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
  (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.

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 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
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.
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low 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!
Serves: 4-5
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into one inch cubes
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp dry ginger
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper (more or less to liking)
  • Optional garnish, green onions, sesame seeds, additional red pepper flakes
  1. In amixing 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 whisk 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.
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.

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 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. Holy cow this is so good!! Easy to make!! I am so excited to feed my family dinner! I couldn’t find this on your Instagram to make a post.

  2. This was good but the hour i spent sauteing the chicken in batches for crispness was a wasted effort. Any crockpot I have ever used tends to steam as it cooks. That does not result in anything being crisp. If I were to make again I would do stovetop If I wanted crisp. Flavor was great though.

  3. This sounds wonderful! I’m adding is to my weekend menu. Only change, I have a thing go pineapple in my spicy Chinese dishes. Think I’ll add a can of minced or diced to the pot at the end. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Would I be able to increase the general tso chicken to serve 20 which would increasing it by 4 or would it be too much liquid? Thank you

  5. I made your beef and broccoli in the crock pot yesterday. We loved it and would make it again. The directions we clear and easy and it tasted great.

  6. I made this today for the first time! It was amazing! I used thighs instead of breasts and crisped them in the pan first with the oil and cornstarch. So great! Thank you!

  7. Color me amazed. This recipe is amazing. It satisfied my guys whose favorite food in the whole world is General’s Chicken. Especially my son who was requiring “comfort” food. It passed every litmus test known to *this* family. My least favorite thing about making Chinese is having to whip everything together last minute. Not so with this! This recipe is a keeper. Exactly as is. I *never* do that.

  8. Wow! I’m (also) usually not the type to leave a comment, but I had to thank you for this wonderful recipe! I did not have enough time to place it in the slow cooker, so I instead made it on the stove. I first browned the chicken and then added all the sauce and some water. It cooked for about an hour on low with lid on (really until the sauce became thick and water evaporated). It was amazing! Definitely better than take out. We served it with fried cauliflower rice and green beans! Making again today!

    1. I also made this on the stove top. I spent longer browning the chicken to get it more crispy. When the chicken was browned on both sides I simply added the sauce mixture, covered the pot and turned the heat down. I did not add water. I heated the sauce, stirring frequently. I made the rice and 10 minutes later had a delicious meal.

  9. I did not have good results with this recipe. Flavors were excellent, but I put is on low ad went to the gym. It was really black when I returned, with no sauce! Needs more liquid to sustain it for 3 hours in slow cooker. I should have realized it but I just went on my merry way and spaced it!

    1. You are welcome to try adding vegetables. It will be soaking in all the sauce from the recipe if you like the flavor and texture on your vegetables. If you are going to do that I would recommend adding more sauce to the meat and vegetables so it still has enough to cover both. I would recommend cooking the vegetables away from the chicken and serving together at the end. Enjoy! XOXO

  10. I had the same experience with this recipe as Renee. I cooked it for 4 hours and it was way too done and dry with no sauce left. I think next time I’ll either cook it on the stove or cook it for way less time and double the sauce.

    1. I made it on the stovetop. I just fried the chicken all the way and then added the sauce for about 7 minutes on low- medium heat and it all came together nicely and tasted great. Took an hour from start to finish.

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