Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken (+ Instant Pot) MEAL PREP + VIDEO
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken (+ Instant Pot) MEAL PREP + VIDEO
  • prep: 25 min
  • cook: 3 hr
  • total: 3 hr 25 min
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  • Summary

    Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken makes the perfect easy weeknight meal. Best of all, this popular takeout favorite is lightened up with the same amazing as your local restaurant.

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup cornstarch (use arrowroot powder for paleo-friendly)
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
    • 1 - 1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (about 2-3 pieces), cut into bite-sized chunks
    • Oil for browning (about 3-4 tablespoons + more as needed)
    • **4 - 5 dried red chili peppers (to taste) found in Asian supermarkets or the International section of a large chain grocery store - see NOTE)
    • Toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions, for garnish (optional)
    • Sauce (If you like this dish saucier - feel free to double the amount and save the rest for another dish)
    • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce (can substitute with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for paleo)
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons honey (or brown sugar)
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce (use gluten free or the homemade paleo version instead - see NOTES)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup (for paleo or gluten free - use the homemade ketchup recipe - see NOTES)
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper chili flakes (to taste)
    • 1-2 teaspoons red chili garlic paste (for gluten free or paleo use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried red pepper chili flakes instead - use more if you prefer it spicier)
    • Starch slurry
    • 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • For Meal Prep
    • Rice
    • Roasted or Stir-fried zucchini, broccoli and red bell peppers
    • Lunch containers

    Instructions

    Click Here For Step-By-Step Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1026 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 38 g 57.98%
    • Saturated Fat: 10 g 52.1%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 202 mg 67.25%
    • Sodium: 2547 mg 106.1%
    • Calcium: 276 mg 27.57%
    • Potassium: 1061 mg 30.33%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 7 mg 39.78%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 136 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 11 g 45.67%
    • Sugar: 24 g
    • Protein: 37 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 8 g
    • Vitamin A 20%
    • Vitamin C 63.37%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat7
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs1
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables8
    • Exchange - Lean Meat2
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total5 oz-eq

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