Low-Carb General Tso’s Chicken – Diabetic Foodie

By electricdiet / June 22, 2020


Satisfy your takeout cravings without the unnecessary carbs! You’ll love the sweet flavors and crispy texture of this low-carb General Tso’s chicken.

Low-Carb General Tso's Chicken on a plate with steamed broccoli

Who doesn’t love General Tso’s chicken? This sweet and crispy dish is a westernized version of Chinese food, but it’s one of the most popular carry-out dishes.

Unfortunately, it’s not very heart-healthy or diabetic-friendly. The chicken is usually deep-fried and then coated in a sticky-sweet sauce. This means that it’s packed with calories, carbs, sugar, and sodium.

So when I saw this low-carb General Tso’s chicken in Ching’s Everyday Easy Chinese by Ching-He Huang, I knew I had to try it!

Ching’s recipe is quick and easy to make, and the result is absolutely delicious. It’s less sweet than restaurant versions, which I liked. It allowed some of the other flavors to shine.

It’s also a bit spicy, but not overpowering. Just make sure you don’t eat the chiles!

Her recipe does call for yellow bean sauce, which I couldn’t find at any local markets. But the glossary in the back of her book says yellow bean sauce is “made from fermented yellow soy beans, dark brown sugar and rice wine.” Once I read that, I decided hoisin sauce would be a decent substitute.

If you’ve been missing Chinese carryout, definitely give this healthier General Tso’s chicken a try!

How to make low-carb General Tso’s chicken

This dish comes together with just a bit of prep. Then, simply add everything to your pan and cook!

You can see how i make the recipe in this short video or follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2: Place the cubed chicken in a medium bowl and season with salt and white pepper. Add the cornstarch, mix well, then set aside.

Step 3: Heat a wok or large pan over high heat. Once hot, add the peanut oil.

Step 4: Add the garlic and red chiles, stirring for a few seconds, then add the chicken and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.

Step 5: When the chicken starts to turn opaque, add the sherry and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

Step 6: Add the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 7: Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, another minute or two.

Step 8: Turn off the heat, discard the red chiles, and stir in the scallions to serve.

You can choose to leave the red chiles if you want a pop of color on your plate, just be sure not to eat them!

Did you know that General Tso’s chicken in a typical Chinese restaurant has about 850 calories, 40g fat, and 60g carbs?!

This recipe, on the other hand, has about 275 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 18g carbs per serving. How much better is that?

The whole recipe is for 2 servings, so even if you ate the whole thing, you’d still be better off than ordering from a restaurant!

I do recommend using low-sodium tamari or soy sauce to minimize the sodium in this dish. I prefer tamari to traditional soy sauce because it seems less salty to me and it contains no wheat.

If you’re really trying to lower your sodium, you could also reduce or omit the salt used to season the chicken at the beginning.

Looking for some tasty sides to serve with your General Tso’s chicken?

You can never go wrong adding steamed veggies to your plate. I love eating this dish with a side of broccoli or edamame!

The broccoli is also great for sopping up any leftover sauce.

Storage

This tasty chicken dish is best served right away. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

If you know you won’t eat both servings, I would recommend leaving the scallions off the portion you plan to save.

Scallions are much better fresh, so if you can, don’t add them until right before you serve this dish!

Other healthy chicken recipes

Chicken breast is such a great protein. Not only is it super lean and healthy, but there are also so many ways to cook it! If you’re looking for a few more chicken breast recipes, here are some of my favorites:

When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

Recipe Card

Low-Carb General Tso's Chicken

Low-Carb General Tso’s Chicken

Satisfy your takeout cravings without the unnecessary carbs! You’ll love the sweet flavors and crispy texture of this low-carb General Tso’s chicken.

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

Total Time:10 minutes

Author:Shelby Kinnaird

Servings:2

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce. Mix well and set aside.

  • Place the cubed chicken in a medium bowl and season with salt and white pepper. Add the cornstarch, mix well, then set aside.

  • Heat a wok or large pan over high heat. Once hot, add the peanut oil.

  • Add the garlic and red chiles, stirring for a few seconds, then add the chicken and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.

  • When the chicken starts to turn opaque, add the sherry and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

  • Add the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened, another minute or two.

  • Turn off the heat, discard the red chiles, and stir in the scallions to serve.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for 2 servings of General Tso’s chicken. Do not eat the red chiles.  Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Info Per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Low-Carb General Tso’s Chicken

Amount Per Serving (1 serving)

Calories 313 Calories from Fat 74

% Daily Value*

Fat 8.2g13%

Saturated Fat 1.2g8%

Trans Fat 0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2g

Monounsaturated Fat 3.1g

Cholesterol 86.7mg29%

Sodium 990.2mg43%

Potassium 463.8mg13%

Carbohydrates 18.3g6%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 10.4g12%

Protein 33.6g67%

Vitamin A 0IU0%

Vitamin C 0mg0%

Calcium 0mg0%

Iron 0mg0%

Net carbs 17.3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Chinese

Diet: Diabetic

Keyword: easy dinner recipes, General Tso’s Chicken, low-carb, low-carb chicken



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