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

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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

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

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  • 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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  • Just made this sauce today to change up some leftover homemade chicken strips. I made some rice as well. The sauce was perfect!! I didn’t have any wine so I just added a bit extra vinegar and I didn’t have any sriracha so I used Franks Red Hot and it blended just right. I made a double batch so there would be extra. The sauce was easy to make. Thanks for the new recipe!! It will be a staple for Chinese nights!!

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  • My local Chinese takeout skimped on sauce and your perfectly simple and tasty sauce made it a great meal. Thank you!

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  • I have never tried this before, it looks delicious, I love trying new stuff, Thank you!

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