This General Tso's chicken recipe uses Sun Bird seasoning packets. It is delicious and easy to make.
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Recipe updated: April 16th, 2024

You are going to love this General Tso’s chicken recipe. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, a little hot, and it’s full of tasty flavor. You can serve it over white rice or have your rice on the side. Topped with sweet peas adds to the already delicious flavor. The best part is that it is super easy to make by using a Sun Bird seasoning packet already filled with all of the General Tso flavors!

General Tso's Chicken final plate no peas

Using seasoning packets to make a homemade meal doesn’t always taste the same as using all ingredients from scratch, but this Sun Bird seasoning packet really does a good job. If you are looking for a quick way to make some homemade general Tso’s chicken, consider giving this Sun Bird seasoning packet a try.

🍴 Key Ingredients for General Tso Chicken

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, such as olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 packets of General Tso chicken seasoning mix by Sun Bird
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
Easy general tso chicken recipe ingredients.
Ingredients for general tso chicken recipe.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Easy General Tso Chicken

These step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed photos for enhanced clarity and guidance.

Step 1. Cut the Chicken Breasts into 1-Inch Chunks

With a sharp knife, cut the 6 chicken breasts into bite size pieces.

Cut up chicken.
Cut the 6 chicken breasts into chunks.

Step 2. Put in Zip Lock Bag

Then, put the cut chicken breasts in a large size zip-lock bag.

Cut up chicken in baggie.
Put the chicken breasts in a large zip lock bag.

Step 3. Add the Flour

Add 1/2 cup of flour to the bag together with the cut-up chicken breasts. Shake the chicken around in the bag with the flour, so the flour gets on all the chicken pieces.

Flour added to the chicken in the bag.
Shake the bag to mix the chicken with the flour.

Step 4. Add Oil and Chicken to a Large Skillet

Put about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in the bottom of the frying pan together with the flour-coated chicken breasts.

Chicken breast in the frying pan.
Put the flour-coated chicken breasts in the frying pan.

Step 5. Fry the Chicken

Fry the chicken breasts on medium-high heat for about 45 minutes until there is no pink showing. Stir occasionally. The chicken should be golden brown when done frying.

Frying the chicken in the frying pan for forty-five minutes.
Fry the chicken breasts for about 45 minutes.

Step 6. Make the Sauce

In a medium-sized bowl, put the two Sun Bird General Tso chicken seasoning mix packets together with 1 and 1/2 cups of water, 6 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix this up so it is well combined.

General tso chicken sun bird sauce mix
General tso chicken seasoning sauce.

Step 7. Add the Seasoning Mix to the Cooked Chicken

Next, add the seasoning sauce together with the chicken in the frying pan.

Add seasoning sauce to the chicken in the frying pan.
Add the seasoning sauce to the chicken.

Step 8. Simmer the Chicken and the Sauce

Finally, simmer the chicken and sauce mixture for about 10 minutes on medium heat until the seasoning sauce thickens.

Simmer chicken in the seasoning sauce for ten minutes.
Simmer the chicken mixture on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

✨ Recipe Variations

  • Garnish with some green onions and sesame seeds on the final general Tso’s dish.
  • Add a bit of sesame oil with the seasoning sauce.
  • Use dark meat such as boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast.
  • For extra spiciness, add some red chili flakes into the sauce mixture.
General Tso's Chicken Final Dish on white rice with peas.
General Tso Chicken over a bed of white rice topped with sweet peas.

❓ FAQs

What is General Tso’s Chicken?

It is a Chinese-American dish that has a sweet and spicy sauce over fried chicken.

How Do You Store Leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. After that, it is best to discard it.

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💭 Final Thoughts

For a simple and easy Chinese food meal to make at home, try this general Tso chicken using Sun Bird seasoning packets. It has comparable spicy flavors to what you would find at Chinese restaurants. This is definitely one of our favorite Chinese dishes to make at home. I cannot express enough what an easy recipe this is!

When we have this meal for dinner, we serve the general Tso chicken over a bed of white rice and topped with sweet peas. Also, side dishes can be mac and cheese, a lettuce salad, fresh vegetables, or steamed broccoli, squash, and zucchini. After that, it’s a definite treat for us to have some delicious and comforting peach cobbler with Bisquick® for our dessert.

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General Tso's Chicken Recipe

General Tso Chicken Recipe

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This General Tso's chicken recipe uses Sun Bird seasoning packets. It is delicious and easy to make.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings 6 people

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👩‍🍳 Instructions
 

  • Cut the chicken breasts into chunks.
  • Put the cut chicken breasts in a large zip lock bag.
  • Add the flour to the bag with the chicken and shake the chicken around so the flour gets on all of the chicken pieces.
  • Add the cooking oil to the frying pan, then add the flour-coated chicken.
  • Fry the chicken breasts on medium-high heat for about 45 minutes until there is no pink showing.

Making The Sauce

  • In a bowl mix together the general tso chicken seasoning mix packets, water, soy sauce, and sugar.
  • Add the seasoning mix to the chicken.
  • Simmer the chicken and sauce mixture for about 10 minutes on medium heat until the seasoning sauce thickens.

*️⃣ Recipe Notes

  • You can eat general tso chicken all by itself, or serve it over white rice and top it with sweet peas.
  • Side dishes can be macaroni and cheese, a lettuce salad, fresh vegetables, and/or steamed assorted vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, and squash.
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