Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is ridiculously tender, tasty, simple, and cheap and surely better than your local takeout joint.
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken from Handle the Heat

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This recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken has certainly made a name for itself among food blogs. I’ve seen the recipe several times and have always wondered if it could be as tasty and easy as everyone says it is. I’m here to report to you that the rumors are true… this recipe is outstanding! And I’ve made a few changes to make it a little less indulgent and a little more appropriate for a family favorite weeknight meal.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: The vinegar, soy sauce, and red pepper offset the sweetness of the honey so you’re left with a nice balance of flavors.
Texture: The chicken is incredibly tender and moist and every bite is coated in that luscious sauce.
Ease: Super duper easy and perfect for a weeknight meal.
Appearance: The sesame seed and green onion garnish make this look like a restaurant dish.
Pros: Easy, simple, cheap, and delicious.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely.


Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings


1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Sesame seeds
Chopped scallions, for garnish


Season both sides of the chicken with lightly with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, onion, tomato sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or on high 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through and tender.

Remove the chicken from slow cooker, leaving the sauce. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/3 cup of water and pour into the slow cooker. Add in the sesame oil. Stir to combine with the sauce. Replace the lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Shred the chicken into bite size pieces, then return to the pot and toss with the sauce before serving. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions and serve over rice or noodles.

Recipe adapted from Baby Center

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23 Responses to “Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken”

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    Tieghan — July 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I love honey sesame chicken. What a great recipe and perfect for summer parties!

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    Lauren — July 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I love the blog “what should we call me”. It has daily posts that I watch at work and laugh out loud only to remember I am at work. I love your recipe – I will probably try it and put it over some of my sesame soba noodles!

    • Tessa replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      Thanks for sharing – I’m loving that blog!

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    Jennifer — July 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Great recipe!

    And response to your request for funny videos, I sure hope you’ve seen “Odin Eating Like a Person”

    • Tessa replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      Oh my god that is so weird! The guy laughing is the best part!

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    Kiran @ — July 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I really need a slow cooker in my life!! This looks amazingly delish!

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    ashley - baker by nature — July 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Um YUM! I want to eat this all.

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    Don Birdsall — July 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I made this exactly as described with no tweaks or substitutions. I had all of the ingredients on hand except the sesame oil and of course the main ingredient chicken thighs. After quick trip to the supermarket I was ready to cook! Actually, not much cooking skill is involved. Chop some onion and throw most of the ingredients into a crock pot.

    I cheated a little on the rice. I bought some “heat and serve” Jasmine rice. It saves another pot to clean.

    The result was excellent. The balance of flavors is brilliant. If I bought this in a restaurant I would b e complimenting the chef.

    Keep up the good work! This is a five star recipe.

    • Tessa replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      I’m so thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the comment.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 17, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I love honey sesame chicken! I need to dig out my crock pot and give this a try!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — July 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    This sounds delicious! My crock pot has been on serious hiatus, but I think it needs to be brought out for this! Pinned.

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    Amy Peden — August 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Could this possibly be a freezer meal?

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    Samantha — August 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Do you think that I could substitute chicken breasts for thighs? Chicken breasts are massively on sale at my grocery store this week and I’d love to make this!

    • Tessa replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 12:52 pm


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    Jenna — November 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What do you mean by ‘replace the lid’?

  12. #
    Catherine — November 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe out! Hope my kids will like it too.

    This is the funniest thing I have seen recently:

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    Tami — November 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Tessa – Made this dish for dinner tonite. It is excellent!

    • Tessa replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for your comment :)

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    Jillian — December 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    How do you get the sauce to thicken? My sauce was quite runny even after following the recipe to a T. I probably needed more cornstarch but was too hungry to try to thicken it some more!

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    Jennifer — January 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I made this yesterday using chicken breasts instead of thighs just because that’s what i had on hand. It was delicious! I was feeding 7 people, so i increased everything by 50%. Right before I was ready to serve it, I sauteed 2 giant heads of broccoli til just tender-crisp, then mixed it all together and topped with the sesame seeds and scallions.

    It’s hard to find recipes that the adults and all 5 kids ages 2 to 24 ALL LIKE. But everyone loved this! Will definitely use the thighs next time.

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    Amy — August 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    This is a delicious meal! It was so easy too.

    Wondering what your thoughts are on turning this into a freezer meal. Would you suggest freezing the mixture before cooking (except for the thickening part) or after?

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    Paul Boucher — April 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    GREAT find! It was the kids and I tonight, so dad got to put on the chef hat and daughter helped make this. Outstanding taste, nice but of heat. Loved by all.

    • Tessa replied: — April 26th, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

      Fantastic Paul! So glad you and the kids enjoyed :)

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