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Easy Dump & Bake GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN (Paleo and AIP)

Easy Dump & Bake GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN is super fast to assemble and cook. An easy homemade version of the famous Chinese takeout, this is the Paleo and AIP version! Chicken breast, broccoli and the quick sauce are baked together in a casserole dish to make a no-fuss, healthy and fresh weeknight meal!
Course DInner
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword 1-pan, aip, dump and bake, general tso's chicken, paleo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492kcal
Author Megan
Cost $15

Equipment

  • 9x13 casserole dish
  • oven

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) or thighs, if preferred
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar, if preferred (not for AIP)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons fresh ginger grated or minced (Don't omit this ingredient. It's very important for creating a flavorful sauce. Use more for a slightly spicier finish.)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ketchup (nightshade-free) or Paleo ketchup; for AIP, fine to use No-Tomato Sauce if preferred
  • 2 teaspoons dried ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha (optional) omit for AIP
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • fat for greasing the casserole dish I used bacon fat. You may also use another animal fat, coconut oil or for non-AIP, toasted sesame oil.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x13 baking dish (or similar), and set aside.
  • Chop chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Spread them out in the prepared baking dish. (There is no need to toss them in the fat.) Bake 10 minutes.
    overhead view of chopped raw chicken breasts in casserole dish
  • While chicken bakes, combine sauce ingredients in a glass measuring dish or bowl: apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, fresh ginger, coconut aminos, tapioca, ketchup, dried ginger, fresh garlic and sea salt. Whisk them together.
    overhead view of General Tso's sauce
  • Remove from oven. The chicken pieces will have cooked together to some extent. That's okay. Add chopped broccoli and freshly whisked sauce (this ensures the tapioca is evenly incorporated into the sauce and hasn't settled). Fold together the ingredients, separating the chicken pieces as needed while stirring, and spread them out again evenly in the baking dish. Return the baking dish to the oven.
  • Bake 10 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through to the center (with an internal temperature of 165ºF, if you wish to check). The sauce will now be nicely thickened. With 2 large spoons, toss all of the ingredients together, causing the sauce to coat the meat and broccoli with an appealing glaze.
    process photo after chicken and broccoli have baked in casserole dish with sauce
  • Serve with cauliflower rice or white rice (for non-Paleo/AIP) and an optional additional veggie like roasted or sautéed asparagus. Optional: Garnish with sliced scallions.
    General Tso's Chicken served in white dish with rice and asparagus

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 75g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 1585mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 672IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg