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General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

General Tso’s Chicken is saucy, juicy and crispy. The signature sauce is thick and loaded with flavor. If you are a die-hard orange chicken fan, you must try this dish! Make it all in one dish in the comfort of your home for a sweet and spicy treat!

General tsos chicken served over a bowl of white rice

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Hi there! My name is Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish. If you already follow me, you know I can’t get enough of easy meals that require simple ingredients. My family loves ordering in Chinese takeout, but lately, I’ve been having a blast recreating my favorite dishes at home.

Not only is homemade “takeout” healthier, but you’ll save money. That’s a win-win in my book. Let’s get started!

General Tso’s Chicken

General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese-American dish of fried chicken pieces that are breaded and tossed in a tangy sauce. This dish is very similar in style to sesame or orange chicken. But, like in much of Chinese food, it’s the sauce that makes each dish unique.

Typically, General Tso’s Chicken is served with a bed of steamed rice and a side of steamed broccoli. If you want to make a full spread of takeout favorites, try your hand at making some chow mein too. Don’t forget the chopsticks!

General Tso’s Chicken in a pan

How to Make General Tso’s Sauce:

The sauce for General Tso’s chicken is so simple to make with pantry staple ingredients: rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar, and some corn starch to thicken the sauce. Simply add the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.

How to Prepare General Tso’s Chicken

Don’t be intimidated about making your own General Tso’s Chicken! It’s so easy, you’ll never call it in again. Follow these easy steps to nail it every time:

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch size cubes. Toss the chicken with corn starch.
  • Cook your chicken until all sides are golden brown.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan.
  • Saute garlic, ginger and pepper flakes in the pan.
  • Add in both the sauce and chicken.
  • Toss the chicken, making sure to evenly coat each piece. Serve hot to hungry people!

Step by step of making General Tso's chicken

Tips for the Best Tso’s Chicken

  • Prepare ingredients ahead of time. This recipe will have you moving fast. Prep all your ingredients ahead of time so you can add them on the fly.
  • Adjust the Spice. Add more or less red pepper flakes according to your spice preference.
  • Use Fresh Ginger and Garlic. It might be tempting to use the powdered stuff, but great Chinese food is defined by the freshest ingredients.
  • Opt for Low Sodium Soy Sauce. I always purchase low-sodium soy sauce just in case I want to tweak the salt levels before serving. It’s just perfect for this recipe, as it also calls for hoisin, a salty, and garlicky sauce used frequently in Chinese cooking.
  • Chicken Thighs Bring the Most Flavor. Chicken thighs make for the juiciest pan-fried chicken. I find chicken breast tends to be too dry for this recipe.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan. Cook chicken in small amounts or use a very large pan. Be sure to give the chicken a good stir here and there to prevent it from sticking.
  • Use a non-stick pan. The coating can be a bit delicate, so use a non-stick to ensure it stays intact.
    • Hot Tip: Serve and enjoy General Tso’s Chicken immediately. The sauce tends to absorb into the crispy outer layer, leaving it a bit soggy if it sits around too long.

A bowl of General Tso’s Chicken with rice

More Asian-Inspired Dishes:

  • Beef Stir Fry: This simple stir fry is perfect for a hectic weeknight with a sneakily high serving of veggies.
  • Chicken Stir Fry – easy, saucy and loaded with veggies and cashews
  • Chicken Fried Rice – a genius way to use up leftover rice and frozen vegetables
  • Yakisoba Noodles: This quick-and-easy noodle dish is always on my rotation.
  • Lo Mein: Your vegetarian friends will love you. These noodles are great hot or cold.

General Tso’s Chicken Recipe

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
General tsos chicken served over a bowl of white rice

General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese takeout go-to. Make it all in one dish in the comfort of your home for a sweet and spicy treat!

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: general tsos chicken
Cuisine: Asian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 413 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced

Sauce

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Toss each piece with cornstarch. Set aside.

