Healthy General Tso's Chicken

Healthy General Tso's Chicken is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner.  It's a lighter take on the classic American take-out dish and will  loved by both kids and adults. It also happens to be  be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 4
Cuisine Gluten-free
Cook Time 12 minutes
Recipe Type: Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Total Time 22 minutes
Author: [get-the-author]



  1. Cut chicken into 1" pieces and place inside of a large bowl with arrowroot starch and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the chicken fully.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Once hot, brown chicken on both sides, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside. To the pan add the white parts of the scallion, ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  4. Add in the coconut hoisin, rice vinegar, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, honey, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Once the sauce has boiled and thickened up, add back the chicken and cook through until hot, about 1 more minute.
  5. Serve chicken immediately with sauce from the skillet over cauliflower rice and top with green parts of the scallions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  1. Traditional hoisin sauce contains gluten. There are some brands out there that are free from gluten such as Coconut Secrets brand. If you can’t readily find a gluten-free brand, feel free to substitute teriyaki sauce.
  2. Despite this recipe calling for a lot of “coconut” products, this does not at all taste like coconut!


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