The Emperor's Slow Cooked Chicken (Crock-Pot)

Total Time
6hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 6 hrs

From 30 Day Gourmet. Made this tender chicken recently and my DH and kids really enjoyed it. I served it over Lo Mein - DH and DS ate their chicken and Lo Mein separately, my other DS, DD, and myself pulled the chicken off the bone and ate it with the Lo Mein - DD also added some Duck Sauce to hers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the chicken in the oil on both sides.
  2. Place the browned chicken parts in a slow cooker.
  3. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Pour the sauce ingredients over the chicken parts.
  5. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and simmer on high power for one hour.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and cook about 5 hours longer, or until the meat juices run clear.
  7. Place chicken on plates or a serving platter; spoon sauce over chicken and sprinkle with almonds and green onions, if desired.
  8. (I like the sauce just a bit thicker than this recipe - I whisked together a little sauce and cornstarch in a saucepan, then gradually added the rest of the sauce until thickened to the consistency I prefer before spooning over chicken.).
  9. Serves 6.
  10. Since this recipe finishes its cooking in less time than most crock pot recipes, you can fully cook this one ahead of time and freeze, then reheat it and it will turn out great.
  11. For those of you who work eight hour days, this might be the best bet!


Most Helpful

This recipe calls for way too much cooking time for chicken thighs, so the meat was overcooked -probably after an hour. I used boneless chicken thighs which tended to break into smaller bites. The flavor is kind of like General Tso's Chicken (without the fry batter). Was disappointed that it wasn't better. May try to adapt the recipe and not put it in a slow cooker, but on the range for some part of an hour.

ahejt May 24, 2015

This is an excellent meal. Very easy and tasty! I used turkey thigh instead of chicken and like one of the other reviewers, I doubled the sauce. Served with rice and frozen chopped broccoli. Will be making this one again. Thanks for posting this Sweet Diva. Made for Zaar Cookbook Tag.

LARavenscroft December 26, 2010

We really enjoyed this simple to prepare dish. I used boneless chicken thighs so I only cooked them for about 4 hours total and they were perfect. I doubled the sauce and added a little red pepper flakes to spice it up some. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

~Nimz~ April 04, 2008

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