Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken is a super easy meal with an amazing sweet and savory sauce with a little bit of heat! This is way better than takeout!
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken in a white bowl.
  (Picture update 4/22/17)

I made this recipe four years ago and the pictures weren’t doing it justice. We love asian inspired meals here at our family so of course this was one of the first recipes to make its debut on the blog. We have it quite often at our house and it is incredible. I love being able to make better than takeout right at home!

It was time to update the pictures on here and my family was reminded about how much we love it. Everyone devoured it including my youngest two year old.

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken in a slow cooker.

 You start by adding a simple breading to the outside and pan frying the edges for just a few minutes. This is an extra step that of course you don’t have to do, but I love the crispy edge and tender and juicy center by doing that extra step. If you want to just dump the chicken in with the sauce and let it do its thing you can as well.
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken with a wooden spoon.
The rich and dark sauce in this meal is incredible. It is sweet and savory with just a little bit of heat. I always have to hold out the red pepper flakes until the end just for my kiddos, but it has such incredible flavor. The sauce is thick on the chicken and it is perfect served over rice with some veggies.
I know this is a meal that your family is going to love! You will make it again and again.
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken over white rice.

Watch a video on how to make Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken here:

Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

4.79 from 28 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 5
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken is a super easy meal with an amazing sweet and savory sauce with a little bit of heat! This is way better than takeout!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into one inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper more or less to liking
  • Optional garnish green onions, sesame seeds, additional red pepper flakes


  1. In a mixing bowl add the chicken and cornstarch. Toss until the chicken is completely coated in the cornstarch. In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat add oil and cook the chicken until the chicken is lightly brown but not cooked throughout. Put in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. In a small mixing bowl [url:4]whisk[/url] together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and crushed red pepper. Pour on top of chicken in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked throughout. *see note
  4. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you are cooking the chicken without browning in the skillet first, when chicken is finished cooking, remove the chicken and add 1 Tablespoon cornstarch to the sauce. Add the chicken back to the crockpot and cook for an additional 15 minutes until the sauce thickens up. Chicken could also take longer to cook, closer to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 962mg40%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 This was the old picture. Wasn’t too awful compared to some but I didn’t even spell Tso’s right! haha

Alyssa Rivers

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. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

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

      Be creative and enjoy Life.

    3. 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. 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. 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.

      1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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?

  12. 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!! 🙂

  13. 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.

    1. Hi Sandra! I actually recently updated the picture and left the ketchup out. Please refer to new recipe and instructions. We made it last week and it is delicious! I hope you love it as much as we did! xo

  14. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe exact but for some reasony color came out more brown then black? Do you know what I could been doing different?

  15. This recipe was fantastic! I only had to cook the chicken for 2 hours. And I skipped the cornstarch step only due to time. But it still came out great.

  16. 5 stars
    I’m making this tonight and I can say I am so excited! Everything smelled so good, and was like authentic Asian Cuisine. I paired mine with a vegetable fried rice, and oooh it was yummy! Hubby and 12 year old loved it!

  17. 5 stars
    I am a father of 4 well 5 including my wife and do 95% of the cooking .. so everytime I see a recipe I think my wife and kids would like I send it her way .. I always get a response like .. “mmmm…. that looks good, can’t wait til dinner”
    I want to say thank you THE RECIPE CRITIC , you’ve made me into the chef of the house

  18. In your General Tso chicken, one of the ingredients is «: 2 T soy sauce..not sure what the measure means ? Ate we talking, cups, table spoons….I am confused !

  19. A definite hit with my family !!!! Everyone was so impressed how flavourful this dish was. I was impressed how simple it was to make … thanks!!!!

  20. Made this with a few tweaks. Not enough time for crockpot so did on stove top. Sautéed the corn starched chicken in a combination of sesame oil and hot chili oil (we like spicy). Omitted the brown sugar since hoisin is sweet enough. Upped the rice vinegar by a few tablespoons. Used black sesame seeds since that was on hand. HUGE success!

  21. Tried this recipe last night, it’s absolutely delicious and will certainly be making it again.
    I forgot to add the crushed red pepper but it tasted really good without it, however the next time I do make it will try and remember to add the red pepper and just compare the flavours.

  22. The first time I made this, I halved the sugar and still found it too sweet. When I made it again, I omitted the sugar altogether and strongly preferred the result. Excellent dish, but cut the sugar.

  23. 2 T means two tablespoons. T does not stand for cup, people. 2 cups of soy sauce is about three days worth of sodium. Please be careful.

  24. 5 stars
    Excellent, I deep fried the starched chicken cubes for 3 minutes at 375f good and crisp. 2.5 hrs at low slow cooker , as good as my favorite take out.

  25. 5 stars
    I’ve made this dish several times – my husband keeps requesting it! Very easy. I sautee a green veggie and put this over cauliflower rice to make it a little lighter. I also have reduced the amount of brown sugar to 1/4 cup and it still turns out great.

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