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Pseudo Chinese Food from the Crock Pot

May 21, 2009


Originally uploaded by alfagee

I’ve been trying to eat healthier, but still crave Chinese food. What’s a girl to do? No, not dial the local delivery joint and suffer through some steamed bean sprouts in no sauce.

The correct answer is: Invent a recipe that tastes like the real thing, but isn’t breaded, fried, loaded with grease, and heavy.

This version of General Tso’s chicken takes a little prep work and time before it goes into the crock pot, but then it’s smooth sailing. All the ingredients can be found in your run-of-the-mill supermarket.

Faux Tso’s

(serves 4-6)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp dry sherry
2 tbsp cornstarch

In the crock
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 small yellow onion, cut into chunks
1/2 bunch scallions (white and light green parts only), sliced
1 lg red pepper, cut into strips
3 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp lite soy sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2-3 tsp. spicy Szechuan sauce (the one I bought was from Ka-Me; feel free to substitute any Asian chili sauce, crushed red pepper, or a couple of small hot peppers)
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1/4 cup chicken broth


  1. Add chicken to marinade ingredients, and marinate for 1-3 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and toss with cornstarch. Discard marinade
  3. Brown cornstarch-coated chicken lightly on all sides.
  4. Add onions, scallions, and sliced red pepper to crock pot. Top with browned chicken pieces.
  5. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.
  6. Cover the crock and cook on high for 4 hours.
  7. If the sauce is thin, remove 2 tbsp of sauce to a small bowl and stir in 1 tbsp cornstarch. Add this back to the pot, stir, and let cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Before serving, mix in a 16-oz sack of frozen stirfry veggies that have been nuked to warm. Serve over rice.

**Notes:  You can do the marinating and browning of the chicken ahead of time, and refrigerate over night. Don’t marinate the chicken over night, or it will fall apart in the crockpot.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Incognitoburrito permalink
    May 21, 2009 3:22 pm

    I love you forever, Alfa. Thanks for this one!

  2. May 21, 2009 10:46 pm


  3. Katcruiser permalink
    May 21, 2009 11:47 pm

    Thanks, I sent the link to my sister- her family loves General Tso’s Chicken.

  4. May 22, 2009 9:24 am

    This looks great!

  5. Mare permalink
    May 22, 2009 11:37 am

    Thank you for letting us be a part of your recipe world. I am excited to try this.

  6. Lisa aka Nutz permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:10 pm

    I definitely need to try this one. Thanks, Alfa.

  7. E11even permalink
    May 28, 2009 1:03 pm

    this is so freaking good.

    • alfagee permalink*
      May 28, 2009 1:06 pm

      I love your recipe reviews. So succint and direct. 🙂

      Glad you liked it!

      • E11even permalink
        May 28, 2009 2:14 pm

        he he!

        I used 3 tsp of the szechuan sauce, and 2 tsp of a chili garlic sauce. I think next time I’d do 4 and 1. Mr. E loved it. I’m not sure if it’s because my crock pot runs hot, but the sauce really got thick, and it pretty much tasted like it had been deep fried. Except it wasn’t! Yay!

      • alfagee permalink*
        May 28, 2009 2:18 pm

        I figured you’d want to make it spicier.

        As for the thick sauce, I think that’s the cornstarch doing its magic.

        Next up, stuffed cabbage in a sweet and sour tomato sauce. It’s in the crock right now.

      • E11even permalink
        May 28, 2009 2:49 pm


        yeah, I didn’t even have to do that last step of adding cornstarch though, it was just done.

        I just steamed up some carrots and snow peas, and put rice then those, then topped with the chicken. Next time I’ll remember to buy a bag of frozen stir fry (I just spaced it) and do it the way you did.

  8. Pam (ctfemme) permalink
    May 29, 2009 5:00 pm

    This looks soooo good! I’ll have to try this on a Sunday when I’m home all day.

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