I looove Chinese food. But haven’t actually been to a Chinese restaurant or ordered Chinese food in over four years.


Well, I simply haven’t found a restaurant that doesn’t load their sauces with GMOs, rancid vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and MSG. And if I ate all those things in one sitting, my stomach might explode. And I’m just not up for it.

So I make my own. It’s actually really easy and while it may seem like there are a lot of ingredients, you probably have a lot of them already. Ketchup, balsamic, garlic, etc. They’re all pretty common. And they make amazing Chinese food.

I remember loving General Tso’s chicken as a kid. I couldn’t remember the exact flavor so I took a look at some recipes. I came up with my own version of paleo General Tso’s chicken and I think it hits the spot.


  • 4 chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup of tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (this kind has no coconut flavor)

For sauce

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder (you can add more if it doesn’t thicken)
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • scallions to sprinkle on top


  1. Dredge the chicken in the tapioca flour, making sure it’s coated.
  2. Cook on all sides until golden brown and crispy.
  3. While you’re cooking the chicken, in a medium sized pan add the coconut oil, sesame oil, ketchup, coconut sugar, coconut aminos and balsamic.
  4. Let it heat up.
  5. Add the arrowroot and stir continuously until it thickens.
  6. Once thick, add the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  7. Toss the sauce with the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle scallions on top.

Paleo General Tso's Chicken - healthy, gluten-free, Chinese food that's perfect for dinner or as leftovers for lunch!


  1. How is this Paleo, when it includes sugar? Coconut sugar is still sugar.

    • dani Reply

      There’s fruit in sugar too. Doesn’t mean it’s not paleo.

      • Sugar is a natural ingredient in the foods our ancestors ate…. It is totally Paleo if it’s not processed….and used with discretion of course….great recipe…!!!

  2. Do you think you could mix the sauce ingredients together and put the chicken in the crockpot instead?

    • dani Reply

      Probably but don’t dredge it in the flour. Skip that step because then it will be a soggy, weird mess.

    • dani Reply

      They have a slightly different flavor profile. You could possibly try 1/4 tsp or less. You can also store peeled fresh ginger in the freezer and grate it straight from frozen each time you need a small amount.

  3. So many misconceptions regarding “sugar”. As individuals we need to do a little research, to understand definitions. That being said….what kind of ketchup are you using? I’m sure there are friendly recipes for it, and I haven’t looked yet, but I know most commercially made ones include high fructose syrup. This recipe sounds worthy of trying!

    • CHEPPY Paulus Sprague Reply


  4. how much oil are you suppose to put in the pot before you put the chicken in?

  5. Made with a ketchup without high fructose corn syrup and are over riced cauliflower, just because and my family LOVED IT!!! Even my son – very picky.

    Thank you so much!!!

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