Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Super Easy Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken. Cooked in a slightly sweet and tangy Chinese inspired sauce. Way better (and healthier) than takeout! Serve with my Famous Fried Rice, Lo Mein or Chicken Chow Mein to make it a meal! If you are short on time and want to have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes try my Easy 30 minute General Tso’s Chicken!

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General Tso’s Chicken is my all time favorite take out dish. It’s my go to whenever I order Chinese takeout. This General Tso Chicken recipe turn outs incredibly tender and juicy way better than the takeout version. It is coated in a sweet and tangy sauce. It tastes just like the General Tso’s Chicken you get at a restaurant!

You can also feel better about eating this dish because it is healthier than the takeout version! There is no deep frying in this recipe just a little oil used to sauté the chicken.

To add an extra depth of flavor to this dish I brown the coated chicken in a hot pan. This gives the chicken a nice caramelization on the outside and helps it stay tender and juicy while cooking in the slow cooker. The cornstarch also helps to thicken up the sauce.

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts: Cut into bite size pieces. You can substitute chicken thighs as well.
  • Cornstarch: This helps to thicken up the sauce.
  • Hoisin Sauce: Can be found in the International Isle in the grocery store. It is thick, sweet and slightly salty. It makes the perfect addition to the sauce!
  • Rice wine vinegar: Can also be found in the International Isle in the grocery store. Resist the urge to substitute with other vinegars. I find that rice wine vinegar works the best in this recipe.
  • Light brown sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce. Feel free to reduce the amount of sugar is you do not like it as sweet.
  • Sesame oil: Also found in the International Isle in the grocery store or at Asian supermarkets. Sesame oil has a wonderful nutty flavor. A little goes a long way!
  • For serving: I sprinkle the chicken with black and white sesame seeds and green onions! For a kick add some crushed red pepper flakes, a drizzle of Sriracha or chili garlic sauce!

How to make Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

  • Coat in cornstarch: Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Toss to coat the chicken with the cornstarch.
  • Brown chicken: Heat oil in a large skillet or wok. 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)
  • Slow cook: Add the chicken to the slow cooker. Add hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil to a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Pour the sauce onto the chicken and stir to coat the chicken. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve: With green onions and sesame seeds for serving, if desired.

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Reheating and Storage Instructions

  • Reheat: Leftovers (chicken and sauce) in a saute pan over medium high heat until rewarmed. You can also rewarm in the slow cooker as well!
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

4.24 from 38 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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Add chicken and cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Toss to coat the chicken with the cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or wok.
  • 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)
  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Add hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Pour the sauce onto the chicken and stir to coat the chicken.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve with green onions and sesame seeds for serving, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1311mg57%
Potassium 725mg21%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 51IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Asian Food Recipes, Chicken Recipes, Easy Dinner, General Tso Chicken, Slow Cooker

Originally published May 17, 2016

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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?

  • I am so happy you enjoyed it Lesley!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Kelley

  • 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!

    Kelley

  • 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: http://rasamalaysia.com/general-tsos-chicken/

    Thanks and Enjoy!

    Kelley

  • 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,

    Kelley

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