Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken

4.80 from 10 votes

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Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken has a little more of a kick than sweet and sour chicken, and better flavor. A great chicken recipe for the crock pot!

Crock Pot General Tso Chicken in a white bowl garnished with green onion

Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken

I love this version of General Tso’s chicken. More times than not, General Tso’s chicken 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 Crockpot version, I haven’t gone back to the old one (the old one is equally 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. I made this during my kids’ nap time. This pairs great with our restaurant-style fried rice recipe!

If you say “Tso”

Sometimes the most difficult part of ordering food in an ethnic restaurant is pronouncing the names without sounding like an idiot. There are a lot of differing thoughts on the pronunciation of this favorite Chinese food dish in America. According to, it is perfectly acceptable to pronounce it “so” — just omit the “T.” But according to my husband, Jared’s, experience working in a Chinese restaurant, it is more correctly pronounced “chow.” Either way, you are going to want to be eating this amazing General Tso’s Chicken while you think about saying the recipe name.

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Crock Pot General Tso Chicken in a white bowl.

Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken

4.80 from 10 votes
Crockpot General Tso's Chicken has a little more of a kick than sweet and sour chicken, and better flavor. A great chicken recipe for the crockpot!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6


  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker



  • Combine flour, salt, and pepper in resealable food storage bag. Add chicken. Shake to coat with flour mixture.
  • 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.
  • In the Crock Pot, whisk sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne until well combined.
  • 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!
  • Garnish with green onion and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 36gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1275mgPotassium: 667mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 5.2mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2.1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love general tsos chicken and this was sooooooo good! Never ordering it from a restaurant ever again.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been leaning more on my slow cooker to help with dinner due to our crazy schedule. This was perfect! So easy to make and full of flavor. Thanks!

    1. I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you. I am trying to figure out what could have gone wrong. What about the flavor was off?

  3. I am making this now and the sauce is very thick and I the chicken and sauce is burning on the sides of the crockpot. I’m only 2 hours in, any thoughts on why this would have happened?

    1. Hmmm… I am not sure. I do know that every Crock Pot can be different. Some have different “hot spots”. It sounds like yours might cook a little on the hot side. You definitely don’t want the chicken to be overcooked and dry. Maybe next time check the chicken after an hour. If you have a meat thermometer, you can check it to see if the internal temperature is showing it is done. I would say reduce it to “warm” as soon as you see that the chicken is done. Hope this helps!

    1. I apologise for responding late! The chicken was AMAZING and was very delightful! (The instructions are VERY true when it says to stir carefully) The sauce turned out great and I even paired it with white rice

  4. My husband doesn’t like chicken breast, l used boneless skinless chicken thighs didn’t bread them or brown just dumped,set and forget. Until time to add slurry. Was GREAT!!!!!

  5. 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.

    1. I used the juice from the pineapple chunks. This is my first time to make the recipe so hopefully the juice choice will be ok

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