  2. In a separate dish, combine all the ingredients for your sauce together.

  3. Preheat a non-stick skillet with oil. Cook each chicken piece until all the sides are golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan. Leave about 1 tbsp of oil in the pan for cooking.

  4. Add the garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Sautee for about 30 seconds.

  5. Add the sauce and chicken back into the skillet. Toss to coat. Serve right away!

Nutrition Facts
General Tso’s Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 977mg42%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 163IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • marian Jean wolf
    September 26, 2020

    That recipe was amazing!! My husband said that he is not going to order this anymore!!
    We used chicken breasts & they were just fine. Again, thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 26, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Kate
    September 22, 2020

    This recipe was SO EASY to make! I used chicken tenders instead of thighs and added a teaspoon of sesame oil to the sauce, but this was seriously the BEST General Tso’s I’ve ever had! Definite repeat in our house! Thank you so much, Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Kate!

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  • ALINA Yatsyuk
    September 17, 2020

    Fantastic recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 18, 2020

      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Kris
    September 13, 2020

    Hi Natasha, thanks for the recipe. Made it last week and my brother LOVED it and asked for more

    I want to ask for the next time cooking it, would it still be okay if I top the chicken with the sauce out of the pan instead of tossing all of chicken in the pan with the sauce? Just to make sure the chicken do not soak in the sauce for long if they are not eaten right away.

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    • Natasha
      September 14, 2020

      Hi Kris, It is typically tossed together. That should work, but you might need to re-warm the sauce and maybe add a little water if it gets too thick as it cools.

      Reply

  • Elizabeth
    September 12, 2020

    Love, love, love this recipe! It’s on my to make again list. Thank you. PS. Do you have a lo mein recipe?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m so happy you enjoyed our recipe!! We don’t have a Lo mein recipe at this time but we do have a Chow Mein recipe here.

      Reply

  • Rima
    September 2, 2020

    I made this chicken for my family of four and it was a huge success!! It’s one of the best meals they have had. My oldest son said it was better than his favourite restaurant.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2020

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Job
    September 2, 2020

    Oh boy, this was a treat!
    Who knew delicious food was so easy to make.

    The only adjustment I made was with the pepper, because my wife does not like things too spicy. Instead I added a teaspoon of sambal badjak for a bit of spice and flavour.

    I did mess up the crunchyness of the chicken, but I don’t mind having room for improvement. Another reason to make this dish again!

    Thank you Natasha, every time I use one of these recipes it’s a guaranteed success.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 2, 2020

      That is awesome feedback, Job. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We’re so happy to know that you and your wife enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Laura
    August 29, 2020

    Good, but too sweet! and i cut down on the sugar. plus not crunchy enough

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    • Natasha
      August 29, 2020

      Hi Laura, make sure if you’re making any adjustments in the recipe that you change things proportionally. Sometimes changing one ingredient can throw the balance off.

      Reply

  • ADAKU
    August 26, 2020

    Natasha,
    Just finished making this dish and it is a hit with my entire family.

    Thanks for great recipes that has turned this outside eater into a “master chef”. I now enjoy cooking new tasty food everyday

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 26, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Diane
    August 25, 2020

    I have not made this recipe yet, but I find that a sauce made with cornstarch makes it difficult to reheat the food as the sauce remains a gelatinous glob. What can I do to make any leftovers more palatable?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 25, 2020

      Hi Diane, we definitely enjoy this when it’s fresh, I know exactly what you mean although, we haven’t had any issues with reheating this. Be sure to not overheat it, especially for an extended amount of time.

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  • Ibeth
    August 21, 2020

    Literally just made it! and I am a fan. will be making it again. Better than panda express for sure

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Steve Scheid
    August 20, 2020

    Hello Natasha (previt!)
    Do you really want to make your TSO Chicken stay crunchy a bit longer? Use water chestnut starch. It adds an authentic Asian taste. I use it regularly.
    I have been preparing Asian dishes for over 30 yrs. love the neatness of your text and photos.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2020

      Thank you so much for that wonderful tip, Steve!! I’ll have to give that a try! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Maryann Henn
    August 18, 2020

    I made this last night along with your recipe for Chicken Fried Rice. It was so good, I will definitely make this again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 18, 2020

      So glad to hear that Maryann, thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • LUBA
    August 18, 2020

    Natasha!
    What is HOISIN SAUCE? Where can I get it? (I have never heard this name). Thank You! I love your recipes!

