Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

So, almost immediately after pinning this awesome looking recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken, Tina commented on my pin with her rave reviews. I knew it looked good, but hearing how fabulous it was made it even more appealing. But what about this recipe made it so wonderful, when I hadn’t even tasted it?

Was it the combination of garlic and ginger? Honey and soy sauce? Toasted sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes? Or [gasp] even the ketchup and canola oil and onion?

I’m not sure. Does it even really matter, though? I’m not sure it does.

Simple ingredients come together to make something fantastic in this Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken. And the best part is that it only takes four hours to cook in the crock pot. [Side note: I despise calling a crock pot a "slow cooker." It sounds so... ugh... to me. Hence the name change.]

Ben loves anything Asian-inspired, so you can be sure that this was a huge hit in our house. The flavors are just the right amount of sweetness and kick, but feel free to add more spice if that’s your thing. This is a must make, so if you’ve been thinking about it… go for it! Enjoy!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken [adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff and Foodie with Family]
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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • black pepper
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • hot cooked rice, for serving
  • steamed broccoli, for serving
  • sesame seeds, for serving

Directions:

Season chicken thighs with black pepper and lay in bottom of crock pot.

In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, canola oil, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pour mixture over chicken thighs and flip chicken to coat. Cook on low for 4 hours, then remove chicken to a plate.

In a second bowl, combine cornstarch with water until dissolved. Then pour into liquid in crock pot, return chicken, cover, and cook for 15 minutes or until thick.

Break up chicken with two forks, then serve over hot cooked rice with steamed broccoli. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, then enjoy.

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16 thoughts on “Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

  1. Jenna

    Looks great, Sarah! And I think it’s really funny that you have an aversion to the words “slow cooker.” Is there a related traumatic story from your childhood that could shed some light on that? =)

    Reply
    1. Sarah Post author

      ha! no horror story, i just think “slow cooker” sounds weird & kinda dumb. not that “crock pot” sounds any more sophisticated… :)

      Reply
  2. sportsglutton

    Just connected to your site via Dashboard.

    There’s no way that tossing all these ingredients into a crock pot and cooking them doesn’t create something tasty. Great recipe!

    If you have a moment check out my blog which is a fusion of sports, food recipes, libations and more. http://sports-glutton.com/

    Cheers,
    Jed

    Reply
  3. Dee at Deelicious Sweets

    This does look fabulous! I can’t blame you for jumping on it especially since it’s a slow-cooker…oops crock pot ;) recipe. I need this for my Wednesday night’s. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and nice to meet you. I came over from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts. She has you on her blog list. Hope you have a good weekend!

    Reply
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  5. Veronica

    I always call it a crockpot but think it’s kind of hilarious that you find “slow cooker” so unappealing! Did someone you have an aversion to call it that or something? Anyway, this looks totally fantastic!

    Reply
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