Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is a Crock Pot recipe that’s easy to make, cheaper than takeout and tastes better too! It’s a family friendly recipe that will become a favorite.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

For some reason, when I think about using my Crock Pot, I think about it in the cold months filled with soups, stews and pot roast. But I’ve come to realize that using a slow cooker in the summer makes a lot of sense! First of all, I don’t have to turn my oven on and heat up the house. On a day like today, when the high was 90 degrees and the humidity was 75, the air conditioner is working hard enough. I could always go fire up the grill, but I really am enjoying the cool air inside the house. Another great reason is that summer is such a busy time. I spend my days running errands, bringing my kids here and there, meeting friends at the park and trying to prepare blog posts in between. So, I love it when I remember to put dinner in the Crock Pot and voilait is ready when we want to eat! Last week, I made honey sesame chicken in my slow cooker and loved it.

Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

This slow cooker honey sesame chicken recipe was super easy to make. Cut the chicken into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes. Mix together honey, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, onion, barbecue sauce and crushed red peppers in a small bowl. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Cook on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Honey Sesame Chicken Sauce

Remove the chicken from the Crock Pot while reserving the sauce. Pour the sauce into a saucepan. Mix together cold water and cornstarch and stir into the sauce. Cook sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. This only takes a couple of minutes. Turn the heat down to low, add chicken to sauce and break any large pieces into smaller chunks. I used the end of my wooden spatula. Stir to coat while simmering. Remove from heat and sauce will thicken more as it cools. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

Honey Sesame Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

Three of us were home to eat it and we had enough left over to share with my sister and her husband who just had a baby. We dropped it off at their house before heading to my in-laws for the evening.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced onion (I used the dried kind)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and put into Crock Pot.
  2. Mix together honey, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, onion, barbecue sauce and crushed red peppers in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
  4. Cook on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  5. Remove the chicken from the Crock Pot while reserving the sauce.
  6. Pour the sauce into a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Mix together the cold water and cornstarch and stir into the sauce.
  8. Cook sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. This only takes a couple of minutes.
  9. Turn the heat down to low, add chicken to sauce and break any large pieces into smaller chunks. I used the end of my wooden spatula. Stir to coat while simmering.
  10. Remove from heat and sauce will thicken more as it cools.
  11. Add chicken to sauce and serve over rice.
  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff

http://www.thegunnysack.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-honey-sesame-chicken.html

Also, be sure to check out these Crock Pot recipes:

Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls

Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Nacho Bar

Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

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Comments

  1. Dominique says:

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making it again for my family and I. The only thing I had a problem with was the sauce thickening. I even added extra cornstarch and even after us eating and being off the heat for 20+ minutes it still wasn’t thick. It really didn’t make a difference because it was still so good. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Hi Tonia,

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try this. I was just wondering if you think I could freeze the leftovers. Would you leave out the cornstarch step and do it after defrosting?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Vicky,
      I don’t have a lot of experience with freezing food because I have a tiny freezer and we usually eat our leftovers from the fridge. When I do freeze leftovers, I often forget about them in the freezer. :) But I think that it would work better to freeze it with the sauce to keep the chicken moist in the freezer. Best of luck!
      ~Tonia

  3. So found this recipe online last night and decided to make this tonight for dinner. I went strictly by the recipe and it the chicken is so dry, I’m having to make a Chinese dinner run for dinner. My husband came to the conclusion it was the BBQ sauce. What BBQ sauce did you use for the recipe? I used what we had in the fridge, which is probably not the same as what you used. My suggestion would be adding the brand names to the items you used. By version came out looking NOTHING like what yours looks like in the picture. My first meal disaster, ever.

    • Hi Heidi, I’m so sorry that it didn’t turn out for you like it did for us! I used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce and I changed the cooking time in the recipe for now. I have a really old Crock Pot (because my new one cracked) so I wonder if that has anything to do with it? I will try making it again this week to double check my recipe and report back.
      ~Tonia

      • That’s interesting, we used the same brand. So it probably is the difference in crock pots. I probably should’ve let cook for less time. I will be trying this again!!! Feel free to let me know if you figure out the timing!

        • Alrighty, I made this chicken again and I think there are two reasons for the overcooked chicken. The first is the cooking time. It was ready in 4 hours. (The first time I made it, I cooked it for 6 hours, but that is overkill and probably has to do with my antique Crock Pot.) It only needs 3 1/2 – 4 hours on low (depending on your Crock Pot) so keep an eye on it. The second is the size of the chicken pieces. The smaller you cut them, the faster it will cook. Mine were 1 – 1 1/2 inch cubes when I put them in the Crock Pot. The pieces that were still big after being cooked, I cut into smaller pieces when I added them to the thickened sauce in the saucepan. Thanks for letting me know about the issue, Heidi, and I hope it turns out for you the next time!

  4. This looks like dinner to me! I love crock potted Asian meals. I’m usually so stuck in my usual go-to sauce, this honey sesame will be an outstanding change!

  5. Nice and easy. Thank you.

  6. Tonia, I’m always looking for good crock pot recipes (especially when it’s too hot to turn on my oven) and this looks perfect! I love the flavors you use in this :)

  7. One of my favorite dishes. I cannot wait to try this slow cooker version. Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. this is right up my alley Tonia, thank you!

  9. The Crock Pot is such a forgotten tool in the summer but we should embrace it more! This looks terrific!

  10. Oh man, I wish I didn’t wake up to this! Now I will be craving it all day!

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