Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken
It’s the weekend and I’m bringing it back to the old school! Well, and oldie (recipe), but a goodie! This is my Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken!!! This recipe is not only mouth-watering, but it’s easy, simple and you are going to want to get this on your regular slow cooker rotation.
Let’s face it…it may be October according to the calendar, it may be my favorite season, Fall, but it is sweltering outside!!! Most of the East Coast (and maybe much of the country for that matter) is experiencing a heat wave. For the last week or two, it’s been in the 80’s most days and in the 70’s if we are lucky. With the summer weather sticking around indefinitely, I want recipes and meal plans that use as little energy and heat as possible. I want crazy good food with as little effort as possible.
This Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken takes that Chinese take out we all know and love and makes it accessible in the comfort of your own kitchen. You can throw this together easily and not even leave the house. I use chicken thighs versus chicken breast in almost all of my slow cooker dishes because it stays moist and juicy instead of drying out like chicken breast often can in a crock pot. This dish is a much healthier version of the standard restaurant version since it’s not fried. Whooo-hooo!
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken mixes hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar and my favorite Asian ingredient: Sesame Oil. I love it. The smell, the rich taste, the depth it adds to any dish. Yum. I love it. This dish can be served over white or brown rice or for a healthier, lighter version, serve it over cauliflower rice or zucchini zoodles. Garnish your dish with some sesame seeds and green onions, grab your chopsticks and dig in on this Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken!
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This recipe is not only mouth-watering, but it’s easy, simple and you are going to want to get this on your regular slow cooker rotation.
- 5 Chicken Thighs Boneless, skinless
- 1/4 Cup Cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Jar Hoisin Sauce
- 4 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- 4 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Tsp Sesame Oil
- Green Onions Chopped
- Sesame Seeds For garnish
Trim the fat off the chicken. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
Add chopped chicken to a zip lock bag and toss with cornstarch. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated with the cornstarch.
In a non-stick skillet, add vegetable oil and sauté coated chicken, browning both sides of the chicken. It's ok if the chicken is not thoroughly cooked through. Add the cooked chicken to the slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil until well blended. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker. Make sure the chicken is evenly coated.
Set the slow cooker to low for 2.5 hrs. Once finished, stir chicken in the sauce to ensure it's evenly coated. Sauce should be thick.
Serve over rice, cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve Immediately.
Recipe Inspiration: Chef Savvy