General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli –

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

I don’t know who General Tso is, but I can tell you one thing – he makes some damn good chicken! This recipe for General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli is take-out fake-out. No, no, that’s not fair ’cause you know it’s better than take-out because it’s homemade and homemade is always the best.  No argument there, is there?

Well, hello there everyone! How ya doing? As many of you know, the other week I had a cold, so obviously, I didn’t get my regular exercise regime in. Unfortunate, but it was kinda nice to take a break for a week or so and, plus, the way I look at it is when I get back into it (hopefully this week), I’ll be that more energized and motivated!  I try to mix it up every now and then so my bod doesn’t get used to the routine and plateau. I once tried a 30 day squat challenge, which was really good.  Great for dem legs and the bum, lol.  What do you guys like to do to stay fit? Love to hear any suggestions!

So, I was thinking the other day at how many wonderful people I have met from blogging.  You guys know who you are! It has been seriously awesome and I have enjoyed chatting with each and every one of you! That got me to thinking that maybe it would be fun to share some factoids with everyone about my quirky little self –

  1. I once tried to be a vegetarian when I was in my teens. It didn’t last, but I think I could give it a good go now ’cause I LOVES me some vegetarian food indicated by here, here and here.
  2. I have a gold tooth. What, you ask?! Yes, I do. It’s waaay back there, but I had to get a crown from a damaged tooth from grinding my teeth too much while sleeping and gold is supposed to last longer. Straight up cool, yo #notreally
  3. I will literally get sick and my stomach is turned if I find egg shells in an omelet, scrambled eggs, you get the picture. So gross.  I can’t even.
  4. I have a slight addiction love for makeup, clothes, home décor and scented candles< I have way too much not enough candles.
  5. I once went for a walk in a country setting, saw a couple of husky dogs and thought they were wolves. I then proceeded to lie in the road ’cause I thought I was a goner. I would never outrun them, would I? Thought maybe if I played dead, they’d just leave me alone.  The dogs’ owner showed up and I was so embarrassed.  Never live that one down. You can laugh now, lol.
  6. I love vinegar, like a lot. However, on fries I only like vinegar on fries with gravy, not plain fries.
  7. Speaking of fries, it annoys me when restaurants call fries ‘frites’. Like, come on, it’s fries, dude. Nothing fancy, just good ol’ fries.
  8. Years ago, playing around with my then boyfriend, now husband, I accidentally kicked him straight in the throat with a round kick. Oops!!
  9. I used to not like guacamole, cilantro & coconut water (what?? I know!) and now I can’t get enough of either.
  10. I can’t use chop sticks!  Crazy, isn’t it?  I’ve honestly given it a go, but no luck.  Hubby can use them perfectly.  I have to use a fork.  I know. I know.  Even if we go to a restaurant and they have chop sticks, I have to ask for a fork.  I have to work on that, don’t I?  So, confession, if you see chop sticks in a picture, it is then followed by a fork for moi!

Alas, onto the General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli sans chopsticks.  Honestly, though, it doesn’t matter if you have chopsticks, a fork, or use your freaking fingers, you’re gonna what to stuff your face with this recipe!  For the General Tso Chicken component, it’s basically lightly breaded & wok fried chicken pieces with a tangy-n-spicy sauce.  Some versions of General Tso chicken have a big sweet component, but not this one. I love salty and sweet combos, but I tend to lean a little more on the salty/tangy side than sweet.  There is just a touch of sweetness in this recipe; I’m sweet enough 😉  Just kiddin’!

The crispy, juicy and perfectly browned chicken is then  combined with bell peppers and onions and served on noodles (or rice, if you prefer).  The whole thing is garnished with green onion & sesame seeds.  We go through green onion in our home like you wouldn’t believe.  The longest part  of making this recipe is cooking the chicken, but after that it is no time at all.  And, honestly, that is not even that long.

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli –

Totally optional, but recommend, is this simple Sesame Roasted Broccoli; the broccoli is toasted in a little mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and the like and then roasted for about 10 minutes or so.  Simple, right?

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli –

I would have loved to have those little Chinese take-out containers for this recipe.  You know those?  You always see people eating out of them on tv shows, using the chop sticks.  In my head, I think that the food tastes better in those little boxes.  They’re just so adorable.  Those containers are not hugely popular around here, though I think I did see some at Michael’s craft store…..maybe next time 🙂

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli –

Hope you guys have a great week!  Feel free to leave any fun factoids about yourselves in the comments below.  I’d love to hear!  Chit chat again soon!


