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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe


Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe Hip2Save

Don’t you love when you try a recipe found via Pinterest and it turns out fantastic? This one is a winner for my family so today I’m passing it on to you. If you love Asian inspired food, then you’ll really like this! I added fresh ginger to the original recipe and it takes it to a whole new level. Plus, your kitchen will smell like PF Chang’s! 🙂

You can even use frozen chicken – just double the cooking time. This recipe is a little extra work at the end due to the shredding of the chicken and thickening of the sauce with cornstarch. However, the outcome is totally worth it! This is what makes it taste like it didn’t come from a slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

* 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts, defrosted
* Salt and pepper
* 1/2 cup diced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1/4 cup ketchup
* 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (optional)
* 2 tablespoons olive oil or sesame oil
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 4 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 tablespoon or more sesame seeds
* 3 scallions, chopped
* 4-5 servings of your favorite white or brown rice

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Hip2Save


Place chicken in Crock Pot and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger, oil, and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours. Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 1/3 cup water; add to crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.

Serve with your favorite rice, and top with chicken, spooning the sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

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Comments 30

  1. Kym

    I’m actually making Collins sweet and sour chicken tonight (it’s a favorite in our house), but I can’t wait to try this one next week! Thx Collin!

    • Bunny

      I can’t find the recipe. Can you share again? Thanks!

        • Kym

          I’ll just add that we love to use 3 breasts, keeping the sauce volume as listed in the recipe.. Then we dice up a pepper (red or green, whatever we have on hand) and toss in to lightly sauté after the chicken cooks. Then stir it in with chicken, sauce and pineapples. We serve it with jasmine rice. So so yummy!

  2. Nikki

    This looks yummy! Is there anything I can substitute for the ketchup? I am doing a clean eating challenge and ketchup is not allowed.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Since it’s such a small amount, try mixing a small amount of tomato paste, vinegar, and sugar for a similar taste.

      • Nikki

        Thanks! All your recipes look awesome.

  3. Sue

    I have to say I just found this blog and I adore it already! You are amazing, Collin!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Awe… thank so much, Sue! Glad you are enjoying the blog! 🙂

  4. Gabrielle

    I have this same recipe or one very similar to it pinned on Pinterest and it is soooo good! Everyone I have made it for loves it and it is super easy.

  5. Susan

    I have made this it is SOOOOOO good!

  6. Rachel A.

    Can you substitute with powdered ginger? Maybe one or two tsp.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You could but use very little. I also love ginger paste (found in the produce section) for the convenience 🙂

  7. suzyq

    Instead of shredding my chicken by hand I just put it in my Kitchenaid mixer with the paddle for a couple minutes and voila! Shredded chicken without all the work 🙂

    • Jessica

      I do the same thing. It is so fast and easy. I will never shred chicken by hand again!

  8. Happymama

    I’m drooling right now 🙂

  9. Lee

    Going to try this for dinner instead of pancakes tonight! It looks soooo delicious!

  10. Melanie

    Somewhat off topic, but my crock pot broke today. Anyone have a recommendation? I probably need about a 7 qt. size.

    • Kim

      Costco has a nice digital large crockpot that comes with a free Little Dipper crock for $29.99. Great deal.

  11. Michelle C

    Thanks Collin! This sounds really delicious! And PF Changs is too far away for us to drive!

  12. Ashley R

    oh my, this sounds so delicious! I know what i’m buying to make for Saturday (this is because i’ll probably be sick of leftovers and want something new

  13. Laura

    Hi Collin,

    Isn’t your husband doing gluten free? I say that because I have seen you post gluten free recipes before. Soy sauce has wheat in it so be careful if he is following it for health reasons. Thanks for all that you do!


    • Jennifer B.

      There are gluten free soy sauces available. Kroger’s brand might even be. Certainly check each and every purchase as production changes unexpectedly!

  14. thegreatamericanfeast

    This recipe sounds amazing. Who doesn’t love a good slow cooker recipe, especially if it ends with hot, yummy sesame chicken?

  15. Amy

    Making this this afternoon, anybody add any vegetables to this while it was cooking?

  16. Robyn

    The recipe was delicious! I sauteed zucchini at the end of the cooking time and mixed it with the chicken in the serving bowl.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum!! Sounds great. Thanks Robyn 😀

  17. Beth

    Do the red pepper flakes make it spicy at all? I have 2 kids that can’t handle spice.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You can add what you feel is best. I would not say it’s spicy though because of the honey. Hope that helps 😀

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