April 10, 2019

Slow cooker honey sesame ginger chicken

This tender chicken is sweet, savory, and has a touch of warmth from ginger and the best part is it cooks up easily in the slow cooker until it is falling apart. I love slow cooker dishes and have decided to make more of them to share this year. I usually serve this honey sesame ginger chicken with rice and a side of quickly stir-fried sugar snap peas and carrots. This meal has become a favorite around our house since I started toying around with the recipe and flavors. I love the combination of honey and ginger and the other Asian flavors combine to create a delicious sauce. Since I'm feeding toddlers, I keep the heat low and serve up extra Sriracha on the side for the adults. My toddlers also really like to put "sprinkles" on top (the sesame seeds) and we let them add some to their plates to make it more fun and hopefully encourage them to try out the chicken. I'm always looking for ways to get them more involved and excited about food and to try to raise adventurous eaters. This recipe will feed about four to five people with sides depending on age and hunger level.

Slow cooker honey sesame ginger chicken
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup soy sauce (I like low sodium)
1/3 cup honey
1 heaped tablespoon cornstarch
1 heaped tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
Sriracha, to taste, optional
2 green onions, thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
sesame seeds, for topping
1 cup white rice, cooked to package directions

Place the chicken in the slow cooker.

In a large bowl or large glass measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce through white pepper. Stir in Sriracha, if using - I use about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon and then let those who want it hotter add their own to their plates. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Add the white and light green portions of the green onions.

Cook on high for about 5 hours, until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve with rice and top with sesame seeds and the reserved green onion tops. Also serve with extra Sriracha, if desired.


  1. Love shredded-style chicken in the slow cooker! I usually do a BBQ-style, but really like what you've done here. Thanks!

  2. I have never thought of using slow cooker to make sesame chicken. It looks so delicious and reminds me of my favourite pulled chicken.

  3. Dear Amy, another amazingly flavorful recipe made in a Slow Cooker - the flavors here sound wonderful together! Who doesn't enjoy honey, sesame, ginger and chicken in a dish?! I most certainly do!

  4. delicious! i get so tired of plain ol' chicken barbecue and this definitely spices things up!


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