General Tso's Chicken | Basics with Babish

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    General Tso's can be more than the saccharine, gloopy sauce soaked into flabby, over-breaded chicken to which we've become accustomed. With just a little technique and a little love, the 45-minute wait for this takeout mainstay can be better spent making it yourself.
    Adapted from Serious Eats:
    + Ingredients & Shopping List
    For the chicken and marinade:
    2 egg whites
    3 Tbsp dark soy sauce
    3 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
    3 Tbsp vodka
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    3 Tbsp cornstarch
    1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    + For the breading:
    1 cup all purpose flour
    1 cup cornstarch
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    3 Tbsp reserved marinade
    For the sauce:
    4 Tbsp dark soy sauce
    4 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
    3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
    4 Tbsp chicken stock
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp roasted sesame oil
    1 Tbsp cornstarch
    6 scallions
    4 cloves garlic
    2 inch piece of ginger
    6-12 arbol chiles (optional)
    + Special equipment:
    Large pot deep enough for frying

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    1. Binging with Babish

      I'm on Hot Ones! Go check it out!

      1. Nyan Cat

        I find it a crime punishable with jail time if you eat General Tso's chicken without fried rice.

      2. Niubility

        You need a larger saucepan for stir-fry's... 4:08 and this is why we cook with woks!

      3. Konnor Bailey

        Can you do a collaboration with good mythical morning

      4. Sir Douglas Howel, 5th Seat

        instead of alcohol you could use anything tart/sugary.. pineapple juice, grape juice, almond extract,white grape juice... grats on the recovery bro.

      5. fallinangels _

        Could I sub out the alcohol? I have a recovering alcoholic in my home. What would I use?

    2. Spedwagun -

      Oh okay then, just season the rice in front of my face like that okay.

    3. Tasteslikedog

      I made this after not eating for 4 days and it was the best thing ever

    4. Change of name

      Can the cooking wine and vodka be substituted by something else?

    5. yang SW

      Who the fuck seasons their rice?

    6. Amp Blaster

      This isn’t even close to authentic Tsos. Never let a white guy tell you how to make Asian cuisine

    7. Nicolas sukhu

      Good choice of music. I don't doubt I've seen you at a Chromeo concert

    8. Jacob Cui

      I’m Asian, and hearing the fact that he cooks his rice in the oven is... Frustrating

    9. b s

      Really bad sweet and sour

    10. EphemeralThief

      I shouldn't be watching this right now. It's 12 in the morning and I'm just going to make myself hungry...

    11. Temazepam

      Where's the Asians going wtf when he seasoned the rice

    12. c d

      I tried the recipe and it turned out great and it was really good, but kind of too spicy for me hahah. I'm not sure what kind of chilis you used in the video, but I used thai chilis and I probably should've only put half the amount.

    13. anti Garennn

      on fcking fire!!!!! :)))) that looks extremely yummy!!!!!! :)

    14. Pigeons 14

      I thought that babish was eating curry with chopsticks for a second

    15. Sean Toh

      What's the song playing in the background? Sounds like a remixed version of 'Give her up' by Smokey Robinson.

    16. Jennifer Van Osdel

      Why would you season the rice with salt at the end? smh latina me is like no no no

      1. TheGintama86

        white rice and salt tastes gud thou

    17. K' birdie

      I got two questions for this ep. first what is Jiminy cricket and second, what did u do with those two egg yolks?

    18. Michael's Eats

      Simple and delish! Do you think white meat would be dry?

    19. Timefliesbye

      I refuse to watch another episode with the camera elevated to anything beyond 1.6 meters.

    20. Garrett Rush

      Just made some tso thanks to you, turned out awesome as do all your recipes. Kudos to babish

    21. Zach Bunch

      I love general tso's but that's biggest complaint is that its rarely any bit spicy. Maybe it's just what I grew up with but I find it not spicy anywhere nowadays.

    22. Visiblur

      Cornstarch, that's how you know it's American

    23. The Imaginary Gallery

      What is wrong with using the egg yolk?

    24. Alex delos Reyes

      is seasoning rice a thing in america?

      1. Zach Bunch

        I never have but my grandmother's from Okinawa so seaweed is usually that bit of salt we have with it.

    25. G-Unit1111

      Chromeo FTW!!!

    26. Lusamini

      I use this recipe to prepare the chicken and buy the sauce pre-made, one pot of this stuff doesn't last an hour lol 😂😭

    27. zuljjin

      "little bit of kosher salt"

    28. Ravenous-wolf 311

      Did you just season plain rice with salt? WTF!?

    29. GameCritic101

      Woah what the fuck. You put salt in the rice?

    30. Jim Bridger

      reasons not to make this at home: dark soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, arbol chiles, roasted sesame oil are all things i can not get at my super market.

      1. Robbie S

        I got all these on Amazon. What year are you living in? 1995?

      2. Diego Cervantes

        Go to a different supermarket?

      3. RamRanch Dressing

        You don't have an asian market where you live?

