It’s baked, not fried! This Dump-and-Bake General Tso Chicken is a lighter, healthier version of the Chinese restaurant classic. With just one dish and about 10 minutes of prep, it’s even better than take-out!
So…calling this “General Tso Chicken” might be a bit of a stretch. It’s definitely not authentic Chinese cuisine — but I’m not an authentic Chinese gal, either.
Now that I think about it, the General Tso Chicken that we all know and love from our favorite Chinese restaurant isn’t exactly “authentic” Chinese cuisine either. Instead, it’s an Americanized version of Chinese food, which still happens to be incredibly tasty!
So I’ve just put my own dump-and-bake spin on the Americanized version of Chinese food. And it doesn’t really matter! Whether you call it General Tso Chicken or something else entirely, the bottom line is that this Asian-inspired meal is about to be devoured by every single member of your household…and that’s what I call a success!
Did I mention that my General Tso Chicken is baked, not fried? That means that you won’t feel weighed-down and sick to your stomach after your meal, you won’t have to stand at the stove with a hot pot of oil to tediously fry individual pieces of meat, and you won’t have to spend your precious money on overpriced restaurant fare. WIN-WIN-WIN!
This is lighter, healthier, and dare-I-say BETTER than the original!
I’ve created a sweet and savory sauce that you whisk together and pour over your raw chicken. It all bakes together in one dish as the sauce bubbles and thickens.
Stir in some peanuts at the end for crunch, garnish with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality meal ready in minutes (without many dishes to wash at the end)!
Serve the General Tso Chicken over rice (or over cauliflower rice for an even lighter dish), with plenty of extra sauce spooned over top. We love it with steamed broccoli tossed into the mix as well!
This is one meal that your whole family can enjoy together — no breaded, fried chicken necessary!
DUMP-AND-BAKE GENERAL TSO CHICKEN
Dump-and-Bake General Tso Chicken
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic I like to use a squeeze bottle of minced garlic from the produce section as a shortcut
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes add more for a spicier dish or omit for a mild dish
- ¼ cup peanuts
- Optional garnish: sliced green onions toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a medium baking dish with cooking spray (I have used a deep 9-inch by 6-inch dish and an 11-inch by 7-inch dish, and both work well).
- Place chicken in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with cornstarch and toss to coat.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together chicken broth, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, salt, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to combine.
- Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir, return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened.
- Remove from oven, stir in peanuts. Season with additional salt and red pepper flakes, to taste. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds just before serving.
Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and bake the chicken in a smaller dish. The cooking instructions remain the same.
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