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Clean Crock Pot General Tso’s Chicken!

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This was absolutely incredible! Especially over a bed of rice! I am a big Chinese food fan but I want to avoid hidden ingredients and eating out so I found this incredible recipe and put my own little clean eating spin on it and it turned out to be amazing! The sauce is my fave part and its super easy to make. The most challenging part of the prep would be the pan frying of the chicken. That was a pain in the neck. Other than that this whole recipe took me 40 minutes if that! You will need a crock pot and a rice cooker! Enjoy!

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CROCK POT GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN
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Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” pieces)
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Oliveoil
  • ½ Cup Raw Cane sugar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ⅓ cup vinegar (white distilled or apple cider)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
  • Green onions, chopped, to top
  • Rice and broccoli, to serve
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine ¾ cups cornstarch, the salt, and the pepper in a shallow dish. Dip the chicken pieces in the cornstarch mixture to coat, shake off excess, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken pieces. It should take less than 2 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. In the slow cooker, combine the sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne. Stir to mix well.
  4. Add the chicken to the crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Check 20 minutes before serving and make sure your sauce is thick enough. If not, take the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix it with 2 tablespoons cold water until a slurry forms. Then, gently mix a bit into the chicken and sauce, being careful not to scrape the cornstarch coating off of the chicken. If it’s very thin, you’ll need more, if it’s not too thin, use is sparingly. It thickens significantly as it cooks, so you may not need the whole ¼ cup. Cook for another 20 minutes, and then serve over broccoli and rice. Top with chopped green onion.

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