General Tso’s Chicken in Crockpot/Slow Cooker

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crockpot tso's chicken in bowl

General Tso’s Chicken is a spicy, sweet chicken dish that is served over rice.

This healthier version uses chicken that isn’t breaded or fried.

We love ordering Chinese, especially General Tso’s Chicken.  Sometimes it’s nice to save some money and make your favorite Chinese dishes at home.  It’s even better when you can throw it all in a slow cooker/crockpot to cook and you don’t have to worry about it until it’s almost time to serve.

Control the Spice

This batch was delicious but I made it way too SPICY!  Like so spicy that my husband couldn’t even eat it… oops!  It’s highly recommended to go sparingly with the red pepper flakes or just leave them out altogether.  If you do not like spice, I would not put more than a teeny pinch in the whole recipe.

You can always taste it when it’s close to being done and add more if you think everyone can handle it.


general tso's chicken in bowl

This isn’t meant to be an exact copy of General Tso’s chicken but it is really good.  Although I love the fried version much more, my waistline doesn’t think I need it all of the time.

If you are not able to make it in only 3 hours, you can cook on low or warm (depending on how hot your crockpot gets on those settings) and cook for double the time.

Crockpot Tso's Chicken

Crockpot Tso's Chicken is a spicy, sweet chicken that is served over steamed rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese, crockpot, general tso, tso's chicken


  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger ground
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add all of the ingredients into the crockpot.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked all the way through.  Cut the chicken into small pieces or shred and serve over steamed rice.

Recipe Notes

Be very careful with the amount of red pepper flakes.  If you don't like super spicy, use just a small pinch.  They add a lot of heat to the dish.

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