General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

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General Tso's can be more than the saccharine, gloopy sauce soaked into flabby, over-breaded chicken to which we've become accustomed. With just a little technique and a little love, the 45-minute wait for this takeout mainstay can be better spent making it yourself.
Recipe: basicswithbabish.co/basicsepisodes/generaltsoschicken
Adapted from Serious Eats: www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/04/the-best-general-tsos-chicken-food-lab-chinese-recipe.html
+ Ingredients & Shopping List
For the chicken and marinade:
2 egg whites
3 Tbsp dark soy sauce
3 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
3 Tbsp vodka
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
+ For the breading:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp reserved marinade
For the sauce:
4 Tbsp dark soy sauce
4 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 Tbsp chicken stock
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp roasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
6 scallions
4 cloves garlic
2 inch piece of ginger
6-12 arbol chiles (optional)
+ Special equipment:
Large pot deep enough for frying
Music by Chillhop: chillhop.com/listen
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18 ก.ค. 2019






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Binging with Babish
Binging with Babish 11 หลายเดือนก่อน
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junior & camryn cortez 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
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TheRAMBO9191 3 หลายเดือนก่อน
Eat some meat you got chicken neck bro
Suha Ffuy
Suha Ffuy 5 หลายเดือนก่อน
What if you can't use alcohol!?
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi
Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi 6 หลายเดือนก่อน
Why is the last video on private?
PlanetMars 2030
PlanetMars 2030 6 หลายเดือนก่อน
@Binging with Babish hi. Not sure why, but apparently in Canada, we call it General Tao's Chicken🤷🏻‍♂️. Same thing. Not sure why two neighbouring countries have different ways of spelling the same dish🤔. Very informative video as usual👌🏻😎
xXPurple Fire22Xx
xXPurple Fire22Xx 4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
Make a dish from the anime “Food wars” 🙌🏼
Stephen Attwood
Stephen Attwood วันที่ผ่านมา
Anyone click thinking this was a last air bender video?
Toby Shew
Toby Shew วันที่ผ่านมา
If you omit the chiles its not General Tso's!
David Santiago
David Santiago วันที่ผ่านมา
One of my all time favorites, that and pork egg fu young.
xonestudio 2 วันที่ผ่านมา
I thought general tso was the owner at my restaurant
Thanh Hai Stephan
Thanh Hai Stephan 2 วันที่ผ่านมา
Greetings from Germany! Yesterday I saw this video, this evening I tried it. My kitchen looks like a battlefield but my tummy is full with rice and delicious chicken. It was very spicy, I overdid it with the chilis and I have no clue what your American measurements cups, tablespoons and teaspoons mean, obviously not what they mean in Germany, but It was very good. You say truth and I say thank you. Long days and pleasant nights to you!
Dead Gorgon
Dead Gorgon 2 วันที่ผ่านมา
I usually marinate my chicken in its batter and then double fry it
Ji M
Ji M 3 วันที่ผ่านมา
This comment section made me start putting salt on rice lmao
Tavis Comee
Tavis Comee 5 วันที่ผ่านมา
Made this today, its pretty good, I went to light on the peppers but otherwise enjoyed it.
Imran Zia
Imran Zia 5 วันที่ผ่านมา
My sauce came out pretty dark
TJ 6 วันที่ผ่านมา
we don't get general tso's in the uk so i kinda wanna try making this
Sean Lee
Sean Lee 6 วันที่ผ่านมา
Any substitute for vodka?
Diana America Rivero
Diana America Rivero 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
General Tso's must be an east coast thing cuz I've only ever had it in NYC. In California, we have orange chicken which is both awful and mouthwateringly delicious.
Diana America Rivero
Diana America Rivero 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
"God this is terrible, and yet I can't stop eating it...SO GOOD" must be every immigrant kid's reaction to American bastardization of foreign food. Taco Bell/Del Taco is NOTHING like the Mexican food I grew up eating but I won't be kicking that Dorritos Locos Taco out of bed or those pillowy soft chicken tacos from Del.
Tonya Lucas Smith
Tonya Lucas Smith 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
Now, can you do fried rices?
Daniel Jacobovitz
Daniel Jacobovitz 9 วันที่ผ่านมา
Wow... One of your videos that doesn't scare me at the difficulty level... Bravo...
Randomusername59 _
Randomusername59 _ 10 วันที่ผ่านมา
Beating until it becomes frothy. Just saying after that it looks like uhhh... stuff.
Mike Weinstein
Mike Weinstein 11 วันที่ผ่านมา
Jesus christ. There's like 200 ingredients in this dish. It looks delicious but it's gotta be expensive to buy.
Bonny S
Bonny S 9 วันที่ผ่านมา
~giggle~ There is actually 14 components, several of which are used more than once. I just buy one ingredient (maybe two, if I'm feeling flush) at a time until I have everything I need. The sauces and wine will last FOREVER so even if you made this once a month, you have enough for the entire year. Besides, these are also basics needed for all kinds of other Asian dishes. 🙂
Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon 11 วันที่ผ่านมา
You salt your rice after its done cooking?
