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

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  • 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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  • Hi Tammy,

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

    Thanks!

    Kelley

  • 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!

  • Charity Hansen

    You mentioned you like it saucy do you double the sauce portion?

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