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General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli
From this General Tso Chicken is better than take-out- lightly breaded & wok fried chicken pieces are combined with bell peppers & onion in a tangy-n-spicy sauce. All this is served with a simple Sesame Roasted Broccoli. You'll want seconds!
General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes, approx,
General Tso Chicken
Sesame Roasted Broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes, approx,
General Tso Chicken
Sesame Roasted Broccoli
General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli
General Tso Chicken
  1. In a bowl, whisk chicken stock, soya sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, sriracha, garlic, ginger, black pepper, sugar, and chili peppers. Separately, mix cornstarch with cold water. Add cornstarch mixture to chicken stock mixture. Stir to combine and lay to one side.
  2. Dredge chicken in flour. In a wok or large pan on medium low heat, heat 1.5 tbsp. of oil and, working in batches, cook chicken until browned and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side. May have to do in 2-3 batches. Use additional oil, when necessary. Lay cooked chicken on brown paper lined plate.
  3. In same wok/pan, heat 1/2 tbsp. of oil. Add peppers and white onion and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add chicken back to wok/with pepper mixture. Add reserved chicken stock mixture and cook until sauce is thickened slightly, about 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately over rice or your favourite noodle. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.
Sesame Roasted Broccoli
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Place baking sheet in there for a few minutes to get hot.
  2. In a bowl whisk together all ingredients, except for broccoli.
  3. Pour whisked ingredients over broccoli, toss to coat evenly. Carefully remove baking sheet from oven and place broccoli on there. Bake for 12 minutes, turning halfway through.
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48 thoughts on “General Tso Chicken with Sesame Roasted Broccoli

  1. Sheree says:

    I am so impressed with your website, it is so well put together, you should so proud of yourself. I loved your “10 facts about yourself”. Number 4 reminds me of someone close to me lol. This recipe looks so good, another one to try! Cheers!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you SO much, Sheree! Really really appreciate that! I put a lot of time into it, but I really enjoy it 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the ’10 facts’. I can understand why #4 reminds you of someone close to you 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Meghan | Fox and Briar says:

    Haha, you totally had me laughing with your “wolf” encounter! That is hilarious. And I am with you on the dislike of cilantro and coconut water – I have come around to coconut water and I like it now (but only in smoothies) and cilantro is sometimes OK. But guacamole?? I’m glad you love it now, you were missing out! Now, on to this general tso chicken and sesmae broccoli! WOW! I would really like to eat this RIGHT NOW. Can you send me some for lunch?
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Glad you had a little laugh with that one, Meghan!! I can totally understand why, lol. I know, years ago, the first time I tried guacamole I didn’t like it at all! Thought it was gross and now, of course, I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for the comments, girl! Lunch is coming right up, lol. Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

  3. Amanda@craftycookingmama says:

    Homemade IS always better! I love General Tso’s Chicken – sooooo good! I haven’t had it in quite some time, there are no good Chinese takeout spots in my area. That’s country living for you 🙁 I’ve always wanted to make it myself – so thanks for the recipe inspiration! Love your random factoids! The egg shell one cracks me up – I’m the same way! It’s like nails to a chalk board – eek! I always double inspect for egg shell fragments when I’m cracking them. I was a vegetarian from my early teens until my mid 20’s – actually, until my first pregnancy. Perhaps again someday…I do think about it. The huskies – too funny. No dancing with wolves for you 🙂

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh no! Well, that’s a great excuse to make this recipe, isn’t it 😉 ? I completely hear you about the egg shells. If I have a boiled egg, I take the shell off and rinse under water, and rinse again, to make sure there’s no shell stuck on it. I don’t even care if the egg gets cold, as long as there’s no shell! Hahahaha….yeah, no dancing with the wolves for me!! That’s for sure 😀 Thanks for the comments, Amanda. Appreciate it!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, Miriam! I’m getting a lot of laughs about the dogs/wolves story, for sure! Make no wonder, right? Lol 😀 I agree, one can never have too many candles. They look pretty, smell nice and create a lovely ambiance, don’t they? That’s what I say anyway 🙂

  4. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    I absolutely 100% agree that homemade is ALWAYS better 🙂 And I’m loving that this version isn’t so super sweet, cause I’m all about the savory too 🙂 Love your fun facts, too! That gold tooth is totally awesome, egg shells definitely don’t belong anywhere but the sink disposal and I can totally see you lying in the road, making peace with the world – and yes, I’m totally laughing at you 😉 XO
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  5. Amanda | Yum In Your Tum says:

