Chinese food can seem impossible to master with your own two hands, but luckily for you, they don’t need to do all the work. Chinese food is another cuisine the slow cooker can take on, helping to save both your wallet and your waistline. The key to good homemade Chinese food is the right combination of sauces, so once you sufficiently stock your pantry, you’re ready to turn on the slow cooker. Check out these 10 Chinese food dishes that can come out of your slow cooker, and get ready to impress your dinner guests with a Chinese feast that doesn’t come from takeout boxes.
1. Crockpot General Tso’s Chicken
First up is a Chinese food favorite from Host the Toast: General Tso’s. When ordering Chinese takeout, an order of General Tso’s is a given, but now you can save your money and make it at home. The key ingredients are chicken breasts, sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, pepper, and dried ginger, and after 10 minutes of prep time, the chicken will cook on low for 4 hours. Aside from occasionally stirring, the slow cooker will do all of the work for you, and you’ll be the one enjoying the fruits of its labor.
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons 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 distilled or apple cider vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
- Green onions, chopped, to top
- Rice and broccoli, to serve
Directions: In a shallow dish, mix ¾ cup cornstarch, salt, and pepper to combine. Dip chicken in mixture and turn to coat. Transfer to a plate, shaking to remove excess.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until well browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Add sugar, soy sauce, juice, vinegar, garlic ginger, and cayenne to slow cooker insert and stir well. Add chicken, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours. Check sauce consistency about 20 minutes before serving. If desired, thicken by creating a slurry with remaining cornstarch and a bit of water. Stir into slow cooker and let cook until thickened. Serve over broccoli and rice. Garnish with green onion.