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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Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

4.76 from 25 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. 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. 4 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
      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. 3 stars
    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.

  11. 5 stars
    I added fresh ginger root, peeled, and mashed fine, then put into sauce about 1/2 way thru. To the pot I added the ginger about 1 tablespoon, and some molasses, ( about 1/4 cup), to make it a bit tangy.

  12. 5 stars
    I made a quick and easy variation of this using the pressure cooker setting and no browning step, and it was awesome and tender. Lay boneless/skinless chicken legs (chopped into 2-3 pieces, no corn starch coating) on bottom of IP. Cover in the sauce. Cook on Hi pressure for 10-12mins (Breast would probably be 12mins?), with natural release. At end the sauce in the pot is quite runny so remove the chicken, put IP on saute to take the sauce to boil, remove 1/4 cup of the sauce and mix with 2Tbs corn starch and then whisk the slurry back into the sauce in the IP for a minute or two. Stir back in the chicken. Was great with cauliflower rice cooked with onion, garlic and a bell pepper.

  13. This was really yummy and toddlers loved it too. I wasn’t sure what crushed chilli was so used ground chilli (I’m Australian). Served with coconut rice and Asian broccoli.
    I only used one chicken breast and half the sauce as wasn’t sure i would like it but definitely making more next time and freezing it. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 5 stars
    Thank YOU for sharing…I LOVE everything…about THE RECIPE CRITIC….Recipes, weekly meal plans,photos, tips and the comments. BUT I love the community of people which you use to share with us…
    Could I please ask …..Is the Crockpot General Taos recipe…freezable???

    1. AWE! You are SO sweet! Thank you so much for all of your love and support! Yes, this does freeze well. I actually like to freeze the chicken individually on a sheet pan tray in the freezer. Then when it is frozen after an hour or so I will stick them in freezer bags or use my sealer and placed back in the freezer. Hope that helps! Thanks for following along with me!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this and I thought it was really good (Unfortunately a little too spicy for my husband). I want to make it ahead of time for a party. Are you freezing it with the sauce in the same freezer bag as the chicken? How do you recommend reheating? thank you.

        1. I would recommend freezing it before the sauce is added to it. Then after being baked you can add the sauce while they are warm. To reheat, stick in the oven and let them bake. Hope that helps!

  15. Hello…. This might be a silly question but how much do 4 chicken breast fillets weigh?? I have a tray of them at the moment and they weigh 2kg (4lbs)…. Seems a bit more than I anticipated?

  16. 5 stars
    I made this but I air fried the chicken. SO CRISPY and amazing and the best part is the chicken only took 4 minutes to cook. Then it was right into the pan to caramelize it into the sauce.

  17. I breaded this and it is cooking in my oven right now. I realize that I prepared way too much chicken for two. Do you know if it freezes well?

  18. I currently am making this and although it tastes AMAZING, I have added 3 tablespoons of corn starch and the sauce is still very runny! I put the chicken in raw and did not sauté the chicken. But I did take out the chicken once it was done and added cornstarch and it is still very runny. Any suggestions?

  19. 5 stars
    Very delicious. It’s a little time consuming but definitely worth it. Just make sure you plan ahead for the searing of the chicken in batches. Family favorite at our house!

  20. I’ve made this several time and keep meaning to leave a review. This is the best General Tso chicken recipe. It smells and tastes just like Chinese take away. I always double the sauce. I’ve made it twice on stove top, wicked easy- one pan. Today, I used the slow cooker to make ahead and it keeps it warm. I highly recommend this recipe!! It also freezes well, that is, if you happen to have any left =) I cook broccoli and other veggies separately, then add them while serving. Yumm!!!

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