Copycat Pf Chang’s General Tso Chicken

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I made this copycat PF Chang’s General Tso Chicken for dinner last night & it got RAVE reviews – “Better than a restaurant, mom” kind of reviews. My pickiest eater had three servings – she stocks up on the stuff she likes, & picks at the stuff she doesn’t, so that in itself is a recommendation on it’s own.


4 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup cold water

3 minced garlic cloves

3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger – strings & all

1.5 cups white sugar

2 Tablespoons molasses
3 Tablespoons sweet soy sauce (thick, & found at Asian stores)

4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chicken broth

1 teaspoon onion powder

Mix Sauce together, cover, & set aside in the fridge.


3-4 cups diced chicken breasts (no skin or bone, raw)

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 cups oil for frying

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3-4 red chili peppers – optional (there are many varieties – whatever is on hand)

Place flour, pepper, salt & pepper flakes in large ziplock bag.  Add chicken, seal, & shake until coated.

Heat oil in wok, & place coated chicken pieces into hot oil.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, frying until cooked through, & as they begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oil, & drain on paper towel.  Repeat until all chicken pieces are cooked.

Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of oil from wok (chicken debris is ok), & add chili peppers.  Heat for a few minutes, so that their skin can soften, & release the pepper oils.  Remove sauce from refrigerator, & slowly add to wok, stirring constantly, until it boils & thickens & combines.

Remove from heat, & add chicken – stirring to coat.

Serve over hot rice

Serves 8


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