General Tso's Chickpeas - All of the flavor of everyone's favorite takeout dish, but easier to make with HALF the calories.
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General Tso's Chickpeas

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time:
25 mins
Easy recipe for General Tso's Chickpeas—all the addictive flavor of General Tso's Chicken but ready in less time and half the calories!


For the Chickpeas and Vegetables:

  • 1 can chickpeas — (15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil — or grapeseed oil, or other neutral cooking oil good for high heat
  • 1 large crown broccoli — cut into florets
  • 2 small red bell peppers — cored and sliced
  • cloves minced garlic
  • 2 green onions — thinly sliced, white and green parts divided
  • Toasted sesame seeds — optional for serving
  • Prepared brown rice quinoa, sorghum, or other whole grain, for serving

For the General Tso's Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4  cup  hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons  apricot jam
  • tablespoons rice vinegar
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons  chili garlic sauce


  1. If serving the stir fry with rice, quinoa, or other grain, prepare as needed. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then spread on a paper or dishtowel and lightly pat dry. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk all of the sauce ingredients together: water, soy sauce, hoisin, jam, rice vinegar, ginger, cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce. Taste and add additional garlic chili sauce if you prefer more heat.
  3. Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet or wok over medium high. Add the broccoli and bell peppers. Cook 2 minutes, then stir in the garlic, white parts of the green onions, and chickpeas. Cook for 3 additional minutes, until the vegetables are crisp tender, then pour in the sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 additional minutes. Sprinkle with the green portion of the green onions and sesame seeds. Serve hot with prepared rice or quinoa.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: General Tso's Chickpeas, Vegetarian Chinese Food

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4), stir-fry without rice) — Calories: 286, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 1445mg, Carbohydrates: 48g, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 15g, Protein: 12g

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