Slow Cooker General Tso Chicken is all about taking a classic recipe and making it even better! General Tso’s Chicken is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in America, combining crispy fried chicken pieces with a sweet tangy sauce. It’s totally addictive!
We did this version in a crock pot to make it even more tender and mouthwatering… The sauce intensifies inside the crock pot, but it also thickens due to the cornstarch. That produces a burst of crispy, tangy, sweet flavors that none of us can resist. Love!
First you dredge the chicken in cornstarch, and then brown it in a skillet for several minutes to build flavor. Then it’s into the slow cooker for a mouthwatering simmer in the famous General Tso sauce.
When you’re ready to serve, we’ve included three classic garnishes: green onions, crushed chili peppers and sesame seeds. You can choose all or none according to your preference. This dish will taste fantastic regardless – enjoy!
Watch this quick video tutorial to see how to make it:
If you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes, check out TipBuzz’s Honey Garlic Chicken Slow Cooker!
The Best Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken (with Video)
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
General Tso Sauce
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp water
- red pepper flakes optional
- green onions / scallions minced, optional
- sesame seeds optional
- steamed rice
Slice chicken breasts into bite size pieces and place in a large ziplock bag with cornstarch, salt and pepper. Shake until coated.
Fry chicken in two batches to brown. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Shake off excess cornstarch from half of chicken pieces and add to the frying pan. Fry several minutes until lightly golden.
Repeat the previous step for the remaining chicken pieces. Then add all the browned chicken to the slow cooker.
Add the garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and water to the slow cooker. Then cook for 4 hours on low heat. You may want to cook rice separately at this time too.
When ready to serve, fill bowls halfway with steamed rice. Add chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle on optional red pepper flakes, green onions and sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!