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General Tso's Chicken (slow cooker or stove top) | Tastes Better From Scratch
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Better than takeout General Tso's Chicken  you can make in the slow cooker OR on the stove top. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: easy general tso's chicken recipe, general tso chicken
Unit: cup, large, pound, Tablespoon, teaspoon
Servings: 4
Calories: 556 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola oil)
For the sauce:
  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 6 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons light brown sugar , packed
  • 4 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (if making on the stove)
Instructions
For the STOVE TOP:
  1. Add the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  2. Add egg whites to a bowl and whisk well to combine. Add cornstarch, flour, and salt and pepper to a large ziplock bag and shake to combine. 

  3. Add chicken pieces to the egg whites and stir to coat. Then add them to the ziplock bag and shake to coat them evenly in the cornstarch mixture. 

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp of oil, and some of the chicken (it's best to cook the chicken in 2 or 3 batches, so it browns better). Cook the chicken 2-3 minutes on each side, until the coating is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Cook the next batch of chicken, (and more oil, if needed). 
  5. Place the sauce over medium heat and allow it to simmer until slightly thickened and warmed through. 

  6. Toss the chicken in the sauce just before serving. Serve over white or brown rice.

  7. Garnish with chopped green onions.
For the SLOW COOKER:
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together and stir well. Set aside.
  2. Add egg whites to a bowl and whisk well to combine. 

  3. Add cornstarch, flour, and salt and pepper to a large ziplock bag and shake to combine. Add chicken pieces to the egg whites and stir to coat. 

  4. Then Add them to the ziplock bag and shake to coat them evenly in the cornstarch mixture. 

  5. Spray slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Heat a large skillet over HIGH heat. Add 1 Tbsp of olive oil, and some of the chicken (it's best to cook the chicken in 2 or 3 batches, so it browns easily). 

  6. Cook the chicken for only about 1 minute on each side, until the coating is golden brown. (You don't want to cook it all the way through! Transfer to slow cooker. Cook the next batch of chicken, (and more oil, if needed). 

  7. Pour HALF of the sauce over the chicken in the crock pot and toss gently to coat. 

  8. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. Stir in the remaining sauce.

  9. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve over warm white rice.
Recipe Notes

Sauce recipe adapted from Cooking Classy