General Tso’s Stew

This Keto friendly soup with an Asian flare, is made in a slow cooker. This means you can start it before going to work and when you come home your house will smell super inviting and your gourmet soup will be done, so that’s one less thing you have to stress and obsess over before your dinner guests arrive. I give you a quick version of the recipe if the chicken is already cooked, and a long version if you are starting with raw chicken.


  • 1lb Chicken – shredded and cooked
  • 8 oz Tomato juice
  • 1.5 cups Onion – diced (1-2 onions)
  • 1 cup Broccoli – cut into small florets
  • 0.5 cups Cherry Peppers (pickled) – chopped and destemed
  • 0.25 cups Green onion – chopped
  • 2 TBL Soy sauce
  • 2TBL Hoisin sauce
  • 1 TBL Peanut oil
  • 1-2 tsp Red pepper flakes – or to taste
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds – toasted


  1. Mise en Place – measure and prepare your ingredients prior to starting.
  2. In slow cooker, combine tomato juice, cherry peppers, soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, peanut oil, red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir in chicken, onion, and broccoli.
  4. Cover and cook 2 hours.
  5. Top with green onions and sesame seeds.

Note 1: That process was for a quick version. I usually sous vide the chicken the day before (4 hours at 165F), and let it cool in the vacuum bags. I use skin-on, bone-in thighs and use the chicken juices (stock) to flavor the soup (with fat removed). The cooled chicken can easily be shredded using a two-fork method.

Note 2: If you want to make the long version, you can start with raw chicken and then follow the long version process below.

Long Version

  1. Generously salt and pepper 2 lbs of raw chicken (bone in, skin on thighs are best),
  2. Put chicken in slow cooker.
  3. Cover with water or chicken stock (~32 oz).
  4. Add one garlic clove (peeled), one onion (diced), and one bay leaf.
  5. Cover and cook 8 hours on low.
  6. Remove chicken and allow to cool, and then shred. Set aside skin for your loyal Labrador who’s been helping.
  7. Remove bay leaf and spoon off the fat at the top of the soup.
  8. Proceed with step 2 in the above quick version