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General Tso’s BBQ Grilled Chicken

General Tso’s BBQ Grilled Chicken is a delightfully flavorful way to change up your usual BBQ grilled chicken. This Asian style BBQ sauce is amazingly flavorful and super easy. Tender, tasty grilled chicken is about to be yours. 

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When Hubby and I were 100% newbie newlyweds 17 years ago, we were so weird about cooking together. Not awkward, but absolutely silly. Like, we each thought we had the way better way of handling dinner.

Granted, we each had been independently living on our own for years before we met, so we had developed our own set of self-proclaimed “awesome” culinary skills. I fully believed my way of chopping garlic was the way and I was willing to enter combat over it. He was convinced that his old-school method of cooking rice in a pot was unbeatable. You get the pic. It took awhile for us newbies to finally figure out how behave normally in the kitchen together.

One thing both of us did actually agree on from the start was that Asian style BBQ grilled chicken is the way to go. For sure we both had our own tweaks and spins on the marinade deets, but it was kinda fun combining our own favorite recipes for a different flair at every cookout.

Throughout the years, we’ve served up this ultra popular  Hawaiian BBQ Grilled Chicken Recipe and our tried-and-true Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, which everyone gobbles up.

Allow me to now share with you this fantastic new cookout winner: General Tso’s Grilled BBQ Chicken…

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Why We Love General Tso’s BBQ Grilled Chicken:

  • This Asian style BBQ Grilled chicken is full of big, bold flavors that captivates the taste buds
  • It’s made up of simple, everyday ingredients you probably have on hand
  • It results in supremely tender, succulent chicken
  • You can prep and marinade it up to 2 days beforehand, which makes grill day easy
  • There’s literally lots of awesome sauce to pour over finished chicken. Ultra yummy-saucy.
  • It’s an affordable way to feed a crowd [and leftovers are awesome.]

Also. I now use a certain old school method of cooking rice in a pot 🙂

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General Tso's BBQ Grilled Chicken

4.80 from 5 ratings
General Tso's BBQ Grilled Chicken is a delightfully flavorful way to change up your usual BBQ grilled chicken. This Asian style BBQ sauce is amazingly flavorful and super easy. Tender, tasty grilled chicken is about to be yours.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 55 mins

Ingredients  

For the Chicken:

  • 4 to 4.5 lbs chicken legs
  • 8 TB Tamari soy sauce*
  • 4 TB olive oil

For Basting Sauce:

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 TB light corn syrup
  • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  • Use paper towels to thoroughly dry excess moisture from chicken pieces. Use a fork to poke holes throughout all chicken pieces. Place chicken in a large Ziplock bag and add Tamari soy sauce and olive oil. Seal bag well and ensure chicken pieces are well coated with mixture. Chill for overnight, or up to 2 nights.
  • Meanwhile, make the Basting Sauce: Combine all marinade ingredients (not cilantro) and whisk to incorporate. Separate marinade in half (half is for basting, rest is for serving.) Can be made ahead of time and covered/chilled until ready to grill.
  • When ready to grill, place bag of chicken at room temp while you prepare the grill. Grill chicken uncovered, rotating, and basting with half of the Basting Sauce, until thickest portion registers 165F.
  • Once all chicken is cooked, pour reserved Sauce over grilled chicken, coating all the pieces. Sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

Notes

*Tamari soy sauce is a lower sodium, gluten-free soy sauce that has better flavor than normal soy sauce, as it's 100% made from soy beans with no added ingredients. However, if you cannot find Tamari, you can use lower sodium soy sauce.
Course: chicken, Main
Cuisine: Asian

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20 comments

    • Joycelyn
    • 4 stars

    Actually, not all Tamari soy sauce, [ even though regular San J Tamari uses less wheat than other brands ] are 100% gluten free. If you want gluten free you have to choose San J gluten free which has a different label than the original San J Tamari. Same with San J Tamari lower sodium, if you want lower sodium you have to choose the lower sodium which should be clear on the label.
    I keep all three on hand. Regular San J Tamari which I use most often, Gluten free San J Tamari for when one of our grandchildren who cannot eat gluten comes to visit, and San J Lower sodium for certain family members who prefer the lower sodium to sprinkle on their rice etc.
    I would think even with any other brand of Tamari that offers regular, gluten free or lower sodium it would be the same, so it would be prudent to read the labels thoroughly before purchasing.

    • Emily (@amummytoo)

    They look so good! I want to try making these, but I can also think of some other recipes to use your fabulous barbecue sauce.

    • Tiffany Yong

    Spices always make meat taste better and more fragrant! I love the smell of the spices and it always make me salivate!

    • Tiffany

    This looks fantastic! I love this dish but I would prefer to make it at home so I can play with it to my own liking! This is perfect, I can’t wait to make it!!

    • Nati

    What an awesome recipe for bbq sauce! Our grill season ha been short, as we had horrible weather until end of may and now we’ll be leaving for 4 weeks to Italy! But I’m hoping for a nice a warm September to keep grilling!

    • Becca Wilson
    • 5 stars

    General Tsos is one of our favorites whenever we get takeout. This looks like it would taste absolutely amazing on the chicken off the grill.

    • Nicole

    This looks so good! I was just thinking aboutmaking chicken for dinner tonight so I’ll have to try this one out. Thanks for sharing!

    • flora_the_sweaterist

    That looks delicious! I’m just discovering whether I’m any good in the kitchen, so I keep an eye out for recipes I may try as I get familiar with the basics of preparing food.

    • Taryn

    OMG. This looks so good! The recipe looks really easy to make, too, so I think I might try this on the grill!

    • hillcitybride

    I love this type of chicken and generally order it when we go to a Chinese place. I can’t wait to make it at home now!!

    • Hieu Le

    I am going to make this for my class’s weekend party lol. Be my first time. Gotta try

    • Elizabeth O

    This is the perfect recipe for bbq season! It looks like it would go down a real treat!

    • Ann Snook
    • 5 stars

    Ooo, I love General Tso’s chicken! This sounds so delicious and great for summer.

    • Deserted_Queen

    Bbq is on go now. I love the different types of varieties in it .

    • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

    oh very very nice! I love bbq for summer! haven’t eaten it for ages though, I need to make myself some treat

    • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    Looks yummy! I bet this recipe will be a big hit with my boys. 🙂

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    Wow, the BBQ Grilled chicken look so yummy. I like how Tamari soy sauce is added!

    • Mattie Lacey-Davidson

    They look insane! I never cook meat at home because I was vegetarian growing up I’m not that confident, but I definitely want to try this x

    • Geraline Batarra
    • 5 stars

    This BBQ Grilled Chicken looks really delicious and so simple to make, I am sure this is a winner dish for my family.

    • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    SOOOO totally making a variation of this! We have been BBQing up a storm lately, so this sounds PERFECT!

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