    OMG! Homemade General Tso chicken!? This looks soooooooo YUMMY! General Tso is my favorite Chinese chicken. Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, this is usually one of the things I order. So looks like I will be trying this recipe very soon! I usually try to do 30 minute cardio workout videos to try and stay active, but most of the time I power walk with my baby in the stroller. He loves it! I used to have an addiction for makeup, but my toddler wont let me stand there long enough to put it on now. *crying face*. Before having my baby I was an Esthetician, and was all about the beauty industry. and LOL at the dogs story! Too funny. I hope you enjoy your week as well, now I am off to make some homemade General Tso Chicken! 🙂

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awwww…thanks so much, Amanda! I can imagine that you do enough exercise looking after your little guy than any exercise video can provide! And, plus it’s so nice you get to bond with your toddler. Esthetician?! FUN! Loves me some makeup, girl! And just general beauty stuff and skin care, in general 🙂 I know, the dog story is super funny, isn’t it? Not so much at the time, lol. Hope you enjoy the General Tso Chicken! Love to hear how you like it!!

  6. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Okay! I am dying over #5!!!!! That is something I would (think) to do…I love that you did it and now have the story to share for posterity!! Hysterical!!! I love this dish – it is one that hubby and I tend to order (too much) when we’re getting Chinese take-out, now I have no excuse!
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  7. Serena @ Serena's Kitchen says:

    LOL I love the factoids! I think I’m on the same page as you with the huskies… except I probably wouldn’t have been as fast a thinker as you with the playing dead thing, I probably would have panicked and thought the opposite way, standing frozen stiff with my arms out in weird angles over my head pretending to be a tree. We should never go hiking together 😀 😛 … Great recipe too, looks delish! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh my goodness, I can just picture the two of us now, Serena. What a sad sight, right? I agree, we should never go hiking together, lol! Thanks girl! Have a great upcoming weekend 🙂

  8. Kevin | Keviniscooking says:

    Well hello there General Tso! Glad you’re on the mend from your cold, hate getting dragged down like that, but sometimes you need to take it easy.
    I actually started T25 again, need to lose a few pounds after a scrumptious eating vacation.
    Love that factoid of laying down for the “wolves”, ha! Too funny. I can’t imagine – opening my eyes, seeing the dog’s owner and explaining. I’d lie “oh I was meditating” or something!
    As for this lovely, I’m with you on the preference for the salty/tangy side. Looks wonderful. Ciao General Dawn 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks so much, Kevin! Me too 🙂 Vacations are wonderful, but then sometimes too wonderful with all the good food. That’s ok, though, I’m the same. Love trying new dishes on vacay. Lots of time for exercising and burning off those calories later, right? I know…so crazy, isn’t it with the ‘wolves.’ I wish I had have thought of that at the time…meditating would have been an excellent excuse for sure. Hopefully, I won’t make that silly mistake again, lol. So glad you like the recipe! Thanks for the kind comments. Have a great week!

  9. Tracy | Baking Mischief says:

    Yum! This chicken looks to die for! I love tangy chicken. Totally pinning this one to try later.

    Your husky story made me snort out loud! I once did the complete opposite of that and ran right past a bear without even noticing it. It wasn’t until I was on my way back home and the owner of the tree it was in stopped me and pointed it out that I noticed it! And for staying in shape, I say running! You get to see (or not see) bears in trees. 😉
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Tracy! It is really delicious, if I do say so 😉 Thanks for the pin, girl 🙂 Glad I gave ya a little laugh! A bear? What?! Oh my gosh! Good thing you didn’t notice it, I’d say you would have be so frightened. I know I would have for sure! Running is great, isn’t it? Great bit of cardio, especially when you may get a chance to see some nature, lol. Have a great week!

  10. David @ Spiced says:

    That General Tso…he does indeed make a damn good chicken. Or wait. Is that Dawn making some damned good chicken? Either way, two thumbs up! I loved this post…all of the fun facts made me laugh this morning. The wolves? I can’t even. And guess what? I have a gold tooth, too! Same deal. I needed a cap, and the gold cap lasts longer. I figure that makes me cool, right? 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Hahaha…thanks David 🙂 Glad to give you a laugh! It’s always a good way to start your day, isn’t it? Oh, wow, you have a gold tooth too? I agree, I think it makes you cool 😉 That’s what I tell myself, anyway, lol. Have an awesome day!!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    My husband and I have attempted the 30 day squat challenge before, but then we always forget to finish it! So glad you are feeling better! And take-out fake-out is definitely better than the real thing. I love the flavor of this chicken, Dawn! Especially with that roasted broccoli…what a delicious weeknight meal!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It’s funny ’cause when I first did the 30 day squat challenge when I started I was all like ‘this is easy, I’ll do extra.’ By the time I got more into it, my legs were burning like crazy. Good, though. I think I may try that one again. I like to hold a dumbbell in my hands for extra weight, too. Thanks for the lovely comments, Gayle! Hope you get a chance to try the recipe 🙂

