Joe’s Shanghai | General Tso’s Chicken

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC is Joe’s Shanghai.  You can always expect a long wait here at every hour of the day.  They are known for their soup dumping (xiao long bao).  However, one of my other favorite dish here that I love is the General Tso’s chicken.  While you can get this dish literally at any Chinese take-out or fast-casual restaurant, I love the version here.  Here’s how to recreate a slightly healthier version of this dish.


Chicken Preparation
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into cubes)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
Secret Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Combine the chicken breast cubes with the 1/4 cup of cornstarch and let it marinate.
  • Mix the rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water, sugar and tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Place the chicken cubes into a frying pan with the olive oil and fry until crispy.
  • Remove chicken from the pan and drain all but a tablespoon of the oil.
  • Add the chili flakes, ginger and garlic into the frying pan.
  • Cook the garlic for about another 30 seconds.
  • Add in the chicken and stir well with the sauce.
  • Stir for about 30 seconds until the sauce becomes thick.