Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Super Easy Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken. Way better (and healthier) than takeout!

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken1

General Tso’s Chicken is my all time favorite take out dish. It’s my go to whenever I order Chinese takeout. I like my General Tso’s Chicken extra saucy so I made sure to add lots of sauce to the chicken. A lot of the sauce does dissolve as it’s cooked and gets super thick thanks to the cornstarch coated chicken.

This recipe is also a lot healthier than takeout General Tso’s Chicken. There is no deep frying in this recipe just a little oil to sauté the chicken.


To make this Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken start by tossing cubed chicken pieces with cornstarch in a large ziplock bag. Pan fry until golden brown on both sides and add to the slow cooker. Whip up the sauce ingredients together and toss with the chicken. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy!


For an extra kick serve with some Sriracha sauce or crushed red pepper flakes.

Give my other takeout dishes like my Beef and BroccoliKung Pao Shrimp and Mongolian Beef a try!

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

4.23 from 35 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken. Way better (and healthier) than takeout!


  • 3 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • green onions for serving if desired
  • sesame seeds for serving if desired


  1. Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Toss to coat the chicken with the cornstarch.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok.
  3. Saute chicken until golden brown on both sides about 2 minutes on each side. (Note the chicken will not be fully cooked and that is ok)
  4. Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  5. Add hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  6. Pour the sauce onto the chicken and stir to coat the chicken.
  7. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  8. Serve with green onions and sesame seeds for serving, if desired.


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  • Lesley

    I do a lot of cookin and have read countless recipes online and this is the first time I have truly been moved to comment. I made this and it was DELICIOUS and so easy I can’t wait to make it again!! The only thing is it took me about 1.5 hours in the slow cooker- which was perfect because I was soooo ready to eat it rather than wait another hour based on its smell 🙂

  • Kathie Siemer

    What are nutritional facts per serving for this dish?

  • val cole

    HUH!!? Kelly says cook low 4 hrs. Lesley says cook 1.5hrs. How so?

    • Hi Val,

      I cooked my chicken for 3-4 hours but you can check it after 1-1/2 like Lesley. (It depends on how small you cut your chicken and if you cook it longer when you sauté it in the cornstarch.)

      Thank you and I hope you enjoy!


  • Mary

    I’d love to make the General Tso’s Chicken & Mongolian Beef recipes, but I’ve been living overseas and cannot use my slowcooker. Do you think I cook make the recipes on my stove top in a dutch oven (one of those very heavy Creuset pans)?

    • Hi Mary!

      You can definitely make the Mongolian beef recipe in a dutch oven. As for the general tso’s you can make that in a dutch oven as well. Most recipes coat the chicken in cornstarch and deep fry the chicken. Here is a good recipe for that:

      Thanks and Enjoy!


    • Carol

      Made this in my dutch oven today. I put on low on the stove covered was outstanding

      • Libby

        Hey Carol! How long did you cook it for may I inquire? (:
        I’m excited to try this but I don’t use a Crock-Pot. C:

  • Ann Stradley

    I love the flavor of this dish but my chicken was really tough. Can you think of why that would be?

    • Hi Ann,

      I am very sorry that the chicken was tough for you. I have found that the chicken can be take out sooner. I will change the recipe cooking time to 2-3 hours. I appreciate your feedback!

      Thank you,


    • C.giles

      Probably need to check chicken at the 1&1/2 hour mark. Most likely it was over cooked.

  • Jean-Sebastien


    What size slow cooker this recipe is for? I have quite a big one so I must adjust quantity for it. I have one about 5 pints if I’m not mistaken (quite big, I bought a big one on purpose to make extra for lunch and freezer).

    • Hi!

      I used a 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe. It came about halfway up the slow cooker.

      Hope this helps! Thanks!


  • Josianne


    Your recipe looks awesome!

    What I like to do is prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them. Afterwards, I put them in the slow cooker when I want to use them.

