General Tso Sauce

Chinese take out – gotta love it!

I enjoy Chinese restaurant food any day and easily one of my most favorite dishes is General Tso chicken. It has that perfect combination of sweet heat and tang. The glaze covers chunks of chicken that is deep fried in a light batter. Everything about the dish is amazing and I could eat a whole order of it myself. Trust me – I have.

The sauce is surprisingly simple to make and I have most of the ingredients in my pantry. A few of them are specific to Asian cuisine, like rice vinegar and rice wine, but they are all easy to find at the supermarket.

This sauce is great on cubed chicken thighs that have been fried, but I also like the sauce on wings.

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General Tso Sauce

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sriracha sauce (more if you like it extra spicy)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch


  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a saucepan.
  • Simmer on medium low heat, whisking constantly.
  • After about 7-10 minutes the sauce will start to thicken. Remove from heat once it reaches the desired consistency, about 12-15 minutes.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Made this tonight because I needed a simple general tso recipe for general tso’s cauliflower (used this basic recipe for the baked, breaded cauliflower and I didn’t have the ingredients most of the other recipes called for. This was a little too sour/vinegary for me and not sweet or rich enough. I think more heat, some ginger, garlic, more sweetener and more depth of flavor would add to it. A lot of recipes call for honey and I think that would be nice, and a lot called for toasted sesame oil and I think that would be a nice addition, too. This was definitely quick and easy though.

  2. This was perfect I used chili sauce instead of Siracha because that’s what I had it was just like the restaurant I wish I’d steamed more broccoli

  3. It was perfect just like the restaurant I used chili sauce instead of siracha awesome

  4. Delicious!! I added a dash of both toasted sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. This will be my new Chinese food base sauce recipe.

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