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Healthy General Tso's Chicken | Better Than Takeout

Mouthwateringly delicious, this Healthy General Tso’s Chicken recipe is the best you’ll ever have. High-protein chicken breasts are coated in garbanzo bean flour and almond meal and then sautéed in olive oil instead of deep-fried. It’s a clean-eating, gluten-free meal for any night of the week!

Categories Clean Eating, gluten free, Healthy, Make It Healthy
Difficulty Easy
Keyword healthy general tso chicken, healthy general tso chicken recipe, sugar free general tso sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 491 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef



  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups Garbanzo bean flour divided
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch plus more for sauce
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil plus more as needed


  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 dried red chilies


  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Prep three medium mixing bowls to create the coating. In one, add just 2/3 cup garbanzo flour. In the next one, add 3 eggs and then beat them together. In the final bowl, combine the remaining 2/3 cup garbanzo flour with the almond meal, and 1 tbsp. arrowroot starch.
  2. Prep your skillet by heating it over medium-high heat and adding the olive oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, create an assembly line with the chicken.
  4. Start by dredging the chicken into the garbanzo flour, followed by the egg, then the garbanzo-almond meal mixture, Then, place into the hot skillet. Repeat with about half of the chicken, making sure to leave enough space in between the chicken to cook evenly.
  5. Cook for 2-4 minutes on the one side, or until golden-brown, then turn over and brown the other side. Once browned, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Repeat with the remaining chicken. (If you need, you can add a little extra olive oil to help keep the chicken cooking evenly.)
  6. To make the sauce, combine the low sodium chicken broth, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, low sodium soy sauce, coconut sugar, the remaining 2 tsp. arrowroot starch, minced fresh ginger, minced garlic, and dried red chilies in a skillet and cook over medium-high heat until it begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Return the cooked chicken to the pan and toss to coat evenly. Cook for an additional couple minutes to heat the chicken through.
  8. Serve with steamed brown rice, if desired, and topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

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Nutrition Facts
Healthy General Tso's Chicken | Better Than Takeout
Amount Per Serving
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 212
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.5g36%
Saturated Fat 3.1g16%
Cholesterol 193.9mg65%
Sodium 829.7mg35%
Carbohydrates 24.3g8%
Fiber 3.3g13%
Sugar 13.3g15%
Protein 43.8g88%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.