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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 Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4
Author: Lexi


  • 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast diced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 scallions sliced thin and whites and greens separated
  • 1 ” piece ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup coconut hoisin sauce see note for substitute
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried bird’s eye chili or crushed red pepper flakes
  • Cauliflower rice for serving
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • 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.
  • Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Once hot, brown chicken on both sides, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken and set aside. To the pan add the white parts of the scallion, ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • 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.
  • Serve chicken immediately with sauce from the skillet over cauliflower rice and top with green parts of the scallions and sesame seeds.


  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!


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 900mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g