Chinese Chicken Dish-a Healthier Version of General Tso’s

Chinese Chicken

(General Tso’s chicken revised)

Gluten, soy and dairy freetzao chicken 2


If you like takeout Chinese food, here is a healthier substitute for General Tso’s chicken dish. You can use store bought hoisin sauce but I made my own and the recipe for that is below.  (I opted to make my own as I wanted to avoid soy in this recipe)


  • 1 pound organic chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2 T. non -GMO cornstarch plus 1 t. (or use arrowroot)
  • 1 t. sesame seed oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1/2 c. organic chicken broth (or bone broth)
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 2 t. hoisin sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 t. pure grade B maple syrup or local honey
  • 2 T. water
  • 2 T. sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Coat the chicken with the 2 T. of the cornstarch.
  3. Place the chicken on a parchment lined tray and place in oven for 12-15 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat the oil and add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes
  5. Add in the coconut aminos, broth, vinegar, paste, hoisin sauce, and maple syrup. Bring this to a boil
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes
  7. Blend the 1 t. corn starch with the 2 T. water and add to the sauce and blend well.
  8. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes
  9. Add in the chicken
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired right before serving
  11. Serve with basmati white rice and sautéed vegetables

Hoisin Sauce


  • 4 T. coconut aminos
  • 2 T. peanut butter (or can use black bean paste)
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 t. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 t. sesame seed oil
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 t. Chinese hot sauce (I did not add this in to mine as I don’t like spicy)

Blend all ingredients together. Use amount needed for recipe. Store rest in mason jar in fridge.


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