Save on Pinterest

General Tso’s Stew

I love Asian food and wanted a chili-like soup with the distinctive flavors of General Tso’s chicken. The slow cooker makes this super easy, and you can use any meat you like. It’s a great with turkey, ground meats or leftover pork. —Lori McLain, Denton, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup pickled cherry peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound shredded cooked chicken
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted


  • In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, combine the first 6 ingredients. Stir in chicken, onion and broccoli. Cook, covered, on low about 2 hours, until vegetables are tender. Top with green onions and sesame seeds to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 222 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 791mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • xlsalbums
    Jan 19, 2020

    This was a short timed slow cooker recipe. I like the flavors. I would serve this over rice as there was not enough liquid to really call it a stew.

  • Angie
    Nov 12, 2019

    Good flavor. Doesn't really taste like General Tso's, but nice. Not enough liquid if you want to serve this over rice or noodles, as I did. I added chicken broth and increased the hoisin sauce to balance the flavor. The cherry peppers are a must! They made the whole flavor of this dish. They were a bit time consuming removing all the seeds and chopping. A little bit of sesame oil really helps with the flavor also.

  • Debglass11
    Mar 27, 2019

    Loved the flavor of this soup! My family loves General Tso's chicken, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I didn't realize it was a slow cooker recipe, and since I was short on time, I made it on the stove top. Super easy. I basically doubled the recipe and since I didn't have tomato juice, I used a combination of tomato paste and chicken broth. Like some other reviewers, I wanted more liquid, so used enough chicken broth to accomplish that. The hoisin sauce really makes this dish. I also added a little sesame oil to the pot. Served with potstickers and rice. Everyone loved it!

  • Jean
    Mar 7, 2019

    Love, love, love the flavors in this soup! To make it more like soup I doubled the to.ato juice and added a can if chicken broth. I also used 5 cups of broccoli for plenty of veggies in our low carb diet. Because of adding extra liquid I used 1/2 of a 13 oz bottle of hoisen for flavor. I also forgot to look for pickled cherry peppers so used some viniger (about 1 TB) for that tang. My daughter loved it and we will be making it again. Made rice for the grand children to have under it.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Jan 11, 2019

    This was a very easy and delicious recipe! I took a shortcut and made this in the pressure cooker with great results. It is a thicker soup so if you wanted to thin it down, I'd recommend more tomato juice or chicken broth. Great flavor!

  • mkfrazier
    Oct 3, 2018

    Interesting blend of flavors although even 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes made this quite spicy. I will reduce this to 1/2 teaspoon (at most) next time. There was very little liquid even for a thick chili-style dish, so I added about 1 cup of water (could use tomato juice, too). Also, the cooking times in the instructions conflict. Is it 4 hours or 2 hours? This was ready to eat after 3-1/2 hours, but not sure if 2 hours was quite enough. (I didn't check that soon.) I will try this again and check on the cook after 2 hours.