      4. Jonathan Neal

        Time to hunt them down at the small local places

    31. Sammy Zonna

      you are bald but have an amazing beard

    32. Grammar Nazi

      Shave your beard off asshole.

    33. Billy Hughes

      I followed this recipe to the exact teaspoon last night (ok, I skipped the salting of the rice and I'm glad I did) and it came out waaaay too salty. The chicken after frying by itself was really crispy and tasty but with the sauce,...holy salt lick! Anyway, I was kinda baffled. The only ingredient I had never used was the Chinese cooking wine. I bought the Shaoxing variety because it was not specified which type to use (and there a few different ones). So I tasted some after the fact,, really salty and kinda harsh. I chose poorly. So, next time I make this there's a variety called Pagoda Shaoxing that I will use with no salt. I will not be denied the delicious homemade General Tso's chicken!

      1. Sir Parkington

        @Billy Hughes Thank you very much

      2. Billy Hughes

        @Sir Parkington Safely or satisfactorily? ;-) I'd say 5-6 people at the most. You should definitely adjust up.

      3. Sir Parkington

        How many people did would you say it could serve safely? I plan on making this soon for 10 people so I need to know how much to adjust the recipe

    34. Jared Blume

      Love you love your vids but I feel like nothing if this is basic 😅

    35. Alexis Rondeau

      Where the fuck is the sesameee

    36. Pintobean

      Thank you! I will definitely give this a try. Do you have suggestions for replacements for vodka? (cuz kids, lol). I had no idea vodka was involved in this chicken.

    37. Kevin R

      This looks to be pretty similar to Kenji's recipe....

    38. Not Your Average Person 000

      I’m not old enough to drink is there a substitute for vodka I could use


      To be completely honest I'm surprised he didn't substitute some salt for MSG. He's only said about a billion times over the years that MSG tastes good, and it's a staple in cheap Chinese takeout.


      What watch is that,,, the blue one it’s banging

    41. Joshua P.

      Asian tip: you dont need to season your rice lul

    42. Nils R.

      Still waiting for a China special named Beijing with Babish.

    43. HyunTK

      Salt to rice is cream to carbonara level of trigger for us asians.

    44. Red Robin

      what shit idea of an idea lib tard

    45. Red Robin

      sir you are a fucking cooking lib tard fuck tard

    46. Red Robin

      100% percent wrong wrong worog wrong wrong wrong wrong

    47. Joseph Trethewey

      I definitely will make it at home but take out only takes 15 minutes max from where im from XD btw also buying your book for my buddy for Christmas. Keep at it :)

    48. SelfProclaimedSir

      That looks so freaking tasty oml

    49. Annika Lunsford

      Is there any way to avoid the corn starch? I’m allergic to corn.

      1. Annika Lunsford

        stonybear thank you!

      2. random

        potato starch

    50. Fraser Morton

      Thought I'd suprise my gf with this ended up making it with her in the room. But it's an awesome recipe and I'm sure she happy with me making as she got me into your videos. Keep up the great vids.

    51. zack tivey

      New to the channel and I'm glad I stumbled upon it.. my one qualm is what is babish?? A name? A nickname?? Just curious dont mean any disrespect.

    52. Dead Serious


    53. Brandon Hayden

      Who the hell is waiting 45 min to get chinese takeout?? Love the vid but holy crap i feel bad if you cant get your Chineasy in under 20 min max

    54. Bok Choy Troy Cooking Show

      Nice job !

    55. Calcitriol

      Asian be : NO ONE PUT SALT IN RICE

    56. Carolina Sarellano

      I usually don’t comment old videos, but WHAT A GREAT TASTE IN MUSIC Lob u, lob chromeo, lob food

    57. FDF flags

      HIM: *add's salt to rice* ASIANS: *gets triggered instantly*

      1. G. S.

        @Franz Ares Viernes What's it gonna do? Spawn demons? 😂

      2. Franz Ares Viernes

        You never put salt on steamed rice. Ever!

      3. Michael Huang

        At least he didn't put something like mayonnaise on it. 😂😂😂

    58. Benjamin

      If you were add chinese chili oil to this recipe where do you think it would fit best?

    59. Maria Johnson

      You should make the Mac and cheese from bones season 2 episode 20

    60. Barrett Dyson

      i looked up the chromeo song he was dancing too. guys dont do it. horrible music. great recipe babish.

    61. The Imaginary Gallery

      Where is the broccoli?

    62. SinfulLegacy

      is this recipe going to be in your book? \

    63. David watson

      Good god😮😮😮😮

    64. nmvp1258

      That's a lot of work and ingredients I don't have. Imma just order it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

    65. Crazy Fathamsta

      TITo's vodka

    66. Gage Kulland

      Love the Rolex!

    67. motohama

      4:25 THAT'S A LOT OF SALT

    68. EL Guapo

      Ending song please ?

    69. Fourthgirl

      I've never had General Taos

    70. variabl3

      Are you.... are you Ryan Rynolds?