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crockpot honey sesame chicken

Crockpot honey sesame chicken is easy to make and even more delicious!

Slow cooker honey sesame chicken is so easy to make! Skip that take-out!


“Bourbon chicken? Bourbon chicken? Sample?”

crockpot sesame chicken

You know those food court Chinese places that you pass in the mall that shove chicken on a toothpick in your face and practically force you try it even if it’s like 10am.

Update: 7/24/2012: Yes, you may use boneless, skinless, chicken breasts instead of thighs.

I won’t lie, it’s hard to refuse something like that. It just smells and tastes so good, even if it is early in the morning.

However, it’s not “real” Chinese food and I don’t like that they broadcast it like it is. Hey, I’m a tad bit bias.

Anyway, enough of my hating because we all know how obsessed I am with that stuff and as far from Chinese as it may be, I still get it whenever I go to Panda Express or am grabbing a quick bite at the food court. But now that there’s a way to make it in the crockpot (and believe me, it makes your entire house smell so fantastic), I don’t think I’ll be getting it anymore at a food court. It’s SO easy to make. It’s like 9 simple ingredients that you already have at home & you throw into a crockpot and wait 3 hours and you have food court style food at home.

crockpot honey sesame chicken
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 5
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of honey
  • ½ cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Place the chicken thighs in the crockpot insert and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine well. Pour over the chicken in the crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1½-2½ hours.
  4. When done, remove chicken from stock pot and cut into chunks. Prior to putting the chicken back in the stockpot, combine some cornstarch in water and whisk it into the crockpot to thicken up the sauce a bit (if the sauce doesn't thicken, it's ok - the liquid probably isn't hot enough to thicken it to the right consistency. It's ok if the sauce is more on the liquid side.) Throw the chicken back in and stir around to recoat the chicken in the sauce.
  5. Serve hot over a bed of white rice (optional) and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.


  1. 02/07/2015 at 4:25 pm

    Just Found Your Wonderful Blog Clicking Away through Pinterest…I am just about to Jump onto the Crock Pot Bandwagon but have No Clue which to Purchase…Any Suggestions/Guidance would be Greatly Appreciated…Can’t Wait to Try Out Your Recipes!!!

    Thanks So Much!!!
    Cecily :)

    • Julie
      02/08/2015 at 7:56 am

      So glad you found my blog through Pinterest! Enjoy the recipes!

  2. Elyse S.
    03/04/2015 at 8:48 pm

    My family absolutely loves this recipe! I fix a big batch of stir fry vegetables and some rice and there are never any leftovers. <3

  3. Amy
    04/09/2015 at 5:50 am

    I’ve got your recipe simmering away right now in the crockpot and you’re right, the whole house smells amazing. I also added broccoli and red bell pepper for some color. Can’t wait to try it! :)

  4. Lecoultre
    06/01/2015 at 4:07 am

    Hi ! I’ve tried yesterday your “Take-out, Fake-Out: Beef & Brocoli (crockpot)” recipe. It was good, but as I don’t have a Crockpot, I’ve done it in the oven in a big pot. But I’m not sure it turned out like it should… because I didn’t know at which temperature I should cook the beef ! And I want to try once this chicken recipe… Is it actually possible to do those recipes in the oven ? At which temperature ?

    • Julie
      06/01/2015 at 7:13 am

      I’ve honestly never done them in the oven before. I would think maybe at a low temperature, like 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and maybe 2-3 hours?

  5. Kapi
    08/29/2015 at 5:28 pm

    Hello!! I came across your recipe while searching for chicken thigh recipes in the crock pot. This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it, 1 question though ( I did read over comments and didn’t notice this asked/answered) but if I did overlook it I apologize. What size Crock pot did you prepare this in? I only have a 4 qt and am hoping and wondering if it will fit. Thank you in advance!

    • Julie
      08/29/2015 at 8:39 pm

      It’ll definitely fit :) mine’s a 4 quart as well.

      • Kapi
        08/30/2015 at 5:14 pm

        Thank you for such a quick response! I made this tonight and it was soooo yummy! A definite hit! Hubby loved it and so did my super duper picky 18 month old son! Thank you for sharing 😀 I will be giving your beef with broccoli a try next because that has me drooling 👍

  6. Meg
    09/20/2015 at 5:20 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it was a huge hit!! I got my sauce to thicken up nicely, maybe a tad bit too thick because I was heavy on the cornstarch. lol It was absolutely delicious!! Both my husband and I loved it! Thank you for this recipe!!

  7. 10/15/2015 at 2:57 am

    Thanks for posting. It is very nice blog regarding this recipes. I love your recipes. Thanks again.

  8. Mackenzie
    10/19/2015 at 9:57 pm

    Have you or know anyone who has made this recipe with chicken breast rather than thighs?

    • Julie
      10/20/2015 at 9:56 pm

      No, but breasts will work…just keep in mind it may be a drier dish since chicken breasts aren’t as moist.

  9. Sarah
    11/22/2015 at 1:11 pm

    Hey I am a total novice crockpot cooker ( just taken out of the package from Amazon this morning.) This looks like the perfectly delicious first shot at the slow cook life! I was wondering how you might adapt your recipe for a two person crock pot, about 2-2.5 qt? Also, to clarify, you do put the chicken in raw, right? Thanks for putting this out there. I am very inspired by your blog!

    • Julie
      11/22/2015 at 7:31 pm

      You could divide the recipe in half. And yes, chicken goes in raw. Hope that helps!

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