Gluten-free General Tso’s Chicken!

Gluten-free General Tso’s Chicken!

One time a few years back I tried this thing….this “Master Cleanse”…You might have heard about it. It’s a liquid fast where you only drink water mixed with cayenne, lemon, and maple syrup. Well, anyway, I was supposed to be on it for a full week, but after three days I started to crave some Chinese food in a…well….lets say…violent manner.
It was the middle of winter and I remember leaving my apartment at nearly 10 at night and roaming the streets of Canada for an hour in search of the perfect Chinese food to satisfy my hunger.
The only thing that would make a woman walk the city streets, alone, in the middle of the night, during a cold winter for an hour is…an MSG addiction. I am sure of it.
I think at that moment my body had  started to detox some serious Chinese food and my body was in total rebellion.

Anyway, the point is that I love Chinese food. I have since started to curb my MSG intake, and now that I have celiac, I can no longer order chinese takeout.
So, the next best thing would be making it myself. (however, I will forever miss ordering Chinese take out… with their massive servings, low prices, and of course…fortune cookies…)
So here we will make General Tso’s Chicken. We will make it gluten-free. But most importantly, we will make it delicious.

I would tell you all about the origins of the recipe, but no one really knows where it originated. There are stories….probably New York. But none of that matters when you are having a violent MSG withdraw…so lets get cooking before you get lost in a winter storm.

 Gluten-free General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

Serves 2 small portions or 1 large portion

Cost per serving $2.50

1 large chicken breast-chopped (or two small)
1 egg
1/2 cup cornstarch plus 1/2 Tbsp
1/2 onion-sliced
3 cloves garlic-chopped
3-5 small red chilis some chopped, some whole
1 green pepper-chopped
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/2 Tbsp mirin (sweet rice cooking wine)
2 Tbsp Gluten Free soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Gluten Free oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds
oil for frying
White rice for serving

(note: for extra sauceiness try doubling the liquid ingredients.)

Start by mixing your gluten-free soy sauce, gluten-free oyster sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, sugar and sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.
Chop your garlic, onion and bell peppers.

Warm your frying oil by pouring a few cups of oil into a saucepan and place over med-high heat. In a separate saucepan heat a couple of Tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add your onion, bell pepper and garlic and saute until browned.
Once your vegetables are browned, add your chicken broth and let simmer until vegetables are tender. (Cook for about 10-15 minutes while you are preparing the chicken. If you need more liquid in the pan, add more chicken broth)

Mix sauce, heat oil, chop veges, cook veges

Dice your chicken and set aside. In a separate bowl whisk an egg. Add a little salt and pepper. Add your cut chicken in the egg mixture. Remove chicken from the egg mixture and add to a container with a fitted lit. Add in your cornstarch, cover, and shake until coated well.
Once your oil is hot, carefully add in your chicken and fry until brown, around 5 minutes.
Once done, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to dry.

Make your Chicken!

Once your chicken is done you can make your sauce. Make sure your onions and bell peppers are tender, then add in your soy sauce mixture to the same saucepan. Also add in your chilis. (leave whole or chop for more heat) Before you finish your sauce, taste. Make any adjustments at this time.  Should be slightly sweet and spicy.

Once mixture is heated through, add 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch to thicken sauce. (mix cornstarch with small amount of hot water first.) Once sauce starts to thicken, immediately remove from heat, and stir in your chicken.

Add cornstarch, let thicken and add chicken. Mix to coat!

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice.


General Tso’s…Gluten Free!


Lastly, I recently met an awesome gluten-free blogger named Chandice who does a lot of GF giveaways…If you are gluten intolerant you can check out her site at

Have a wonderful day!


12 comments on “Gluten-free General Tso’s Chicken!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Another great entry! yum yum yum! i’d love to start making my own chinese food. Zach actually puts MSG in his food. Like … why?!

    • Fernando says:

      I finally got auornd to making this and it was very good. Then my husband added some Sirachi sauce (we call it rooster sauce) and it was amazing. This will definitely be my go to recipe for Gen. Tso’s Chicken!

  2. Kathleen Conner says:

    Can you please tell me what brand of GF Hoisin Sauce you’re using? I’ve been looking, and can’t find any!

  3. I use Lee Kum Kee “Panda Brand” greed label. I bought mine at an Asian market, but you can also buy it on their website…
    Make sure its the green label 🙂

    • Kathleen Conner says:

      Oh, thanks so very much. I’ve been looking all over for this,and so many recipes call for it. I’ve printed your recipe above, and am looking forward to trying it! Happy Easter!

    • Rico says:

      I love finding home vioresns of restaurant favorites so I can control the insane amount of oil they use in restaurants. This looks delicious and indistinguishable from what you’d get at PF Chang’s.

  4. Alex says:

    one helpful tip about the rice: IT HAS TO BE CALROSE RICE for it to be the pfreect sticky rice. 😉 my MIL had some jasmine rice and when i made it the way i usually do, it turned out so dry. and not sticky. yuck…. so yes, calrose rice. you can buy a small bag at albertsons. or a huge one at costco.

  5. Sue says:

    The list of ingredients says “hoisin sauce” but the instructions say “oyster sauce” so I’m wondering which should be used. I made this last night for the first time…I had hoisin so wasn’t until I was reading along that I saw the error. No matter…it was AMAZING anyway. I will definitely make again!

  6. LuluTodd says:

    I made this last night and words can’t express my gratitude!!!! It was uber-delicious, just amazing flavor. And on top of that gluten and soy free!!!! My husband was diagnosed with multiple allergies last year and he thought he would never be able to eat General Tso’s again, thank you so much for posting this recipe, you are a lifesaver!!!!!!

    • LuluTodd says:

      just wanted to say THANKS again! I make your recipe for General Tso’s once every week! since my husband has multiple allergies including corn and soy, I make it soy free by substituting the soy sauce/tamari with coconut aminos, exact substitution, and corn-free by using arrowroot starch. I also wanted to let you know that I have made almost all of your recipes and they are all so DELISH!! I make your Korean beef recipe every other week (again subbing the soy sauce/tamari with coconut aminos), and I keep a stash of your dumplings/potstickers in my freezer. my hubby and i really can’t thank you enough. we spend a lot of time hunting down recipes that are above all DELICIOUS and your site is by far the best one yet. i have even go so far as to print multiple copies of all your recipes and keep one set with my “tornado emergency” bag, so i can take these recipes with me when we go to our safe place during tornado warnings! that’s how much we love and covet them. we couldn’t live without them! we hope you will be considering publishing a cookbook someday!!

      • Wow! Thank you so much!
        I haven’t posted a new recipe in a LONG time, but I have been busy cooking and trying some new things.
        I am trying to lean more toward clean eating and non-GMO, (gluten free of course) so maybe I will update my site with some new recipes. Thanks so much for the encouragement, and hopefully you will never need to use your “tornado” copies! 🙂

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