    Is it possible to do so with this recipe?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Hi Josianne,

      I wouldn’t cook the chicken for as long the first time. My worry would be it would be over cooked if you cook it and then reheat it again in the slow cooker. I would maybe cook just until it reaches 165 so maybe 1-1/2 hours. Then cool it and freeze it and reheat in the slow cooker.

      I hope this helps and you enjoy!!


      • Josianne


        Thanks for your qyick answer.

        However, I think I may have expressed myself in the wrong way 🙂

        What I am wondering is if I can NOT cook all the ingredients, put them all in a freezer bag and them cook them in the slow cooker when I want to?

        Hope I am clearer 🙂

        Thanks again!


        • Hi Josianne,

          I have never tried doing that before so it is hard for me to say yes or no that will work. Sorry I couldn’t help more!



  • Chris

    Going to give this a go tonight, just one question though, how much is a cup?

    • Bret

      Hi Chris,

      I’m guessing by your question that you might be needing to Metricize (convert to Metric)

      If that’s the case, 1 cup is 250 ml

    • Hi Tammy,

      No this dish is not spicy. You can add sriracha or red pepper flakes to this dish to add some spice.



  • I am making this today for the second time in a week! We liked it. I am adding red pepper flakes to give it more spice. Thank you very much!?

  • MarySC

    I really hoped this would work but It was not to be. I followed the recipe exactly. The chicken was way overcooked even at the 2 hour mark and was soggy and tough. The sauce was so-so, I would describe it as flat. Some things are just not meant to be slow cooked!! (I have since found a tasty recipe that can be done mostly in advance and uses sautéed instead of deep fried chicken– not as crispy as takeout but much healthier.)

  • Gayle

    I am planning an Asian themed event. I would like to know if the recipe is doubled, should the cooking time change?

  • This looks delicious! I like the idea of coating the chicken with corn starch and sauteing it for a short while before adding it to the crockpot. I have tried a few crockpot sesame chicken recipes and my chicken has come out very dry and nothing like a usual sesame chicken. I will have to go this a try….my husband loves General Tsos. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Marquett

    I thought this was delicious! I cut my cooking time down, but the sauce was flavorful and it tasted fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe for one of my husband’s FAVORITE take out dishes!

  • Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. My family loved it!

  • Karen

    We couldn’t find rice wine vinegar. Just red wine vinegar one rice vinegar. Would one of these work?

    • Hi Karen,

      You can find rice wine vinegar in the asian section of the grocery store. I would suggest using this over red wine vinegar.

      Thank you!


  • amarillo, tx

    My husband and I love this recipe. Was really tough cleaning the pot afterward though. Will spray with cooking spray next time and hopefully it will not take as long to clean.

    Thank you

  • Stephanie

    Oh my this recipe is AWESOME!!!!!???. Will definitely make again, especially since it’s so easy!!!!

  • Shirley Fenstermaker

    I’m interested in making this however I have never heard of hoisin sauce. What is it and where can it be found

    • Hi Shirley,

      Hoisin sauce is a thick dark sauce that is full of flavor and is commonly used in Chinese cuisine. You can find this in the grocery store in the international foods isle by the soy sauce.

      Thank you!


      • Jerry Robertson

        You can also order Hoisin sauce from I haven’t tried this recipe (YET) but I plan on it within the next few days.

  • Kirsten

    This was delicious! It was done after 2 hours. My only issue was that it was starting to dry out and the sauce was starting to stick, so I just put some chicken broth in. It produced plenty of sauce that way but still stayed thick b/c of the cornstarch. Awesome recipe!

  • April

    This was beautiful, I would say better than takeout too because I knew what was in it AND it was delicious. Cooked the chicken in grapeseed oil before putting in crock pot because I didn’t have veg, but otherwise followed the recipe exact. It took about an 1:40 for mine because I had small cuts, thanks so much for sharing! This is a keeper for sure.