Anish Phabiani
Anish Phabiani 12 วันที่ผ่านมา
Should’ve made it a south park reference
Nuper In Nocte
Nuper In Nocte 12 วันที่ผ่านมา
I'll save time and money by just ordering from the local Chinese restaurants.
Bonny S
Bonny S 9 วันที่ผ่านมา
Which works fine if it's a decent place. My local (and only) Asian place is so gross. You can literally squeeze the grease out of their battered chicken. The egg rolls aren't bad, as long as you don't eat the filling. The dog learned to sit by eating the ribs, but humans don't have the jaw strength to chew them. 💁‍♀️
Ed Bicknell
Ed Bicknell 13 วันที่ผ่านมา
Just tried this recipe because General Tso's doesn't exist in the UK and an American friend is always ranting how good it is. My verdict, WOW, WOW, WOW, despite making a few substitutions here and there, the flavours were restaurant quality and this is easily my best attempt at replicating a Chinese meal. Absolutely, loved it - big thumbs up from the UK.
Evan Auer
Evan Auer 14 วันที่ผ่านมา
Impeach General TSO!
Bubble Bass
Bubble Bass 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
Do I need the alcoholic make the marinade? I’m underage and I want to make it but I can’t buy alcohol. Any substitutes?
Blake Welch
Blake Welch 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
His intro literally gets me so excited, like I don’t even care what happens afterwards
Carbon 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
I'd make this but I'm not sure there's enough corn starch in the world
Boris Leviathen
Boris Leviathen 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
😱😱😱 babby cooks rice froma packet, I feel betrayed
BIGESCA 57 16 วันที่ผ่านมา
Babish my man!!! When will you make a video of the food from Dragon ball z plaeseeeeeeeeee 🙏🏻
Johnson Johnson
Johnson Johnson 16 วันที่ผ่านมา
I feel fortunate to live in the wilderness, near a tiny town which has no fast food available, many hours from a McDonald’s even... But every so often I really do crave it 🤣
Andy blank
Andy blank 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
yikes when he seasoned the rice with like a hand-full, not a pinch of salt lol and yeah i've never seen anyone actually season white rice lol
Beyond Backwater
Beyond Backwater 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
Food elitists annoy me so damn much. He's making a Chinese American take away dish, they load that shit with salt you idiots.
Lawsofthebeasts 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
I will omit the peppers due to allergies.
Lord Infamous
Lord Infamous 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
30 minutes or less is all I have, until I tear apart the couch cushions
Clancy 19 วันที่ผ่านมา
Used to get this from Walmart 🤢 it was pretty good
jeff wei
jeff wei 19 วันที่ผ่านมา
Packaged rice? Salted rice? Bruh
Ovidio Colon
Ovidio Colon 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
45min!!! Mine gets here in 20min!!
ritchiereech 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
I mean. In Mexico we don’t have General Tso’s. Well. I haven’t check PF Chang’s lately. But, looks like too much trouble. I don’t like deep frying at home. Not this case but I run from frying corn things because the whole house smells like “garnacha” for days. 🤷🏻‍♂️
fuckin weeb
fuckin weeb 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
You can eat rice with salt, trust me
Farnanonical 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
0:05 I dont think I've ever complained about general tso's even once, also I dont care if its authentic.
Emily Zhai
Emily Zhai 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
McNally 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
I don't like Babbish implying that I don't know where to go for good general tso's.
Dylan Persaud
Dylan Persaud 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
I love babish
Faeyer 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
I'm not afraid of spicy things, it's why I like your show so much.
Cerise is a Color
Cerise is a Color 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
In the southern states we usually season rice with salt and butter.
fart 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
Thanks for the update
OrricktheAlien 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
I've made it, wonderful
Buddhima Perera
Buddhima Perera 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
General Tso chicken makes a cameo in "The Big Bang Theory" just an expose facto suggestion to a preamble to this video, possibly recreating it would be fun :D
Thaddeus Collins
Thaddeus Collins 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
it would be great if you tried to make a "healthier" version of this by baking instead of frying? I've seen some recipes for that, do you think the flavors and texture can be similar? Thanks for all your vids!
Andrew Tam
Andrew Tam 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
0:49 The soy sauce you used is light soy sauce from a popular brand. There is no way you get such clear mixture after dark soy sauce.
Retardexe 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
Damn westerners really have high standards for food most of my other asian friends including me have pretty low standards i was thought to not waste food and just eat anything
Sonal Shekhar Bhoi
Sonal Shekhar Bhoi 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
Ee toh chilli chicken hai..
Yung David icke
Yung David icke 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
0:58 lol
Roundss Official Music
Roundss Official Music 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
Salt on rice😂🧐🧐
Marco Altorfer
Marco Altorfer 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
How dark meat if chicken?
Yvonne 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
I just made this tonight, and while yes, it did indeed take me way more than 45 minutes to make, it was by far one of the tastier, crispier versions of General Tso's I've ever had. The marinade & reserve marinade mean so much. I went ahead and made a cocktail with the leftover vodka cause holy shit, this was worth the time invested.
