Honey Sesame Chicken {Slow Cooker}

The busy holiday season is beginning, and it’s sure to bring plenty of fun activities as well as extra long to do lists. At this time of year, I want to spend my kitchen time baking holiday cookies, rather than cooking involved dinners. Using my slow cooker helps me to do just that. I can spend a few minutes prepping dinner earlier in the day, and then my evening cooking is so much easier.

I’ve made this honey sesame chicken twice now, and adapted it a bit the second time around to achieve even better results. The first time I used chicken thighs, and the second chicken breasts. It worked out both ways, but do be sure to trim off any fat that may be on the chicken thighs before cooking.

Served with brown rice and a green salad, this honey sesame chicken is a balanced and flavorful meal.

Honey Sesame Chicken {Slow Cooker}

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Makes 4 servings


  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • Cooked brown or white rice, for serving


  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce in slow cooker. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 1/3 cup water; add to slow cooker. Stir to combine with sauce. Cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  5. To serve, place cooked rice on each plate and top with chicken. Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken and rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

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  1. This is one of my favorite recipes. I’ve made it 3 times in just the past few months. My 14 month old girls love it!

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