Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

by Erin

I finally made something with my new smaller crock pot, and the verdict? It cooks smaller volumes much better than in my larger crock pot. Not really surprising but still exciting to be able to actually slow cook something for over 2 hours without it overcooking and drying out. With all the dissertation writing in my future that little guy will be put to hard work. Although it may be a bit distracting to smell the deliciousness as it cooks while trying to focus on writing about yeast and genes.

Speaking of writing, I am still waiting to hear back from the last committee member about scheduling my dissertation defense. Boo hiss.

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter


Serves 4


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup water

3 Tbsp hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp ketchup

1/4 tsp dry ginger

1 tsp crushed red pepper (more or less to liking)

1 Tbsp cornstarch


  1. Spray crockpot with cooking spray and add chicken.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together water, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Pour sauce over chicken.
  3. Cook for 4-6 hours on low. Remove chicken and cut into chunks.
  4. Turn crockpot up to high and whisk cornstarch into the sauce to thicken it up; cook on high for 15 minutes. If it isn’t quite to desired thickness, slowly add more cornstarch teaspoon by teaspoon.
  5. Add chicken back to the crockpot and allow to heat through for a couple minutes.
  6. Serve over hot rice with steamed broccoli and garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired.

Source: Adapted slightly from The Recipe Critic


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KittyBoomBoom July 30, 2013 - 4:03 pm

This looks amazeballs! I recently became the proud owner of my very first slow cooker. This is going to be my first recipe. One question though, what size slow cooker did you use? Mine is a 6-Qt. ^_^

spiffycookie July 30, 2013 - 4:28 pm

For this recipe I used a 2.5 quart slow cooker. For a 6 quart you will likely have to reduce the cook time. With my larger 5 quart slow cooker, it typically takes half the time. A general rule of thumb is to fill your slow cooker more than halfway in order to prevent overcooking. This is why I purchased a smaller crock pot for smaller volume recipes such as this.

Nessa July 18, 2013 - 5:28 pm

That sauce looks so sticky and delicious!

Arthur in the Garden! July 17, 2013 - 2:53 pm

General Tso is my favorite!

amy @ fearless homemaker July 17, 2013 - 11:23 am

I love my slow-cooker and am always looking for new recipes for it. This looks SO delicious – YUM!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal July 16, 2013 - 5:20 pm

I do have a slow cooker.. and haven’t used it in a month or so… ;) ;) ;)

Emily @ Life on Food July 16, 2013 - 4:04 pm

This is my favorite Chinese dish. I have a pretty small, no frills crockpot. It works really well but I wish it had a timer to turn on and off at specific times.

spiffycookie July 16, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Mine doesn’t have a timer on it either, I use a plug timer!

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 16, 2013 - 2:22 pm

YUM I love Chinese and my crock pot so this looks great to me! Crock Pots get us all through crazy times in our lives!

Tracey July 16, 2013 - 1:55 pm

I am seriously obsessed with general tso’s chicken and though we have a few recipes we love already, none of them can be made in the slow cooker! Can’t wait to make this!!

Joanne July 16, 2013 - 7:18 am

Good to know about the smaller slow cooker! i never realized that size would make SUCH a difference (that’s what she said).

spiffycookie July 16, 2013 - 8:00 am

Hahaha love it


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