  12. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says:

    Goodness! That must have been a very embarrassing experience with the dogs you thought were wolves! I’ll have to keep in mind the play dead trick next time that happens to me! 🙂 It’s totally awesome making so many friends blogging and I’m so thrilled to have met you! I love this chicken and I soooooo can’t eat with chopsticks!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Totally totally embarrassing, Rachelle! I’ll never live that one down. I still get laughed at by family and friends for that one 🙂 So happy to have met you too, girl. It’s a really lovely perk of blogging, getting to chat with nice people as yourself! Yay for eating with a fork; I’m starting to think there’s a lot of us, lol. Have a great week!

  13. Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'! says:

    GREAT post Dawn, but I do have a question…what kind of vinegar do you put on your gravy fries? I love salt and vinegar potato chips so I need to try some vinegar on fries! Is it malt vinegar??
    PS I can’t wait to try this chicken and especially that broccoli! Also with a fork thank you very much 😛

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Oh, thanks so very much, Erin! Appreciate it, girl 🙂 I usually default to plain ol’ white vinegar, but I do love malt vinegar too. Either one is good for me. Hope you enjoy the recipe & I’m glad I’m not the only one who uses a fork over chopsticks, lol! Have a lovely week!

  14. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Sorry but I’m still laughing my ass off at the husky dogs-thought-they-were-dangerous-wolves story. Hahahahaha! I can totally picture you lying down and closing your eyes hoping they aren’t going to attack you. I think that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a loooong time!
    General Tso’s chicken is my Hubby favorite so he will be so excited when I show him your recipe and I can make it at home. Yum!!!! Can’t wait 🙂 BTW, glad you are feeling better too 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I know, right?! OMG, Karrie, I still can’t live that one down. Imagine if you were there; I’d say you’d still be laughing at me! You’ve definitely envisioned it right. I seriously don’t know what I was thinking. So funny now, but I was terrified at the time. Oh my, lol! Glad your hubby enjoys General Tso Chicken! Hope you guys like the recipe and love to hear how you do when you’ve tried!! Thanks for the comments, as usual, girl. Have an awesome week 🙂 xo

  15. Liz @ Ready to Yumble says:

    OMG what a fun post to read! I’m glad round kicking your then-boyfriend did not prevent your eventual marriage 🙂 Once my then-boyfriend was teaching me to rat tail someone with a towel and I accidentally whipped him HARD and left a big ol’ welt! Ooops! (We still got married eventually as well!) This chicken looks so juicy and flavorful – who needs chopsticks anyway? Pinned to make soon!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awww, thanks Liz! Happy you enjoyed it 🙂 Wow, he must have felt that one! Makes for funny little stories down the road, though, doesn’t it? Probably wasn’t so funny at the time, lol -or at least not to the guys 😉 I agree, who needs chopsticks anyway? Hope you enjoy the recipe when you get a chance to make. Have a lovely week!

  16. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Glad you are feeling better, Dawn! I donno General Tso from a can of paint, but what I do know is he makes some mean chicken! Loving yours, my dear! I am seriously drooling and craving about 5 bowls of this deliciousness right about now! Love all your little factoids! So fun getting to know a bit about you!! Cheers dear!
    P.s. My workout is boxing. I have done it for years and am addicted! Nothing like beating the crap out of something to relieve a little stress. 😉
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks Cheyanne! Well, I’d say that’s the only recipe you’re not familiar with ’cause you make some mean dishes, girl 🙂 Saving you some 😉 Boxing sounds like something I’d enjoy. We have a heavy duty punching bag, but I don’t use it a whole lot. Maybe I should give it a try; always nice to mix things up a bit. Thanks for the comments 🙂 Have a great week!

  17. demeter | beaming baker says:

    LOL. Yeah, I dunno who that dude is either, but his food is yummy! 😉 And, it’s been so nice getting to know you Dawn! Gold tooth: wow. Just wow. I can only hope to see it in all its gloriousness one day. hehe. Egg shells: Yes. So much yes. Kicking husband in throat: that just goes to show you how dedicated he was about sticking around. lol. Thanks so much for sharing all these little interesting tidbits about yourself. It was awesome! Also, this recipe is insane! Suddenly I’m all hungry again. Okay, pinning this. Have a great week, D! xo

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