Slow-Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

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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