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

  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.
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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  • Lois

    If it’s ready in 4 hours, why does it say cook at low for 2-3 hours?

  • Hi Lois,

    The recipe was corrected for 2-3 hours. I will correct the typo.

    Thank you,

    Kelley

  • Jean-Sebastien

    Hello,

    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!

    Kelley

  • Josianne

    Hi!

    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!!

    Kelley

  • Josianne

    Hi!

    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!

    Josianne

  • 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!

    Thanks!

    Kelley

  • Chris

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

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