Slow-Cooked Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow-Cooked Honey Sesame Chicken

Weather: 25 degrees and a lovely pink sunrise for Valentine’s Day
What I’m listening to: Jason Mraz

I have for you today one sweet, tangy, chopstick-licking bowl of honey sesame love… made in the slow-cooker! How great is that?  Easy schmeasy and a great way to add a little Asian flare to your dinner repertoire without having to order take-out. And, in case you’ve forgotten, I’m a huge chopstick fan. Asian food just doesn’t taste as good with a fork. True story. So, this is my appeal to you to spend some time with chopsticks. They’re sure to add a little adventure to your life.

All you do is put some boneless skinless chicken in the bottom of a slow-cooker, mix up a perky sauce, and pour it over top. And then you get to walk away, for several precious hours. Enjoy them -take a nap, read a book, go for a walk. Then, return to an amazing soy-laden, garlicky-sweet scent oozing into every corner of your house. Quick note: when I made the original recipe, I found it a little too sweet, so I reduced the honey in the recipe by 1/4c for you, my lovelies. Feel free to adjust it more to your liking.

Slow-Cooked Honey Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Slow Cooked Honey Sesame Chicken

Adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff

Ingredients

  • 8-10 chicken breast tenderloins or 4-5 chicken breast halves (thighs would also be tasty, or a combo of light and dark meat)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4c honey
  • 1/2c soy sauce
  • 1/4c ketchup
  • 2T canola oil
  • 1/2c diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4t red pepper flakes
  • 2T cornstarch dissolved in 6T COLD water
  • Sesame seeds (I used about 1T)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in the bottom of the slow-cooker (frozen chicken is ok). Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, mix honey, soy, ketchup, oil, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set slow-cooker to low and cook, covered, for 3-4 hours (until chicken is cooked through and fork-tender).
  3. Remove chicken from pot and set on cutting board. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and cold water. Whisk into pot with sauce. Change temperature to high and cook until sauce thickens. When sauce is thicker, return chicken to pot and warm through.
  5. Sprinkle a generous amount of sesame seeds over chicken. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Notes

If you like it spicy, sprinkle more red pepper flakes over the top when serving.

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13 comments
Erin McCoy
Erin McCoy

Did this tonight with stir fry veggies- hardly any leftovers, and so easy! Definitely going in my rotation.

Carol
Carol

Hey im confused did you use 2/4ths cup of honey of the amt listed? Ps Love to read your blog makes me feel connected to you and jason :)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Sorry for the confusion! 3/4c honey as I wrote it in the recipe. The original recipe called for 1 full cup and I adapted it. hope this helps.

Dean Winchester
Dean Winchester

Ugh, this was seriously so good. I didn't have time for the slow-cooker version since I just found this recipe two hours ago, but I adapted it to the stove top and it worked well. Though I added crushed pineapple and chopped cashews as well.

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

So glad you enjoyed it! And thanks so much for letting us know it works well on the stovetop, too. Thanks for stopping in. Come back soon.

julia
julia

That dish was wonderful! We ate every bite. Julia

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Yippeee! So glad you and your family enjoyed it. Thanks for letting us know. :-)

audrajoy
audrajoy

Trent and I loved this recipe. It's on my top list for my weekly crock pot dinner. So yummy! Chicken was nice and MOIST.

Joye Hampton
Joye Hampton

Hello...I just wanted to tell you that my sister and I live for your blog! We love looking through the new recipes and have even tried a few. I also love that you post the weather up there! It makes me feel like I am there...sort of :) Thanks for your awesome blog! Us "summer alaskans" love it! Joye Hampton Jill Deakins (favorite nieces of Jan and Vern Kornstad)

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Joye and Jill, Great to hear from you both! And I'm cracking up at the "favorite nieces!" LOL. Before we know it, it'll be fishing season again! Thank you for the encouraging words. Maya

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