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    • Natasha
      August 18, 2020

      Hi Luba, Hoisin sauce is a sweet premade sauce and is usually sold in the Asian food section of the grocery store, next to the soy sauce.

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    • ADAKU
      August 26, 2020

      Bought mine from amazon

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  • Carol
    August 15, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! The next time I make it, I will add less vinegar and add more sugar (I used brown sugar).

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2020

      Sounds good, thanks for sharing your feedback with us!

      Reply

  • Aldo
    August 2, 2020

    Great !! it easy to make and the taste is great !! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 2, 2020

      You’re so welcome. I’m so happy that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Sally Majus
    August 2, 2020

    I’m making this today for dinner! I’m so looking forward to it!! I will post review later!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 2, 2020

      Great choice! I hope you liked it and yes please share with us how it goes.

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      • Sally Majus
        August 2, 2020

        Oh, Natasha… my husband loved it! I used breast meat cause I didn’t have thighs. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for all the recipes they are all amazing!

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          August 3, 2020

          So wonderful to hear that!

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    • Sally Majus
      August 2, 2020

      Oh, Natasha… my husband loved it! I used breast meat cause I didn’t have thighs. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for all the recipes they are all amazing!

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        August 3, 2020

        Yay that is so awesome! So great to hear that your husband enjoyed this and my other recipes.

        Reply

  • Jessie
    August 1, 2020

    Me again I think I had too much liquid as I only used 1 lb of chicken and half the other ingredients. But not complaining. Next time will use less of the water. just for your info.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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      • Marisa
        August 2, 2020

        Hi Natasha. Planning on making this recipe this week. Do you think that using Maizena for corn starch will work just as good?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          August 3, 2020

          Hi Marisa, without testing that I cannot say. If you experiment I would love to know how you like that.

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  • Jessie
    August 1, 2020

    Hi Natasha made the General Tso’s tonight it was so yum. better than in a restaurant.
    The sauce sweet savory and sticky what can I say. delish.
    Will make this again and again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2020

      That’s just awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Jessie!

      Reply

  • jessie
    July 30, 2020

    I am going to try by pierogi and cabbage rolls. Am from European background and mum used to make will try yours, very similar to the polish version.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 30, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Jessie!

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  • Jessie
    July 30, 2020

    absolutely love your recipes. First place I go to for inspiration.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 30, 2020

      Thank you for your great feedback, we appreciate it!

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  • Rita
    July 29, 2020

    Soooo good and sooooo easy to do! So much better than the restaurant one! Un vrai délice!
    Merci Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2020

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Rita! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Adriana
    July 28, 2020

    Made this last night (I’ve been making one of your recipes every night). As always, 10/10!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 28, 2020

      I’m so inspired to read this review, Adriana! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • jeanie Kusko
    July 27, 2020

    Do you have to use rice vinegar in this recipe or will white vinegar do?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2020

      Hello Jeanie, I highly recommend using rice vinegar as the flavors are very different

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  • Y
    July 27, 2020

    Hi Natasha my husband made this dish today and it was delicious! Will definitely make this more often (or rather ASK him to make this dish more often😜haha)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2020

      I am so glad that you both enjoyed this recipe. I hope you love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Mary Salter
    July 26, 2020

    Hi Natasha,

    How can I substitute hoisin sauce in this recipe. My daughter is celiac.

    Thanks for all your amazing recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 27, 2020

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tried a substitution but garlic teriyaki may work here per research online.

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      • Munirah
        July 28, 2020

        That would have gluten too unless it is soy free. Mary, you may have to use a coconut amino acid teriyaki sauce.

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    • jan
      July 29, 2020

      there is gf hoisin . my son is also celiac. u can get it at many stores like walmart

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  • Hugo
    July 26, 2020

    too much advertisements from google

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2020

      Hi Hugo, thanks for your feedback. The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes.

      Reply

  • Doris Schatz
    July 25, 2020

    Natasha I so enjoy all your recipes and have given them to my son who belongs to a group of six who share a meal once a month. Your General Tso’s recipe went over with a bang, all enjoyed it so much. Thanks again and would love if you put out a cook book it would go over so well.

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    • Natasha
      July 26, 2020

      Hi Doris, I’m so glad you entire party loved the General Tso’s chicken. Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  • Terry
    July 25, 2020

    Hi- I love this take out dish and want to try it at home now. What kind of oil do you use?
    Thanks! (PS Love your videos!)

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  • Jaime Alejandro Puente
    July 25, 2020

    All I have to say is WOW!! Better than takeout ! Thank you Natasha for sharing , I’m a huge fan of yours!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2020

      You are so welcome! Thank you for your excellent review.

      Reply

  • Judy Morris
    July 25, 2020

    I can’t wait to try this. Since it is just me I am going to try to do a 2 serving recipe. Before I saw the size converter, I tried dividing by 4 to see if that worked on all the ingredients. A few of the ingredients when done with the converter came out slightly different. Is this an exacting recipe or should I be ok with my conversion that is easier to understand (fractions rather than decimals)?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2020

      Hello Judy, you can give that a try but you would have to experiment on your conversion to see if you would like it. Please let us know how it goes!

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  • Jen
    July 25, 2020

    All of the food u cook look tasty and yummy. Thank you! I also love to cook.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2020

      You are welcome, Jen. Thank you too for giving this recipe a good review!

      Reply

  • Karen
    July 25, 2020

    Hi Natasha

    I just made this recipe yesterday and it was delicious and so flavorful. As always I love your recipes and videos. Can’t wait to try another. Thanks again!

    Karen😊❤

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    • Natasha
      July 25, 2020

      Hi Karen, I am so happy to hear that you loved the General Tso’s Chicken. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Liz
    July 24, 2020

    Natasha nailed the sauce! This turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 24, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Liz!

      Reply

  • Anda
    July 23, 2020

    It was delicious! My kids loved it. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      You’re welcome! I am so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Toni
    July 23, 2020

    This was a huge hit fir dinner at my house!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      That’s so great Toni! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    July 23, 2020

    Dinner last night was AMAZING!!! this turned out so good.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Trang
    July 22, 2020

    Delicious recipe! It tastes just like my restaurant takeout. P.S. Commenting about another reviewer, I don’t mind the ads at all for a free recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      Thank you so much for your great comments and for understanding the ads, Trang. We really appreciate your support.

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  • Taina Sookraj
    July 22, 2020

    Hi! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! I’m the type who absolutely LOVES sauce. I ask for extra sauce in everything. My question is, what should I do to double the amount of sauce for this recipe? I wouldn’t want to change the taste in anyway, but I would like to have extra sauce to eat with the rice. Thank you kindly in advance.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      Hi Taina, I haven’t tested this to advise but you can try doubling up on the sauce ingredients. If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

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  • Priya Shone
    July 22, 2020

    Love to try this but i dont have hoisin sauce.. is there any substitute for that??

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 23, 2020

      Hi Priya, I haven’t tried a substitution but garlic teriyaki may work here per research online.

      Reply

  • Adam Faye
    July 22, 2020

    Hey Natasha can you please stop posting ad vids of u cooking on ur blog please its just I can’t even exit those vids it becomes a distraction when Im cooking.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 22, 2020

      Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback. 

      The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes. 

      I appreciate your feedback and I hope you love every recipe you try.

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  • koniah
    July 22, 2020

    i love it

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

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  • Malak
    July 21, 2020

    Thank you natasha for listening to my suggestion . You will love this recipe tell me when you try it.

    Reply

  • koniah
    July 21, 2020

    this look so yummy

    Reply

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