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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 sesame chicken

crockpot honey sesame chicken

a delicious slow cooker meal that is just like the one you have at the mall food courts!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4
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  • 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 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds


  • Place the chicken thighs in the crockpot insert and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  • 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.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours.
  • 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.
  • Serve hot over a bed of white rice (optional) and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.



Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 550 kcal | Carbohydrates: 74 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 12 g | Sugar: 70 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: take out, fake out

Recipe Rating

Linda Westerfield

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I saved your recipe on pinterest when I went back there to get recipe someone had changed where it took me. I don't know if there is something to do to fix it. I thought you would like to know.

Julie Chiou

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Thanks Linda! Unfortunately it happens all the time and I wish I could do something about it. Pinterest is not very creator-friendly anymore :( it's just all spam from other websites.


Saturday 10th of April 2021

My husband and I love this! I add extra red pepper flakes for a little kick.


Friday 7th of February 2020

I love new crockpot recipes. I find they are great for big families where it is heard to fit enough in the pan at once. Just throw it in the slow cooker. I am pinning this honey bourbon chicken to try soon.

Patricia Suvino

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Wow! He really liked it!???. I will make this again!

Yvette Hepburn-Chisolm

Saturday 17th of March 2018

Where is the bourbon chicken recipe? I clicked the honey bourbon chicken recipe and it directed me to this one.


Saturday 17th of March 2018

It's the same recipe. I changed the name of it because people were bent out of shape it didn't have bourbon in it. I initially named it 'honey bourbon chicken' after what they call it at the mall food courts but since people made such a huge stink over the lack of bourbon, I changed the name b/c it's really what it is.