slow cooker honey sesame chicken

This is super easy to put together and the outcome was delicious. Everyone loved it! I served it over jasmine rice and garnished it with toasted sesame seeds and thinly-sliced scallions. If you look closely you might be able to see the steam coming off this hot plateful of delciousness.

Slow cooker honey sesame chicken adapted from


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin on a diagonal for garnish
  • Hot, cooked rice


Place chicken in slow cooker and lightly season both sides with pepper.

In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oils, ginger 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 and set aside.

In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in ¼ cup water and add to slow cooker. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove about a cup of the sauce to a bowl. Return chicken to slow cooker to heat through.

Add cooked rice to 4 plates, top with chicken and spoon some reserved sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.