General Tsao's Chicken | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


I found this recipe on the Weight Watchers website.  You can do no wrong with this one- go make it now.

General Tsao’s Chicken


  • 3/4 cups canned chicken broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 2 medium scallions, chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or 1 dried chili pepper, minced
  • 1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cooked white rice, kept hot


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic and pepper and cook 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add reserved sauce and simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Serve chicken and sauce over rice. Yields about 1 cup of chicken and sauce and 1/2 cup of rice per serving.

Points per serving: 6


  • I doubled the recipe for our family as I was positive that we would like it and want leftovers for the next day (I was right).
  • I did not have peanut oil in my kitchen pantry so I substituted olive oil.
  • I omitted the scallions as I did not want to hear my children whine about there being “green things” in their food, ha ha.
  • I halved the red pepper flakes as I did not want it too spicy for the children- it turned out perfect for us.


This recipe rocked the house.  It did taste like General Tsao’s Chicken, minus all the fatty breading.  My daughter asked for seconds, a sure sign that she enjoyed it.  To be honest, I wanted to pick up my plate and lick it clean- it was that good.  Sweetening the pot- it is a HEALTHY recipe.  We will most definitely be making this one again, and soon!

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I’m a runner, on my way to becoming a marathoner. I am 42 years old and have found a peaceful acceptance of my body. Through running, I have discovered who I am, besides a mom to three kids and a wife to one. I truly enjoy sharing my love of fitness with others while empowering and motivating women to conquer their fear of the unknown. In my spare time, I manage the Run with the Sisterhood Facebook page, work here and there for Zooma Women’s Race Series, and work part-time at our local YMCA.