Crock Pot General Tso’s Chicken

Crock Pot General Tso's ChickenI love General Tso’s chicken. More times than not, this is what I will order at Chinese restaurants. It has a little more of a kick than sweet and sour chicken and I like the flavor better. Before this recipe I would always make our original recipe for General Tso’s but ever since I came up with this crock pot version, I haven’t gone back to the old one (the old one is equally as delicious… this way is just a little easier). I came up with this crock-pot version the other day when I didn’t have a lot of time in the late-afternoon to prepare dinner.. so I made this during my kids’ naptime. This pairs great with our restaurant-style fried rice recipe!

Crock Pot General Tso’s Chicken
  • 2 Lb. chicken breasts (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. "lite" soy sauce
  • ½ c. unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ c. white distilled vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ c. cornstarch, mixed with ¼ c. water
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chicken about 2 minutes on each side (it doesn't need to be cooked all the way through at this point). Set aside.
  3. In the Crock Pot, whisk sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne until well combined.
  4. Add chicken to crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. If you would like your sauce thicker add water/cornstarch mixture about 30 minutes before serving. Stir it in SLOWLY, folding it into the chicken. You won't want your breading to be scraped off of your chicken pieces so be gentle!
  5. Garnish with green onion and serve.


  1. Just made this today… it’s till cooking, but I tasted the ‘broth’ and WOW. This is going to be soooo good! I’m going to pair it with some quinoa and steamed string beans!

    thanks, oh I shared your recipe/website on my facebook page. :)

  2. Delicious! Just made this for dinner. Will definitely make it again! Served it with white rice, steamed broccoli and fresh pineapple slices.

  3. I made this last night, and it was AMAZING! I actually halfed it, thinking the full recipe would be too much, but I so regret doing that now because of how good it was.

    I will definitely be making this again!

  4. How many servings is this? I need 8 servings
    But I really want to try this! Dinner party tonight!!

    • I would say it serves 6-8.. if you are doing other dishes along with it you should be fine with 8. If you are worried about it, just add another pound of chicken.

  5. I tried this today and it was spot-on just like what I would find in a good restaurant. Definitely going to keep this recipe.

  6. Hello. I liked the recipe we had it last night very tasty chicken we had it with tex-mex rice mixture with some broccoli and carrots I put soya sauce over the broccoli. thank-you for the recipe George whipps

  7. This recipe is better than any I have had at a restaurant. It is a keeper. I made broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper and hot pepper to add to it. We loved it!

    • We don’t have it on hand, I know there are places online like at that you can put in a recipe and it will tell you the nutritional info. Hope this helps!

  8. I am going to definitely have to try these. I am always looking for new crock pot recipes, and these look great!

  9. I’m in the process of making this, but it looks more brown than red?! I made 4lbs of chicken so I added more of the ingredients.. Wondering if I didn’t put enough of something? It’s still cooking and I haven’t put in the cornstarch water mixture?!

  10. Oh. Em. Gee. Finally had the time to make this and it is the best General Tso’s Chicken I have had in over a decade! I am so loving it!

    Most recipes I adjust or tweak ahead of time and then have more ideas of how to make them better afterward too. This recipe I made almost exactly (only used dried ginger powder instead of fresh) and I do NOT plan on doing anything different the next time. I have been craving General chicken for a while, but haven’t found any local restaurant that has a great recipe. I’ll never order out for Chinese again!

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

  11. For chicken recipes, i usually just dump uncooked thawed chicken into the crock pot. Less time and less cleanup! :) For these Chinese recipes, is it really necessary to brown the chicken in the skillet first?

    • You do what works best for you! If you find it easier and to your taste, feel free to adapt these recipes any way you want to. We are happy to give you a start. :)

  12. Could someone tell me what kind of pineapple juice you used? Should this be the kind from the juice isle or should I use the juice from canned pineapples, which the label shows has “no added sugar?” My grocery store does not carry a sugar-free pineapple juice. Thanks for any advice.


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