Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken is loaded with all the tender chicken, sweet and spicy sauce, and crunchy peanuts that we all love in our favorite takeout dish. The best part is that it’s super fresh and so authentic!

large wooden spoonful of kung pao chicken held above a slow cooker

Takeout is a joy, isn’t it? You can always count on all kinds of sweet and spicy flavors that just make your tastebuds so happy. We love takeout, but what we love even more is making our own delicious takeout favorites at home. That’s just what we did with this kung pao chicken.

bowl filled with fried rice and kung pao chicken and topped with peanuts

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple, basic ingredients that you can find in any grocery store.
  • It has all the authentic sweet and spicy flavors we love about kung pao chicken.
  • It’s a slow cooker recipe, so it’s easy and pie, er kung pao.


bowls of raw chicken, sliced zucchini, peanuts, brown sugar, cornstarch, oil, red chilies, garlic, ginger, ketchup, bell pepper and green onions.

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this recipe, and all of them can be found at your local grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card for exact amounts!

  • Chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Cornstarch
  • Oil
  • Red chilies, seeded and sliced
  • Red bell pepper, cubed
  • Zucchini, cubed
  • Lite soy sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Garlic
  • Ground ginger
  • Peanuts
  • Green onions and more peanuts for garnish

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

Making this recipe is super simple. It’s a slow cooker recipe, so you know it’s simple. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time. Then, you just have to wait for the slow cooker to do its thing.

diced chicken breasts being coated in cornstarch in a bowl

Step 1: Brown the Chicken

Toss the chicken with cornstarch, then quickly brown it until golden in oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Mix the Sauce Ingredients

Combine the water, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and peanuts in a mixing bowl.

cooked chicken, bell pepper, sliced zucchini, and corn in a slow cooker

Step 3: Combine and Cook

Add the chicken, red bell pepper, zucchini, red chilies, and sauce to the slow cooker. Then, cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Vegetables – Add your favorite vegetables to this dish. Broccoli, carrots, or baby corn would all work well.
  • Chicken – You can make this dish with pork or beef.
  • Brown Sugar – White sugar will work if you don’t have brown sugar.

If you think this looks good, check out our slow cooker cashew chicken recipe.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Skillet
  • Slow cooker
kung pao chicken topped with peanuts in the slow cooker

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate this dish in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • When browning the chicken, keep the heat high and the cook time low. You’re just getting color on the chicken, not cooking it through.
  • Keep an eye on your kung pao chicken as it cooks. The sugars can burn depending on how hot your slow cooker runs.
  • It’s important to mix the sauce ingredients before adding them to the slow cooker so everything is well combined.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is kung pao chicken?

Traditional kung poa chicken is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers.

What’s the difference between General Tso’s chicken and kung pao chicken?

Both dishes are both chicken-based and contain chilies. However, General Tso’s chicken uses deep-fried chicken with a syrupy sweet and sour sauce, while kung pao chicken isn’t fried and uses a more balanced sauce.

What can I serve with kung pao chicken?

Fried rice, Chinese noodles, egg rolls, and enoki mushrooms with garlic are all excellent options.

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Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

This slow cooker kung pao chicken is an easy take on an Asian favorite loaded with hot and sweet flavors and tender chicken.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 380kcal


  • slow cooker
  • Skillet
  • large bowl


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 dried red chilies seeded and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper cubed
  • 1 zucchini cubed
  • cup water
  • cup lite soy sauce
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • cup peanuts
  • Green onions and more peanuts for garnish


  • In a large skillet over medium high heat heat the 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Toss the cubed chicken with the cornstarch.
  • Quickly brown the chicken in the pan until it has color. You are not looking to cook the chicken through, just get some color on it.
  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Add in your red bell pepper, zucchini, and red chilis to the slow cooker.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the water, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, ginger and peanuts.
  • Stir and pour over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 957mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1329IU | Vitamin C: 120mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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