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.
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.
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.
An Easy Crockpot Dinner
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. Easy and fast: my favorite kind of dinner!
It’s practically a dump-and-go. And 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).
How easy is this? Put your chicken breasts in the crockpot. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top. Whisk together a few ingredients. Pour sauce over the top. Walk away. Come back in 2 hours. Done.
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.
What to Serve With Honey Sesame Chicken
Okay fine, a chicken breast covered in sauce is probably not a whole dinner. How do we make this an actual servable dinner, but keep it fast and easy?
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 my favorite trick: microwave the rice! 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.
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!
Tips and Tricks for The Best Honey Sesame Chicken
- To keep this dinner gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce and hoisin sauce (Kikkoman makes both as gluten free, or use tamari soy sauce).
- If you prefer dark meat, substitute in boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The cook time will remain the same.
- Whisk the cornstarch into a small amount of sauce until all clumps dissolve, then pour back into the slow cooker. Adding the cornstarch directly into the slow cooker will result in a clumpy, grainy sauce.
- This is a perfect recipe for make ahead meal prep. Chicken, rice, and broccoli can be assembled into storage containers and kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.
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Recipe adapted from Playing House As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Nutrition information is for chicken and sauce and does not include broccoli or rice.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 58g
Recipe adapted from Playing House
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Nutrition information is for chicken and sauce and does not include broccoli or rice.