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

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken