Paleo General Tso’s Chicken

22 Oct

I was so excited to try to make a paleo version of General Tso’s chicken that I totally forgot to make broccoli or anything else to serve it with/over.  Oops!  It was delicious all by itself!

Paleo General Tso's Chicken

Paleo General Tso’s Chicken

First make chile garlic sauce (you will need 1 teaspoon of this for the chicken)

Chile garlic sauce

8 fresno peppers, 4 de-stemmed, 4 de-stemmed and de-seeded

3 cloves garlic

1 tbl. distilled white vinegar

1 tbl. honey

1/2 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

Puree everything in a food processor or Vitamix, store in a mason jar in the fridge.



1 pound chicken thigh cutlets (boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 large egg white

1/2 tbl. toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup + 1 tbl. coconut aminos

1/3 cup + 1tbl. arrowroot powder

1 + 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 cup organic low sodium chicken broth

1 tsp. chile garlic sauce

1/2 tbl. white vinegar

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

3 tbl. honey

1 tb. grape seed oil

2 tbl. minced ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup avocado oil


Cut chicken into one inch pieces.  In a large bowl whisk together egg white, 1/2 tbl. toasted sesame oil, 1 tbl. coconut aminos, and 1/3 cup arrowroot powder, 1 tsp. kosher salt.  Toss the chicken in this mixture until coated, set aside.  In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup coconut aminos, 1 tsp. chile garlic sauce, 1/2 tbl. distilled white vinegar, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 3 tbl. honey, 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, and 1 tbl. arrowroot powder.  In a large pot heat 1 tbl. grape seed oil over medium high heat.  When hot add the 2 tbl. ginger and 2 minced cloves garlic, sauté 2 minutes.  Add the broth mixture and whisk until sauce thickens.  Move to low heat just to keep warm.  In a deep skillet heat 1 cup avocado oil over medium high heat until shimmering.  Once oil is hot add coated chicken (do this in 2 batches so not to crowd the pan).  Fry the chicken in the oil for 2 minutes, flip and fry another 2 minutes.  Transfer golden brown chicken to a plate with paper towels to absorb excess oil then add to the warm sauce.  Repeat with remaining chicken that needs to be cooked.

Update: Made the dish again and added 2 chopped green bell pepper and 1 large head broccoli florets to the pot when sautéing the ginger and garlic, it is a more well rounded dish now 😉

Paleo General Tso's Chicken with broccoli and bell pepper.

Paleo General Tso’s Chicken with broccoli and bell pepper.




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