These delicious General Tso Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection, then coated in sweet and savory General Tso sauce that will have you licking your fingers.
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If you’re a fan of American Chinese food, there’s no doubt you love General Tso’s chicken, even if it has no actual similarity to real Chinese food. It’s a deep fried chicken dish in a delectable sweet sticky sauce.
I’m a serious chicken wing fan, so I’m always creating new flavors and trying new ways to dress up chicken wings. Everyone loves the original buffalo wing flavor but chicken wings are a blank canvas waiting for flavor.
We ordered in the other night and as I was eating my General Tso’s chicken, I had an epiphany. What if I used this sauce on chicken wings!
It actually is pretty brilliant, because the outcome is amazing. You’re going to love these wings.
For a party, we like to serve these along with Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings to give two different flavors for guests to enjoy.
There are a lot of ways you can cook chicken wings, but baking leads to a tender and crispy wing, with a lot less fat, and it’s an easy way to make them.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This recipe is really pretty easy. The sauce does require quite a few ingredients, but it is so worth the effort. The sauce comes together in less than 5 minutes and can be made ahead of time.
- Chicken wings – 1 pound of chicken wings
- Salt and ground black pepper – to taste
- Sauce ingredients – Soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, rice wine, brown sugar, chili paste, chicken broth, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch.
How to Make General Tso Chicken Wings
Bake the wings for 15 minutes. Flip them over and bake for another 15 minutes on the other side.
While the wings are cooking, you can put together the General Tso sauce. This requires nine ingredients that you might already have on hand, and it comes together in under 5 minutes. You can mix up the sauce and set it aside until the wings are ready.
After the 30 minute bake time, remove the wings and baste them with the sauce. Be generous and coat the top side of the chicken wings.
Switch the oven to broil, with the top rack lowered to the 2nd row. This will help keep the splatter and flare ups to a minimum. You’ll want to keep a close eye on the wings as they broil. They only need about 3 minutes per side.
Once one side begins to crackle and pop, remove the tray and slather the sauce on the other side of the wings. Broil for 3 minutes.
If you want to add more sauce to the wings, you can toss them in a bowl with any remaining sauce.
How to Serve Chicken Wings
These baked wings are great for parties, picnics, or even backyard barbecues. They turn out perfect every time, and the sauce makes them irresistible finger food!
If you like these, you might want to try our Sweet & Spicy Korean Chicken Wings or go a step further and brine the chicken wings for more tenderness. We also really like these Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings.
Tips and Notes
- Chicken is considered fully cooked and safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 165° F (73.8° C).
- Lay the chicken wings on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, silicon mat or tin foil for easy clean-up.
- Baste the wings with the sauce and/or toss them with sauce to coat. Both ways are easy and delicious.
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General Tso Chicken Wings
- 1 pound chicken wings
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon rice wine
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon chili paste/oil optional
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger finely grated
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Pre-heat the oven to 400° F (205C).
- Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients, except for the cornstarch, in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Once boiling, add the cornstarch and cool on a low boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Remove the wings from the oven and baste them liberally with the General Tso sauce.
- Turn your oven to broil, with the top rack lowered to the 2nd row. Broil the wings for 3 minutes. Remove the tray and slather the sauce on the other side of the wings. Broil again.
- Once the wings have gotten a light char on each side, remove them from the oven. If you like more sauce, put the wings in a bowl, add the remaining sauce, and toss to coat.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.