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This paleo General Tso’s Chicken is an easy one-pan meal that tastes just like the real thing! It’s paleo and AIP-friendly.

paleo general tso's chicken in bowl

What is General Tso’s Chicken?

General Tso’s Chicken is a delicious classic Chinese takeout dish! It is made with chicken that is deep-fried and served with a perfectly sweet and savory sauce. General Tso’s Chicken is traditionally made with soy sauce, sugar, and a cornstarch-based breading. I practically lived on General Tso’s Chicken for dinner every night when I was in college!

After transitioning to a nourishing and healing diet, I always missed my Chinese takeout. I was determined to create a version of General Tso’s Chicken that I would love, and here it is! This version is made without soy, gluten, cornstarch or refined sugar, and is so easy to make!

The Ingredients for Paleo General Tso’s Chicken

  • Chicken Breast: I haven’t tried using chicken thighs in this recipe.
  • Arrowroot Starch: This is used to coat the chicken and make it crispy, as well as thicken the sauce.
  • Coconut Aminos & Compliant Ketchup: use this ketchup for paleo or an AIP ketchup like this)
  • Blackstrap Molasses & Coconut sugar
  • Garlic Powder, Onion Powder & Ginger Powder
  • Salt & Black pepper: omit black pepper for AIP.
  • Avocado Oil
  • Green Onion: To garnish!

How to make Paleo General Tso’s Chicken

  • Make Sauce: Using a small bowl, stir the coconut aminos, blackstrap molasses, ketchup, coconut sugar, garlic, onion, and ginger powder together. Set aside.
  • Cook Chicken: In a larger bowl, mix the salt, pepper, and arrowroot starch. Add the chicken to the bowl to thoroughly coat in the arrowroot starch mixture. Set aside. Using a large pan, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pan. Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, rotating with tongs, until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  • Combine & Serve: Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour the sauce mixture into the pan, stirring to coat the chicken and to allow the sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes. Serve topped with green onion.

paleo general tso's chicken in bowl

Can you use tapioca starch instead of arrowroot starch?

I think arrowroot works a bit better for recipes like this, but you can try tapioca starch as well.

Can you use maple syrup instead of blackstrap molasses?

The blackstrap molasses has a much different flavor and texture than maple syrup or honey. I highly recommend sticking with it for this recipe!

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Paleo General Tso’s Chicken


  • Author: Michelle
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This paleo General Tso’s Chicken is an easy one-pan meal that tastes just like the real thing! It’s paleo and AIP-friendly.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp compliant ketchup (use this for paleo or an AIP ketchup like this)
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp green onion, sliced

Instructions

  1. Using a small bowl, stir the coconut aminos, blackstrap molasses, ketchup, coconut sugar, garlic, onion, and ginger powder together. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix the salt, pepper, and arrowroot starch. Add the chicken to the bowl to thoroughly coat in the arrowroot starch mixture. Set aside.
  3. Using a large pan, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pan. Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, rotating with tongs, until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour the sauce mixture into the pan, stirring to coat the chicken and to allow the sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with green onion.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 292
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.3g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 25.9g