born in the US. Thank Chef Mike for steaming the broccoli; too many restaurants (Chinese and otherwise) serve nearly raw broccoli. It's not delicious and it's super annoying to pick out the vegetables and give them a nuke. If I wanted to cook I wouldn't order take out. We don't want overcooked broccoli, but we would like it cooked. Please, everyone, forward this video to your (except for the broccoli) favorite Chine restaurant. Oh please, would you move to Queens and open a restaurant.

  5. Jet! Thank you for this great recipe.. and it is so informative and relaxing at the same time just to watch this all the way through. Don’t change a thing, and please keep giving us all this wonderful content. You’re amazing. Huge fan.

  6. I love this in depth video 😊😊 He’s very good at explaining things in a simple, approachable way.

  7. U "cleaned " everything to the floor when u wiped the board and shook the towel

  8. Looks good but all the wasted food during the prep has my anxiety going. I guess I'm like his grandma in that sense… LOL

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