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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  • April

    This was delicious, have made it twice this month. I use small pieces of chicken so it only takes an hour and a half in my cooker. This is brilliant, thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Rachel

    We made this tonight and after we tweaked the recipe quite a bit it turned out awesome. All due respect to Kelley and her version. Other seemed to have a lot of luck with it but we just found it needed a little something more.

    For starters- we cooked it for 2 1/2. For the last 1/2 hour we added sliced bell pepper and white onion. Delish 🙂

    After following the recipe exactly we found that it lacked a big punch of flavor and the sauce was still sort of thin. And the color was also a really weird brown- sort of like gravy. Not sure why that happened…

    We added crushed red chili pepper flakes to bring some heat because traditional General Tso is usually spicy. Then we added about 3/4 tsp salt because it was greatly needed! After that we put some sesame oil in our wok and got it nice and hot and threw everything right in, then added an extra tablespoon of brown sugar. We let it bubble a little, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. This got it to that nice thicker, sticky, sweet yet spicy General Tso sauce that we had originally expected. The result was great!! Honestly super comparable to the local places we’ve ordered from. Served it over jasmine rice with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

  • Anthony

    I made this and it got destroyed at the table! Excellent recipe! Served over white rice. A buddy and I are kinda hot heads…no not that way lol we like spicy…really spicy so we have our own blends of home made hot sauces and dried ground peppers and we decided a little of the dried ground habaneros shaken over the dish on the plate were the ticket to spice this dish up! The rest of my family, being normal people loved it holey as posted. Great work! Thanks for the post

  • Melissa

    I have never posted a review on anything in my life until now. This meal was phenomenal. I find that so many slow cooker recipes taste the same and I don’t always love the texture. I fogot to buy sesame oil but I never even missed it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Katie

    >:( what a failure! I followed this exactly and the cook time was way off and the sauce doesn’t thicken like in the picture. Not using this blog again.

  • Jane

    Made this tonight in the Instant Pot – it was a huge hit. I used the sauté function to brown the chicken and then cooked with the sauce for 12 minutes on manual. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Nikzilla37

    Great recipe! I had a bottle of hoisin and didn’t know what to do with it but voila! This easy recipe is not only quick but delicious.

    I didn’t have vegetable oil so I subbed grape seed oil.

    Came out so good!

  • Megan

    Making for the first time and the sauce wreaks! Is that normal or did I do something wrong.

  • Tatyana Solonskyi

    Do you think boneless chicken thigh will work okay instead of breast?

  • Gaby

    Hi! I am allergic to hoisin. Is there something else you would recommend?


    • Hi Gaby,

      Is it a particular ingredient in hoisin you are allergic to? You can always make the sauce at home and omit the ingredient you are allergic too. You could also try brown bean sauce or chee hau sauce.



  • Carlien

    Made it today for my friends and we all loved it, this one is a keeper 🙂
    Thanks for the recipe, it goes in printed form in my personal cookbook…

  • Amy

    THANKS for this, we all love General Tso’s chicken & I’m not well enough for a 4th stab at making it the arduous way. THIS, I can handle! I’ll let you know how it went over pnce I feel up to making it, but I doubt there’ll be any complaints ;D
    Bless you for this!

  • Irene

    If you soak your chicken in kosher salt water before cooking it will always be moist if you don’t overcook it.
    I soak mine for at least 30 minutes and then rinse before using in a recipe .
    So I’m going to try this recipe for I love General Tso Chicken.

  • Katherine

    I read “healthier” and thought “yay”! And then I started looking at ingredients. 1 cup of hoisin sauce contains 560 calories and over 4,000 mg of sodium? No thanks.

    • marie

      It’s not like you eat the whole cup of sauce in your portion… it’s for the whole recipe! 😉

  • John Godino

    Wowzer, I really wanted to like this recipe, but I’m afraid I have to get it just 1 star.
    Reason – disgustingly sweet. The main ingredient in hoisin sauce is already sugar, and then you add two more tablespoons of brown sugar on top of that?! That’s approximately 1 tablespoon sugar for each serving of this dish!
    This unfortunately is what a lot of Americans think Chinese food should taste like, sticky and sweet.
    Sorry, but this recipe is a loser.

  • F. Swenson

    I’d like to add some veggies to this recipe. I’d probably pick red, green, & yellow sweet Bell Peppers & some onion,

    Which other ones would you recommend

    • Hi!

      I think snap peas, broccoli, or cauliflower would all be good options too!

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Lisa

    This is an easy and delicious recipe. It passed the test of 3 teenage fast food queens who loved the fact that they knew it was chicken and not take out mystery meat. Will definitely be making this again!

  • Elizabeth

    Question: Can anyone recommend a good Hoisin sauce? I’ve never found one that I like in the grocery store.

    • Hi Elizabeth!

      I really like the Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce. Have you tried this one yet?



  • I love Chinese food and general tso is my favorite plus i love extra sauce in mine to

  • Ann

    Made it for my family. It was delicious. I will use a little less brown sugar next time and a little more rice vinegar.