Slow Cooker General Tsao’s Chicken

Remember when I had that recipe fail {here}?  Well I was determined to get it right!  I found a great recipe and adapted a few things and it turned out just the way I thought it should.  The sauce was delicious!  It was thick and dark and gave the chicken a great flavor!   It had a hint of sweet to it and it was really unique to the other chinese dishes that I have made.  Because we all know that my family is obsessed with Asian inspired meals!  This turned out great!

Rating: 4 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
Review:  I used a crockpot liner to cook the chicken in.  It made the cleanup so easy and made the chicken so tender and full of flavor.  You can also make this recipe on the stovetop if you don’t want to make it in a crockpot.  This was great and I will be making it again!

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 T hoisen sauce
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 T ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more or less to liking)
  • 1 T cornstarch
1.  In a mixing bowl, mix together water, hoisen sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, and crushed red pepper.
2. If you aren’t using a liner for your crockpot, spray crockpot with cooking spray and add chicken.  Add sauce on top.
3.  Cook for 4-6 hours on low.  Remove chicken and cut into chunks.
4.  Whisk cornstarch in the sauce to thicken it up.  If it isn’t quite to desired thickness, slowly add more cornstarch teaspoon by teaspoon.  But be careful because it can thicken up fast.  
5.  Add chicken back to the crockpot and allow to heat through for another 15 minutes.
6.  Serve over hot rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired.

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  1. says

    This sounds great. I have made sesame chicken in a slow cooker before and it also turned out very well. I’ll have to try this.

  2. says

    We did this on the stove last night instead of slow cooker, and my husband promptly tweeted “I can officially say my wife is a good cook!” Ha! Thanks for sharing. This is going on regular rotation. :)

  3. says

    Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which
    blog platform are you using for this website? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    • Alyssa says

      I am on WordPress. I know little about computers so I have a site manager to help me with plug ins that help with hackers and spam. :)

  4. Tom Topolski says

    I get really frustrated when I find a recipe here that I think I’d like to try…….but become very disgruntled
    to find that you offer NO WAY to print it! What are we supposed to do?……look for a pencil and paper and copy it down?……….I don’t think so. For instance: your recipe for Slow Cooker General Tsaos Chicken has no “print” box or any directions for printing…………GEEZ!!!!……and it happens sooooo often!

    • Alyssa says

      I understand your frustration. I used to be on blogger which offers no way for us to offer the print version. Now that I am on wordpress all of my new recipes have the option it is just difficult to go back to all of my old recipes and add it.

      • SisterB says

        I never use the “print” options. I copy and paste all my recipes into Word files that are labeled by year and category. So easy to find later and print from that. I have years of recipes collected! Love my system. Be sure to add source!

    • Dave Morgan says

      Highlight recipe and copy to your e-mail. Simple , then print. Problem Solved ” Tom Topolski ”

      Be creative and enjoy Life.

    • sheila hurt says

      To print recipe:
      Highlight recipe text with left mouse button by clicking on the first letter of recipe and scrolling down to the end of text you wish to print.
      Click on print with right mouse button,
      When Print tab opens it will show highlighted text to print.
      Click on Print (make sure printer is on first).

      Alternately, you can copy the text after highlighting it;
      Right click on mouse to Copy instead of Print.
      Open a blank Word document.
      Right click on mouse with the cursor on the blank Word document.
      Click on Paste and there you have it.
      Don’t forget to Name it and Save it.

  5. Natalie Klemek says

    Hello! I happened upon your website while on pinstrest (looking for a fried rice recipe). Well, long story short … I made your Generals slow cooker chicken last night. It was a HUGE hit with the family. Thanks for helping me dinner! I’m so excited about using more of your recipes.

  6. Becca says

    Hey! I’m fairly new at this cooking business, as I’ve recently moved into my own place, and I attempted to make this recipe. Now, my sauce just refused to thicken up. Any idea as to why this might be? I followed the instructions thoroughly.

      • Courtney says

        I had the same problem no matter how much I added it wouldn’t thicken much and I used so much corn starch I could taste it in the chicken :/ other than that it was so yummy!

  7. Sarah says

    Stupid question because I just bought a crockpot yesterday and am excited to start using it: do I need to cook the chicken first, or do I put the raw chicken breast straight in there?


  8. says

    Is there a printer-friendly option for this recipe??? I’m not seeing a print button for this recipe like the other ones… Help please?

    P.S. My husband has brought up his mom’s cooking for the first three months of our marriage. I made your baked Sweet and Sour chicken, and he declared it was the best food he has ever eaten. I’ve not heard of his mom since :) Thank you for saving my marriage lol :)

  9. says

    Regarding the lack of a Print button: doesn’t everybody know the shortcut to this?
    You turn your printer on, you push Ctrl button and at the same time P (for Print) on your keypad.
    Your computer will show the page or pages to print and you push Start Printing.

  10. Caroline Sayan says

    Made this for dinner for my family and everyone loved it. Not the normal but the sauce was delicious. I matched it with fried rice, home made dumplings and steamed broccoli. My kids 7,7 and 10 raved about it including my husband!

  11. MissKaramatic says

    Hello, I have a question. I’ve been following this recipe and I got as far as adding the cornstarch and mine never thickened up, and I added almost 3 tablespoons! What am I doing wrong?


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