Giorno Giovanna's Stand
Giorno Giovanna's Stand 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
It could've been a binging episode from Big Bang Theory
Jared Hamilton
Jared Hamilton 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
When you're a minor and can't gain access to vodka 😔
Mc Diggles
Mc Diggles 26 วันที่ผ่านมา
Tso what? I’ll take my leave now.
abi yasa cahya
abi yasa cahya 26 วันที่ผ่านมา
Season the rice with salt *confused in asian*
Michael S.
Michael S. 27 วันที่ผ่านมา
Uses thermometer? Not a real cook.
drokky1234 27 วันที่ผ่านมา
Gets all ingredients, thinking yea I can do this , turns see's takeaway menu, waits 45 mins for that knock on the door 😯😯😜😜😜
Belse Bob
Belse Bob 28 วันที่ผ่านมา
See this is why i dont like these cooking channels, they say its easy to make, which it is, but you just cant find those funky unusual ingredients they always use in any shops.. There is no point spending good bit of money on some bottle of some other type of vinegar just to make this one dish.. Should do more of home make-able foods you will reach more people..
Rising Horizon Gaming
Rising Horizon Gaming 13 วันที่ผ่านมา
This is why Google is your friend. You can Google an ingredient and see if any local shops carry it and in the case of Asian cooking most towns and cities have an Asian grocery store that Carry the more unique items that big super markets don't stock
Belse Bob
Belse Bob 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
@Tai Bannister that doesnt work most of the time. If there is a recipe you have to follow what it sais. Very rarely you can replace an ingredient and get a good flavour.
Tai Bannister
Tai Bannister 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
You could also just leave them out or replace them with something you have or can get
Rohit Krishnan
Rohit Krishnan 29 วันที่ผ่านมา
Wow I didn't know the Chinese had vodka back in the days.
Austin Alexandre
Austin Alexandre หลายเดือนก่อน
2:14 finally heard his ny accent come out naturally
Porkopio หลายเดือนก่อน
As an asian, I do not understand why rice is being seasoned.
C Casey
C Casey 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
Some people like salt on rice the method he cooks the rice with can make rice taste pretty bland. Its not really hard to understand
Food N Spices
Food N Spices หลายเดือนก่อน
Love love general tso's chicken! This looks so good 👌
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Can you please upload marshmallow calzones from wonder park movie?
TC IronBear
TC IronBear หลายเดือนก่อน
Is crispy actually something people want in General Tso? Most General Tso I have had is not and what little I have had is awful.
Maxim Tomato
Maxim Tomato หลายเดือนก่อน
"Chinese food, you a ghost?" *KREEE* "IT'S THE GHOST OF GENERAL TSO! ...Oh wait, it's just grody and rotten."
John Scott
John Scott หลายเดือนก่อน
Awesome video!!!
Twenty One Chemicals Panic!
Twenty One Chemicals Panic! หลายเดือนก่อน
My worst complaint is that General tso’s even though it’s good it sometimes is like really chewy on the inside. It’s like it was uncooked except for the outside.
Nair Rui
Nair Rui หลายเดือนก่อน
Can you fall in love with a talking torso that cooks and has a very good taste for music? I guess you can...
Nathaniel - Rashad Moore
Nathaniel - Rashad Moore หลายเดือนก่อน
Add me on insta @itzyaboi_nate
Jesus is LORD777
Jesus is LORD777 หลายเดือนก่อน
It's not from china it came from Taiwan
Misonoya Yuu
Misonoya Yuu หลายเดือนก่อน
i got triggered when he put salt over the rice
salazizzle หลายเดือนก่อน
I've literally never waited 45 minutes for Chinese takeout. They always say 10-20 minutes and have it ready by then.
Gecko'sGotGames หลายเดือนก่อน
My friend stole my phone to see if i was watching anything in appropriate to try and get some dirt on me and he saw this in my watch next playlist that i made for if i see a vid i cant watch at the moment. He clicked on it and i heard the basics with babish intro and i said ooh general tsos chicken is that dirty enough for you to black mail me.
mrs mayers
mrs mayers หลายเดือนก่อน
uhm what's wrong? why are u showing your face? is everything ok?
Nad Rusty
Nad Rusty หลายเดือนก่อน
Whats a substitute for the alcohol?
Justin Way
Justin Way หลายเดือนก่อน
Okay so frying burnt a few if my chicken pieces cause I'm a noob and the whole apartment smoked, andd the seasame seeds oil makes it smell and taste slightly burnt? But instead I cooked it in a frying pan with some olive oil then finished it in the oven, and the rest was perfecttt. Just for anyone who tries this in the future
A YT Channel
A YT Channel หลายเดือนก่อน
This is the first recipe i wanted to do from your channel. Cooking with my mom, we did the entire recipe and took a few ingredients out like the vodka and chile and we prepared and made it. This dish was by far one of the best things I have ever made 10/10
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