Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Slow Cooker Vegetarian General Tso's Chicken Recipe

 Day 124.

Mmm...General Tso's chicken. It's one of those that doesn't really taste like real chicken. More like bread and sauce. So, I had to make this when I saw it on Steph's site, Crockpot 365. The interesting part is, since Steph's family is gluten free, she went with unbreaded. The breading is sort of a crucial part of General Tso's, so we'll see if that impacts the flavor tremendously. This is surely a much better for you version, since it's not fried.

General Tso's Chicken
Adapted from Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken.
4 C vegetarian "chicken," cubed
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. dried ginger
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (add more to taste at the table if you'd prefer more heat)
House seasoning, to taste
1/2 head Napa cabbage, chopped
3 carrots, sliced into rounds
1/2 cucumber, diced

Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Spray crock with nonstick spray. Put the "chicken" into the bottom of your crockpot and then add the garlic, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Toss the chicken to fully coat with the sauce ingredients. Add carrots and cucumbers. Stir. Top with cabbage. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, or until the veggies are tender.

Serve chicken and veggies on a bed of the chopped cabbage.

The Results
This is good. But it isn't really reminiscent of General Tso's chicken. My husband's response was "it has vegetables, so it's not General Tso's"...I was expecting it to taste like unbreaded Tso's with vegetables. But really it just tastes like good "chicken" and veg stir fry. So, bottom line, it's tasty, but the sauce isn't very Tsoey. It definitely needs extra red peppers to even come close.

What's your favorite take-out fake out?

This post is shared with Real Food Wednesday, Recipes I Can't Wait to Try, What's Cooking Wednesday, What's on Your Plate?, What's on the Menu Wednesday, Let's Do Brunch, Works for me Wednesday, Gold Star Wednesday and No Whine Wednesday.


  1. I enjoyed reading the recipe and your commentary. I'm with your husband, when I want General Tso's, I want General Tso's, so something vegetable-y wouldn't do it for me.

  2. I love all things stir fried. I'm sorry that it didn't turn out like you hoped, but it still sounds yummy. Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

  3. I've never had General Tso's chicken, so I'm not sure what this recipe was supposed to taste like, but it sure looks good! Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch. Hope you will come along and join in again this week - the linky is up now :)