Monday, December 30, 2013

Crockpot General Tso's Chicken

I love General Tso's Chicken!  I ate more of this dish in college than any other meal.  Main Moon made great, cheap, fast Chinese food.  One order could feed me for three days...once I got that refrigerator.  Now with three kids our food outings and take-out usually revolve around pizza.  When I found this recipe on Favorite Family Recipes, I had to try it!  Despite the large number of ingredients, it was super easy.  My husband was astonished that such a meal could come out of my crock pot.

  • 2 pounds chicken breast, 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 T oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 t ginger
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (optional)
  • 4 green onions
  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bag.  Add chicken.  Shake to coat.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat; cook 2 minutes per side.
  3. In the crock, mix sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne.  Whisk.  
  4. Add chicken.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  
  5. Serve over rice or quinoa.  Garnish with green onions.
Note: the cornstarch acts as a thickening agent if you feel your sauce is too thin.  

Difficulty: Easy
Time:15 minutes prep, 3-4 hours baking time
Source: Favorite Family Recipes


  1. Can the recipe be doubled or tripled for company? I wasn't sure if it would hurt the consistency of it if there was more chicken. Sounds good!!

  2. I think as long as the chicken gets coated in flour it should be fine. If you triple the recipe, you may need to cook the chicken in the skillet in a few batches. My family loved this recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

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    Harold Burton

  4. I made this yesterday and it was a hit. I will definitely make again and again.
    Jayme Silvestri

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  6. This so AMAZING! This is a dish that I would totally make for myself and probably keep for myself. My grandmother used to make something similar when I was a little girl.
    Paul Brown