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Honey Sesame Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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Sweet, salty and umami collide in this easy slow cooker sesame chicken. Serve it over rice for a flavorful weeknight meal.

Close up of rice topped with chunks of sesame chicken in honey sauce.

Slow cooker recipes are such a lifesaver for busy families. There is nothing better than chucking some ingredients into the crock in the morning and coming home to a tasty meal.

This recipe cooks whole chicken breasts in all of the things you would expect in sesame chicken. The honey, vinegar and touch of ketchup cook into a thick and well balanced sauce.

Serving your sesame chicken

After the chicken is nice and tender, it easily breaks apart with a couple of forks. I like to keep the chunks bite sized, but you can shred it as much as you would like.

Sprinkle on some sesame seeds if you have them and give it all a quick stir. That thick sauce will coat everything in goodness.

Serve it over some rice with a nice veggie on the side and dinner is ready to go. We especially like some steamed broccoli or sauteed zucchini on the side.

Roasted green beans or garlic soy green beans in the instant pot would be great options as well. Any of your favorite veggies would round out the plate nicely.

Sticky honey sesame chicken served on rice.

Original recipe from 2016

I have been wanting to make a slow cooker version of honey chicken for a while now. The problem is every recipe I saw involved browning bites of chicken and then putting them in the slow cooker for 3 hours.

That may work in some situations, but when your work day is 8 hours long a 3 hour cook time isn’t exactly convenient.

The problem is, cooking chicken in the slow cooker for too long leaves you with mealy meat. It goes from fall apart tender to falling apart so much it is disintegrating and nobody wants their chicken to be mush.

So, I made a few adaptations that make getting this ready in the morning super easy. You get to throw in whole frozen chicken breasts!

Dinner plate filled with roasted asparagus spears and slow cooker sesame chicken over rice.

All you do when you get home is shred it and stir in some sesame seeds. It’ll be done before you can make the rice to serve it with… even if you use instant!

My husband instantly fell in love. He said I can make it whenever I want.

Sweet of him to give me permission, isn’t it? 😉 Of course I am glad he likes it, and it is so darn easy to make I will be happy to make it every time he requests it.

Yield: 6 Servings

Honey Sesame Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Sticky honey sesame chicken served on rice.

Sweet, salty and umami collide in this easy slow cooker sesame chicken. Serve it over rice for a flavorful weeknight meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 5 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider or rice vinegar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Rice for serving and optional green onions

Instructions

Place chicken breasts in your slow cooker.

Stir together corn starch and cold water. Add all of the remaining ingredients, besides the sesame seeds and stir to combine. Pour over chicken.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours.

Using two forks, lightly shred the chicken. Then stir in the sesame seeds.

Serve over rice with green onions if desired.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 881mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 28g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Sweet, salty and umami collide in this easy slow cooker sesame chicken. Serve it over rice for a flavorful weeknight meal.

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