Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso Wings

Yearning for the distinctive combination of sweet, spicy, and savory found in Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso Chicken Wings? This easy copycat recipe delivers the delicious essence of this fan-favorite dish to your own kitchen. Achieve that ideal balance of crispy fried wings coated in a tantalizing sauce.

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What Makes General Tso Chicken Wings So Good? 

General Tso Chicken is one of the most popular menu items at Chinese restaurants in the US, so why has it taken so long for someone to create General Tso Chicken Wings? Well, Buffalo Wild Wings did, and it is absolutely to die for.

The classic General Tso sauce coating perfectly fried crispy wings, now what could be better than that?

Why You Should Try This Recipe for General Tso Wings

Sadly, nothing lasts forever, and this dish has disappeared from the menu at Buffalo Wild Wings. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ever eat it again. You’ll just have to make it yourself.

The good news is that putting together the sauce is a snap and uses everyday ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Whether you fry your wings, like in this General Tso Chicken Wings recipe, or cook them in the air fryer, you have one delicious snack that is perfect for chowing down on during the game or serving as a casual dinner. 

General Tso Wings Ingredients

For the General Tso wing sauce, you’ll need:

  • Fresh ginger 
  • Fresh garlic
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • White sugar
  • Light soy sauce
  • White vinegar
  • Dry sherry or dry white wine
  • Chicken broth

You can save a lot of time using pre-minced and frozen garlic and ginger like the ones from Dorot Gardens

For the wings, you’ll need:

  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Chicken wings

You can buy chicken wings already divided into drumettes and wingettes, but they are usually more expensive. Why not save money and freeze the wingtips for making chicken stock by cutting up the whole wings yourself?

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso chicken wings ingredients on a tray.

How to Make the General Tso Chicken Wing Recipe 

To cook the chicken wings:

  1. Take the wings out of the fridge to come up to room temperature. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil to 375°F. A deep fryer makes cooking the wings much easier, but if you don’t have one, heat the oil in a heavy-bottom pot. Use a deep-fry thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot to make sure the oil is at the correct temperature. 
  3. Once the oil comes up to 375°F, pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel and carefully add five or six wings to the oil. Adding too many wings at once will lower the temperature too much. 
  4. Cook the wings for between 10 and 12 minutes, until golden brown and done. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F. While the chicken wings are cooking, it is an excellent time to make the sauce recipe below. 
  5. Transfer the cooked wings onto a wire rack set on a sheet pan. If you are cooking the wings in multiple batches, put the tray with the wings in the oven set to WARM. Finish cooking the rest of the chicken. 
Deep fried chicken wings draining on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

To prepare the General Tso sauce for the chicken wings:

  1. Peel the ginger. Mince the ginger and garlic and place in a saucepan.
  2. Add the cornstarch, water, white sugar, light soy sauce, white vinegar, dry sherry, and chicken broth to the saucepan and whisk well. 
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer over medium while whisking occasionally until the sauce thickens. 
  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and cover to keep warm.
General Tso chicken wing sauce in a pan.

To sauce and serve General Tso Wings:

  1. Place a quarter of the wings and a quarter of the sauce in a large bowl. 
  2. Toss the wings to coat and plate. 
  3. Repeat with the remaining chicken wings. 
  4. Serve immediately. 
Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo wings on parchment paper in a serving basket.

What to Serve General Tso Wings With 

You can go with the traditional raw veggie sticks or even fries, but why not stick to the Asian theme and serve with white rice? An easy way to serve the rice is to wet your hands and form each serving of rice into the shape of a puck.

Wrap each rice puck in waxed paper to allow people to hold the rice without it sticking to their fingers. 

How to Store the Leftovers

You shouldn’t save any of the wings you served for health reasons. However, you can refrigerate unserved wings in an airtight container for up to three days. Just let the chicken come down to room temperature before storing.

You can store any unused sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or 3 months in the freezer.

What Is the Best Way to Reheat Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso Chicken Wings?

An air fryer gives you the crispiest results:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
  2. Heat the wings for about five minutes or until hot. Turn the wings over halfway through the cooking time. 

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can reheat the wings in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 
  2. Place the wings on a wire rack over a baking tray and heat for about 8 minutes or until hot. Flip the wings after four minutes. 
Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso chicken wings in a basket lined with parchment paper.

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Buffalo Wild Wings General Tso Wings

You can make General Tso chicken wings like Buffalo Wild Wings with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Wild Wings Recipes, Chicken Wings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 247kcal

Ingredients

Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • vegetable or canola oil for deep frying

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger root
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or dry white wine
  • 14 ounces chicken broth

Instructions

  • If necessary, cut the wings into drumettes and wingettes. Be sure to cut off the wing tip (you can save this for making chicken stock). Pat the wings dry with a paper towel.
  • In a deep fryer, heat the oil to 375°F. Deep fry the chicken wings for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on their size, until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the wings from the fryer and transfer to a wire rack to drain.
  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Cook until thickened. Then reduce the temperature to a simmer.
  • Place 1/4 of the wings in a medium-sized bowl. Add a ladle of sauce and gently toss. Repeat with remaining wings and sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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