Sweet Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Recipe

A healthier version of your favorite take-out dish that the kids will LOVE. 
 
A healthier version of your favorite take-out
 
 

I’ve ordered sesame chicken many times from our local Chinese restaurant,  but I never dreamed it would be THIS EASY to create myself. I love that I have control of what goes into my favorite take-out treat, so I don’t feel bad going back for seconds.

Not only is this version healthier and cheaper than take-out, the kids LOVED it too! Does a recipe get much better? I think not!

Hope you enjoy this Sweet Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken recipe!

 

 

Here is what you need: Serves 4-6

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds
{adapted from BabyCenter}

 

 

1. Start by seasoning chicken lightly with salt and pepper and place into crock pot.

 

2. In a bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.

 

3. Pour over chicken.

 

 4. Cook on LOW for 4  hours or on HIGH 2  hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.

 5. Remove chicken from crock pot with a slotted spoon, leaving sauce behind.

 

6. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.

Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on HIGH for ten more minutes until the sauce has thickened.

 

7. Shred chicken with two forks and then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.

 

8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice, quinoa, noodles or MY favorite, spinach!

 

 

Have a picky eat at home? Give this trick a try!
I let the girls sprinkle the sesame seeds on their own servings. I called them sprinkles…..which they thought was the coolest and made them want to try the new food even MORE!

 

 
 
4.3 from 16 reviews
Sweet Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Start by seasoning chicken lightly with salt and pepper and place into crock pot.
  2. In a bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.
  3. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cook on LOW for 4 hours or on HIGH 2 hours,
  5. or just until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove chicken from crock pot with a slotted spoon, leaving sauce behind.
  7. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.
  8. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on HIGH for ten more minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Shred chicken with two forks and then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice, quinoa, noodles or MY favorite, spinach!
 
 
 
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XO
Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

  1. This looks delicious!! I need to try it :)

  2. This looks amazing! My husband LOVES sesame chicken…I’ve never thought about making it myself! It’s officially on my list!

  3. AMAZING. So good. My 9 m. old had pieces of the shredded chicken before we put it back in the sauce. Yey! I served it with rice and broccoli. Loved it.

  4. This is my favorite take out dish ! I just finished putting it all together….. 4 hours and we shall see if golden dragon loses my business.

    • Hahaha! Well, it might not be as good as Golden Dragon’s, but it will be pretty darn close and MUCH more healthy :) I hope you loved it Rhonda! XO

  5. The smell of your sesame chicken is making everyone hungry.

  6. Can I cut up the chicken prior to putting it in the slow cooker?

    • Sure! That might reduce your cooking time by a little bit, since the chicken will cook more quickly as little pieces. Hope you enjoy! XO

  7. I have wanted to make this and today is the day. I love this as a take out. Instead of olive oil and I am going to use coconut oil. Also, instead of shredding the chicken is it okay to just cut it in pieces? Thanks.

  8. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious!! My husband and my son both loved it. I will be making this again , and adding it to my recipes. Thank you for sharing. :)

  9. Made this tonight…my husband complimented dinner at least 10 times! haha My daughter liked it too but said it was a bit sweet. I really liked it too and being that it’s so easy to make is a huge plus! ;) I served over brown rice with steamed broccoli. Will defn make again! Thanks for the recipe!!

  10. I saw a freezer version of this where they cut up the chicken, coated it in flour and bagged it. They then bagged all the sauce ingredients and froze both bags. The day of serving they dump both bags in the crockpot and cook. That sauce recipe didn’t have honey or ketchup. Do you think your sauce would freeze the same? I think I would like your sauce better but need to prepare it as a freezer meal. :)

  11. Has anyone made this recipe with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store? If so, how did it turn out?

  12. i Always Buy The Bags Of Frozen Chicken Breasts, Do You Think Those Would Work Or Should I Thaw First?

  13. I made this the recipe this weekend and it was delicious and easy!! Love that!! It was perfect because we were painting my youngest son’s room all day and when we walked out…dinner was done! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Could I use arrowroot instead of cornstarch in the recipe? I’ve made this before and it was yummy!

  15. Susan S. says:

    SO dry. Not sure why it should cook so long. The chicken developed on one side a thick armadillo type skin and even the thick sauce tasted burned. Sorry! Really was looking forward to an authentic unburned meal as the maiden recipe on my new crockpot.

    • Sorry about that Susan. Some crockpots do run hotter than others. That might have been the case here.

  16. Best thing to EVER come out of my crockpot! Any idea of the calorie count?

  17. This is so easy to make and tastes so delish! It takes me forever to cook so this was a breeze. My lil helper and I had a miscommunication about how much soy sauce so I had to add a little bit more starch lol but it was still delish! Thank you!

  18. I have a 15 lb bottle of honey my grandmother gave me, I was so excited to be able to put some of it to good use!

    We like dark meat so I used thighs instead of breasts. I also had some sesame oil so I used that instead of the olive oil. I let the chicken marinade in the sauce all night before turning the crock pot on and then added some frozen broccoli to it while cooking and served it over sticky rice.

    Turned out lovely! I will make it again for sure.

  19. Kathy Fabanich says:

    Hi, these look delicious but for a working mom who leaves the house at 7:30am, how do I ony cook on low for 4 hrs? Can I leave the cockpot sit out on a timer? Is this safe for the chicen?

