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General Tso Meatballs Recipe

If you enjoy General Tso's Chicken or are a meatball lover like me, then you'll flip for these General Tso Meatballs made with ground chicken!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Asian-Italian
Keyword: chicken meatballs, General tso meatballs, general tso's, general tsos chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 259kcal


  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup-3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 2 TBS garlic paste or 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 TBS ginger paste or 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • If you like spicy add in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes
  • Sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 TBS rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 TBS hoisin sauce
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 TBS garlic paste or make a paste from a large clove of garlic
  • 1/2 TBS ginger paste or teaspoon minced ginger
  • Optional 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl, mix together and form into meatballs.
  • When ready to cook, pan-fry them in a small amount of grapeseed or olive oil. I start with 1 1/2 TBS and add more when needed. Fry in batches so they can be turned gently to allow even browning.
  • Turn often browning as many "sides" of the meatball as you can.
  • Remove meatballs from pan, if excess oil remains, pour it out.
  • Add in sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil and reduce by 20%.
  • If you would like your sauce a little thicker, spoon out 2 TBS of the sauce into a ramekin and stir in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, stir until dissolved and add it back into the sauce allowing it to simmer for 30 seconds and it becomes fully mixed in.
  • Add meatballs back to the pan and simmer until cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with sliced scallions and serve alone or over rice,


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 2635mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg