Slow-Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

Posted on September 9, 2013 by rebeccascritchfield

Chinese food has always been one of my favorites! While takeout is easy, it’s not always healthy. Recently, I’ve been on the hunt to create a healthy alternative to a family favorite general tso’s chicken dish.

General Tsos

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I wanted to find a way to pack in all of the flavor of this meal, while reducing the excessive amount of fat sodium that oftentimes comes in the fried takeout version. I was also looking for a way to increase the vegetables and make the recipe just as easy as ordering takeout.

Slow Cooker Meals – You can’t beat a dinner that cooks itself!

I’m sure that the recipe below has done the trick. It’s delicious, good-for-you, and super easy in the slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can do it as a stir fry on the stove.

This meal is inexpensive to make too. On average, the meal is $13 and serves four! That’s about the price of one dinner size takeout. Try it with the family or serve at your next party.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed and/or breasts cut into 1- inch strips
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried ginger
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium Soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped (any color)
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets (or frozen vegetables such as asparagus spears, carrots, cauliflower) or 2 cups fresh vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (this is pretty mild and OK for children reduce amount if you don’t like it quite as spicy)

Directions:

  • In a large bowl toss the chicken pieces with the garlic, sugar, ginger, Soy sauce, onion, bell pepper and red pepper flakes. Then, pour it all into a 4-quart slow-cooker, including any of the drippings and leftover sauce from the mixing bowl.
  • Turn the slow-cooker to low and cook for 5 hours. Then, add the broccoli (or your selected frozen vegetables) and turn the slow-cooker to high and cook for an additional hour. Serve over brown rice and top with chopped scallions. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): 

  • Calories: 229
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 91 mg
  • Sodium: 523 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 11.5g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Calcium: 52mg

Note: Nutritional analysis is for general tso’s chicken alone and does not include white or brown rice with chopped scallions. 

 

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