    • I know! I have the same problem with Crock Pots – I’m usually gone from the house for about 8 hours and the cooking times are always shorter than that :(. I know some have timers, but it’s never safe to leave uncooked meat sitting out at room temperature for a few hours, so I’m not sure what to do!

    • I was just thinking about this last night! My crockpot has a timer in the sense that you can set it to start cooking and turn itself off in 4 hours (or 5 hours, or whatever), but it does NOT have a setting that it will start cooking in 2 hours, so that the food is just finishing when I get home.

      So, what I considered is that I could start the cooking when I leave and set the timer to turn off after 4-5 hours (whatever the time is). At least then it would just be a matter of heating the food up when I get home. It seems preferable to having uncooked meat sitting at room temperature for hours, anyways. It might not work with all recipes, but then again I feel like most crock pot foods reheat really well.

      Corey – can you weigh in on this? Thanks!

      • How long will it be sitting out after cooking?

      • What I do (as I’m gone from the house almost 10 hours on workdays) is I cook everything on the weekend, and then just set it in the crockpot to warm up and keep warm. It has worked really well with almost every recipe I’ve done. I’m new to your site and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes :)

    • My crockpot only has four settings – 4-6 HIGH or 8 – 10 LOW. I don’t have one with a timer to shut of automatically after a certain time. What setting do you suggest that won’t dry it out? I work from home so I can turn it off? Should I put it on 4 HIGH but turn it off after 2 hours?

  20. I made this tonight and it was really good. I used frozen breast and did not thaw them first. Turned out great.

  21. Could you make this with beef? My husband adores Sesame Beef…

    • I haven’t yet, but I don’t see why not :) I would extend the cooking time a bit, as beef usually needs more time in the crockpot :)

  22. What did I do wrong? The sauce did not thicken. I didn’t have cornstarch, so I used flour? Is that why?

  23. This was so delicious! I had it with whole grain brown rice and broccoli!

  24. I just asked my 13-year-old to sample the sauce I poured on top of the chicken. He sat down with the bowl and a spoon and scraped as much as he could off the sides of the bowl.

    I have a feeling this will be a keeper.

  25. I just tried this recipe, and it was my first crockpot recipe ever! I was really exited! Everything went so good, looked and smelled delicious for the 4 hours it cooked! But sadly it tasted really bad, so sweet… Texture was super fine! Just too much flavor of…. I don’t know, everything. Really disapointed.

    • Sorry it wasn’t to your liking Laurie-Ann. I must say that is the first time some has said one of my recipes has too much flavor :)

  26. Hi Corey! This may be a silly question- I am a picky eater and I am trying to get better! I would love to try this recipe but I am wondering is there anything I can use in place of Ketchup?????

  27. Really easy and my broad age range of family all enjoyed it. We put shredded baby bok choy on the bottom, topped with rice noodles. I like more of a kick so adding hot pepper oil, more flakes or hot sauce individually could be a good option for some. Worth sharing:)

  28. Hmm..Great recipe flavor wise but my sauce never thickened and I can’t figure out why. I used 3 pretty big chicken breasts but they looked about the same at the bottom of the crock pot as yours. I did leave out the onions but I can’t imagine that causing a problem, any ideas? I did use cornstarch.

  29. This is lovely! I did a couple things different, though. I used white pepper, added a bit of chinese white vinegar, and doubled the red pepper flakes. It made it taste a bit more like takeaway :) Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Thank you so much for this! I am in college living on campus so easy meals are the best! I cook this at least once a week now! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  31. Made this today and it turned out very good. I made a couple of changes as I didn’t have catsup so used some of my homemade spaghetti sauce, used some dried onions, garlic powder and reduced the soy sauce. Cooked it on very low in my slow cooker, the chicken was juicy and it turned out very good. Definitely will be making again, might even add some water chestnuts next time! Sauce did not get really thick but was thick enough.

  32. I tried this tonight it was very good, I didn’t have any honey and as honey is very expensive here in peru. I used sugar water which tasted good too, one idea, has anyone tried to add ginger to it……..to see how it tastes? I was eating it is sweet enough, spicy enough, but I thought a touch of grated ginger would bring out the flavor of it.

  33. Hi, I am in the middle of making this dish and I was wondering if I can cook it longer, I didn’t realize how early it was when I started it but would it be okay after cooking it on low for 4 hours if I change the setting to warm and keep it in for a few extra hours or do you think it will be overcooked?
    Thank you :)

  34. Hello. I have a question. Can I replace honey for something else? Thanks!

  35. Love this recipe! I used only 1/4 honey and some brown sugar since I was short on honey and it was still amazing. Will definitely make again!

  36. Angela Armol says:

    This was good!! My husband made it Sunday morning while we were at church. We actually used breasts with rib meat, since it was MUCH cheaper this week at the grocery. The meat easily cut off the bone, and my family loved it. The whole house smelled delicious, too :) We will be making this again.

  37. I made this tonight, it was quite flavorfull..however I think it was too much sauce. The sauce didn’t thicken much more when I added the corn starch. Aside from that, this was a great dish. I put my crockpot up on high for 2 hours and the chicken was not dry at all it was actually pretty juciy! Thanks for the recipe!

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