There was a time when my hubby & I didn’t think twice about ordering take out. 15 Years and 3 Kids later we are a family that deals with food allergies and being on a budget it just isn’t worth it to us to eat out. So when we are feeling hungry for Chinese food, we make our own. Now I have a killer recipe for Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken that will taste so much better than any that you order.
Whip up this great recipe and serve it with some white rice & steamed broccoli for a quick and easy dinner. You can even buy a box of fortune cookies at the grocery store to top it all of. This recipe makes plenty for the entire family at a fraction of the cost of takeout. Plus, you can make this gluten-free when you use gluten-free soy sauce.
Crockpot General Tso's Chicken
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” pieces)
- 1 cup cornstarch, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- ⅓ cup vinegar (white distilled or apple cider)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
- Green onions, chopped, to top
- Rice and broccoli, to serve
- Combine ¾ cups cornstarch, the salt, and the pepper in a shallow dish. Dip the chicken pieces in the cornstarch mixture to coat, shake off excess, and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken pieces. It should take less than 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- In a 5qt+ slow cooker, combine the sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
- Add the chicken to the crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Check 20 minutes before serving and make sure your sauce is thick enough. If not, take the remaining ¼ cup of cornstarch and mix it with ¼ cup cold water until a slurry forms. Then, gently mix it into the chicken and sauce, being careful not to scrape the cornstarch coating off of the chicken. Cook for another 20 minutes, and then serve over broccoli and rice. Top with chopped green onion.
- Use a gluten free soy sauce