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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

You know how when you go out of town for a long weekend, then drive back to your house and then feel like doing absolutely nothing? Yeah, that was me yesterday after we finally got home last night. I wanted to put on jammies, order in, and relax. But nooo, we had to go to the grocery store (which you know I do not enjoy) because we had no food in the house, and worst of all, it was dinner time. Oh Lordy. The grocery store was out of control. We could barely find a place to park. There were people everywhere. And the produce section was wiped clean. Couldn’t get green onion, couldn’t get cilantro, couldn’t get good strawberries. WHY?! It’s like there is really nothing to do in this town except go to the grocery store.

And after a long day at work today, another slow cooker recipe was definitely in order. Hubs loves to order Chinese, but I don’t like to order it very often as it is not the healthiest thing to order. I’ve been wanting to try some new Chinese recipes that I can make at home. I love sesame chicken and I love honey chicken. What better idea than to combine the two?! This version skips the heavy breading and you can tweak the sauce to meet your needs. I used a little honey, low sodium soy sauce, and reduced sugar ketchup. Serve this chicken over rice, quinoa, noodles, and/or veggies!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup honey (1/2 cup for sweeter sauce)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs. ketchup
  • 2 tbs. diced white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. sesame oil
  • 1 tbs. canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch dissolved in water (2 tbs. for thicker sauce)
  • salt and pepper
  • sesame seeds


  1. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place into the slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, oils, ketchup, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Cook the chicken on high for approximately 1 1/2 hours on high or 3 hours on low.
  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Pour the cornstarch dissolved in water into the sauce. Stir, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Place the chicken back into the slow cooker and stir into the sauce to coat. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve over rice, noodles, and/or steamed veggies. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with some sesame seeds.

Recipe Adapted from The BabyCenter Blog

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken


30 Responses to “Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken”

  1. #
    Ridwan — April 11, 2012 at 3:27 am

    What a great idea to cook chinese food in slow cooker,this honey sesame chicken recipe is healthier too,,,YuM !!

  2. #
    movita beaucoup — April 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Holy crow! This sounds awesome – and your photos are divine…

  3. #
    Kiri W. — April 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Mmm, looks beautiful! I wish I had a slow cooker, there seem to be such a variety of beautiful meals to make, and half of them don’t looks soggy, as I always feared. :) Beautiful recipe!

  4. #
    Baker Street — April 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Cooking chinese food in slow cooker is just genius. This recipe is surely a keeper.

  5. #
    Jen — April 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Mmm. Delicious! :-)

  6. #
    Tina@flourtrader — April 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Sesame chicken is one of my favorites, In fact the bottle of sesame oil is hard to keep around. The slow cooker method I am sure makes the chicken very tender. No doubt this was a tasty meal. Well done!

  7. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Wow. I love that you made it in a crockpot. It looks so tasty.

  8. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 11, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I LOVE going to the grocery store – it’s actually my favorite place to shop. I would take groceries over shoes or Target or just about anything else. I just wish someone else would carry in the groceries!

  9. #
    Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriff — April 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I HATE crowded grocery stores – so very, very annoying and overwhelming! I try to go during “off” hours, like late Saturday night or during the day during the week when I’m off of work for the summer. But CONGRATS to you for going out and doing it – I would have opted for the jammies!

  10. #
    julia — April 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This recipe was good.Slow cooker was a great idea.I’ll try this one if I can make it.

  11. #
    Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking — April 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Oh Stephanie, this looks absolutely deliciously mouth watering. In fact, I’m sat here dribbling wishing that it was right here in front of me to devour. Pity we can’t send food through the internet, I’d definitely order this right now if we could, lol.

  12. #
    Kaitlin — April 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I can never have too many slow cooker recipes and this one sounds amazing! My slow cooker recipes are usually some type of tough meat or a stew so I am so excited to find this one!

  13. #
    Janet@FCTC — April 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh, what a perfect week night “I have no interest in cooking” sort of a meal. I think I love you, Steph.

  14. #
    Cassie — April 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Slow-cooker take out re-dos are the best. I love the flavors here, Steph!

  15. #
    Cucina49 — April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I hate going to the store at dinnertime, but what a fabulous dinner you made!

  16. #
    Susie — April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I love slow cooker recipes…. this one looks fantastic.

  17. #
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — April 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I love the grocery store, but going around a holiday sometimes feels like a suicide mission. Oy!

  18. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I hate the grocery store when it is busy. Seriously?! How can all those people need to go to the store at the same time, and park their cart in the middle of the aisle. Sorry, off topic.
    Love a good crock pot meal! This sounds like a great healthy make at home chinese meal!

  19. #
    Ramona — April 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Perfect slow cooker dish!! I agree… as much as I love Chinese take out… it’s so bad for you when you actually see the oil collecting at the sides of the dish. Eeek! This is wonderful! PS…. I wouldn’t mind if my store was out of cilantro… you know how much I “love” it. Eeek! LOL! But it’s not civil if you can’t get hold of some green onions. Great job on the chicken and sticking to healthy eating. :)

  20. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — April 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    There is nothing better than coming home to a ready dinner. Yum!

  21. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    That’s the worst part of going out of town – there’s no food in the fridge when you get back! And then you have to drag your exhausted self to the most chaotic grocery store! Anyway, I’m loving this chicken. Sesame chicken was one of my favorite Chinese dishes growing up. Can’t wait to recreate this!

  22. #
    Alyssa — April 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

    You know I love me some slow cooker recipes. This looks great! I am totally going to make this, my kids would love this!

  23. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve always tried to push myself into making Asian meals at home but have halted because the ingredients list looked somewhat intimidating. Not in your recipe, though! This all looks so simple but absolutely scrumptious. Definitely going to try it soon. Thanks, Stephanie!

  24. #
    Cheryl and Adam @ — April 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    We live so far away from good Chinese take out it’s tragic because it’s just about the perfect food when we don;t feel like cooking and health concerns be damned. We’ve developed some of our favorites for making at home when we do want Chinese, but have had to resort to pizza for the “tired” nights. In truth we enjoy homemade Chinese even more with brown rice no msg and healthier ingredients, so it’s a win, really. Great to see your recipe because we’re always on the look out for more homemade Chinese.

  25. #
    Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking — April 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I know I commented on here last night so apologise for flooding your blog up, lol. But……. :)

    As a new subscriber who has recently found your blog, I think you have a great blog and therefore I’ve just awarded you and your fantastico blog with the Versatile Blogger Award.

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  26. #
    Kim Bee — April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I love this chicken. It’s absolutely drool worthy. I must pin this.

  27. #
    Britne @ Shabbott's Habits — April 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Aren’t slow cooker recipes just the best? I love that I can put something together before work and have it ready when I get home. Must give this a try.

  28. #
    CJ at Food Stories — April 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I love sesame and chicken and slow cookers … I bet this was great!


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