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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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 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. I love General Tsao’s chicken. I have convinced myself I will start using my slower cooker more, I will have to try to make this next time.

  3. Yum! This looks amazing!

  4. I bet the chicken is chock full of flavor. I love crock pot recipes, so perfect for dinner after a long day of work!

  5. Looks absolutely delicious!!

  6. Looks so yummy Alyssa! Can’t wait to try this one. Love that it is in the crockpot!

  7. Looks so scrumptious! Hubby loves General Tsao’s chicken, I should make your recipe 🙂

  8. Fantastic! I love slow cooker recipes!

  9. what if you don’t have hoisen sauce is there a substitute we can use instead?

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. How close is this to InnovAsian’s gen tso’s?

  12. I’m curious as to how close this is to general tso’s CkN by innovAsian. That is the best I’ve tasted yet.

  13. 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.

    • 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. 🙂

  14. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Hello 🙂
    I would like to make this on stovetop _ what is the cooking time just to make the cause ?

  17. 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.

    • Sometimes that will happen. You just have to add a little cornstarch to get it to thicken up. 🙂

      • 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!

  18. Do you add the cornstarch before you add the sauce to the crockpot?

  19. 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?


  20. 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 🙂

  21. ChrisBurns says:

    A great recipe we really enjoyed it. I doubled the ginger and it tasted much morestrongerbut

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. Chicken breasts I buy are quite large, can you approximate how many lbs. are in your recipe?

  25. 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?

  26. Hi Alyssa, I really wanted to try this recipe, but the chicken breasts I got are about a pound each. How much chicken did you use to make this? I don’t want to make 4 pounds of chicken just for two people. Thanks!! 🙂

  27. What can you substitute for the Hoisen Sauce? Thank you.

  28. When I see a recipe I like, I simply take a picture with my phone and it is easy to use in the kitchen. I have lots of recipes on my phone.


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