Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Sweet and spicy slow cooker honey sesame chicken – just toss it in the crockpot and walk away.  Add rice and steamed broccoli for an easy, hands off family friendly dinner.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

My crockpot is probably my most under-utilized small kitchen appliance. (Which is really a shame, since it’s so big!)

Not eating meat, combined with the fact that I’m usually not home from work 8-10 hours after I leave, means that I never really figured out what to do with it.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

I love to make pulled pork for weekend football parties (easy, hands off, feeds a crowd!).  But to date, that’s all I’ve ever made in it.  Which is really a shame (see above comment about size of said crockpot).

Fortunately, things have now changed.  My crockpot will now be a TWO trick pony: pulled pork and honey sesame chicken.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

When I saw this recipe for slow cooker honey sesame chicken pop up over on my friend Amy’s blog, Playing House, I immediately mentally filed it away for the future.

Unlike most crockpot recipes, which call for an 8-10 hour low cooking time, this one is only 2 hours on high (or 3-4 on low).

The short cooking time made it a perfect Tuesday night dinner for my husband.  I could set it up as soon as I returned home from work, and he could eat it a few hours later when we returned from our dog training class.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

Add in some rice and steamed gai lan or broccoli from our weekly CSA box, and it’s a quick, easy, dinner.  Make the rice ahead of time or use a microwave bag.  Don’t have fresh broccoli?  Keep a bag of frozen broccoli stashed away.

In fact, this is the perfect cook-from-the-pantry (well, freezer) type meal.  Some chicken breasts, frozen broccoli, and a scoop of rice.  All easy ingredients to keep on hand.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

In a few weeks, my husband is moving to Baltimore for fellowship.  I’ll be cooking on the weekends and sending him back with dinners for the week.

I know this will go into the rotation – easy, hands off cooking on the weekend, freezes well, and a great way to make sure he still eats some veggies!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken: an easy sweet and spicy chicken recipe made right in your crockpot. {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #slowcooker #crockpot #dinners #glutenfree

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hosin sauce
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Whisk together honey, soy sauce, hosin sauce, onion, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in a small bowl.  If necessary, microwave for 10 seconds to warm the honey enough to stir.  Pour sauce over the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2 hours, just until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken from crockpot, leaving the sauce behind.  Scoop out a few tablespoons of the sauce and stir in cornstarch until dissolved.  Stir to combine with remaining sauce in crockpot.  Replace lid and cook sauce on high for 15-20 more minutes until thickened.
  5. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, then return to the crockpot and mix with sauce before serving.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Serve with rice and steamed broccoli, pouring any excess sauce over the broccoli.

Sweet and spicy slow cooker honey sesame chicken – just toss it in the crockpot and walk away.

Recipe adapted from Playing House