General Tso’s Chickpeas & Greens

You'll never go back to takeout after trying this quick n' easy gluten-free and plant-based take on the classic

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General Tso’s Chickpeas & Greens

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We served up our favorite GENERAL TSO’S CHICKPEAS with extra GREENS!

Most people think of General Tso’s as a deep fried dish but if you add the General Tso’s sauce to a stir fry you get the same delicious flavor, only healthier.

And it is so quick and easy!

No wonder General Tso’s Chickpeas and Veggies has become one our go to dishes.

We literally make it several times a month because it is so versatile— we just whip up the sauce and stir fry it with any mix of veggies, chickpeas plus some chicken for the boys.  Served over rice, it is super easy and beyond delicious meal.

And a total crowd pleaser in our house, and everyone needs a few of those dishes in their repertoire, right?

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Let’s start with the sauce.

This General Tso’s sauce is adapted from Pinch of Yum and is delish! It’s a little sweet, a little spicy and so yummy.

It’s made with sesame oil, garlic, ginger, vegetable broth, gluten-free tamari or soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, gluten-free plain tomato paste, cornstarch and water.

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I usually make this first and let it simmer and thicken (just 5-10 minutes) while I prep the veggies. You could also make it ahead of time. It will thicken when it cools, but thin up again when heated up.

Now to the main dish!

This time we made it with cauliflower, bok choy, snow peas, chickpeas (+ chicken for the boys) and the only other thing you need is the General Tso’s sauce, scallions, garlic and some rice!

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We made the sauce separately and while it thickened, prepped and sautéed some peppers, broccoli and chickpeas, then added the sauce.  That’s it!

Like all our recipes, this one is very customizable —  You can substitute chicken for chickpeas or as we do in our house – make chicken AND chickpeas! You can also switch up the veggies depending on what you have in the house and your preferences.

And you can stir fry the veggies separate as in the main photo or mix it all together like this,

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Any way, it is delicious!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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General Tso's Chickpeas & Greens

A healthier and delicious take on the classic deep fried dish -- plus it's gluten-free and plant-based! Sautéed veggies, chickpeas or even chicken stir fried with a General Tso's sauce. A quick and easy weekday meal.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


General Tso's Sauce (adapted from Pinch of Yum)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 knob of ginger grated
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
  • cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free plain tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1-2 tablespoons of cold water (for a thinner sauce, use 1 tablespoon corn starch)

Stirfry Veggies

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 -3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized florets
  • 1-2 cups snow peas trimmed
  • 5- 6 baby bok choy ends trimmed, cut lengthwise
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced, white and green parts divided
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional for serving
  • Optional: chicken breast cut into 1-2 inch pieces

Prepared brown rice, white rice or quinoa for serving


    General Tso's Sauce

    • In a small saucepan, heat the sesame oil over medium low heat.
    • Add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for a minute or two, until fragrant
    • Add remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Set aside.
    • Note: Sauce will thicken when it cools, then thin up again when heated. Whisk or stir before spooning onto chickpeas and veggies.

    Veggie Stir Fry

    • In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add 2-3 tbsp oil and heat until shimmering but not burning. Add white parts of onions and some of the green parts, and saute a minute or two until just tender. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
    • Add cauliflower and saute 3-4 minutes until starting to get tender. Add bok choy and snow peas and saute an additional 2-3 minutes until bright green and tender-crisp. Cook longer for softer vegetables.
    • Add a few spoonfuls of General Tso's sauce to the sauteed vegetables and stir to combine. Heat 2-3 minutes until warm if the sauce isn't already warm.
    • Spoon vegetables into a bowl and set aside.
    • Add chickpeas to the same saute pan and over medium heat, saute 2-3 minutes to warm. Spoon General Tso's Sauce onto the chickpeas, stir to combine, let simmer a few minutes and serve. The longer the chickpeas simmer with the sauce, the more they absorb the flavor.
    • Serve chickpeas and veggies over rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and additional green parts of onion if desired.

    OPTION: In place of chickpeas you could saute chicken but cook the chicken first, then add in the vegetables.

      NOTE: to keep the veggies and chickpeas separate in this photo, I sautéed them each separately. First the cauliflower then set aside; then the bok choy, then set aside; then snow peas, and lastly, the chickpeas. I added some of the sauce directly to the chickpeas and let them simmer. Then added the additional sauce on top of the veggies.

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        9 thoughts on “General Tso’s Chickpeas & Greens

        1. 5 stars
          Sooooo good! I made this for dinner tonight and my husband (who is not gf) stated it was better than the Chinese takeout he had last night. I made chickpeas for me, and chicken for him. This might be our new favorite recipe from healthy gf family!

        2. Help! I’m so confused!

          In the instructions to the stir-fry, it says to add the chickpeas in step #2. (“Then add in chickpeas and saute 1-2 minutes until warm.”)
          But then in step #5, it says to add the chickpeas to the pan. ( “Add chickpeas to the same saute pan…”). ???? Are we supposed to divide the chickpeas? But that doesn’t make any sense! Help, please! What are we supposed to do with the chickpeas, and when? Thanks!

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