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.

a green bowl filled with slow cooker sesame honey chicken, bright green broccoli, and rice

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.

two chicken breasts in a slow cooker

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.

cubes of chicken breast in a slow cooker covered with sauce

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.

two decorative bowls filled with chicken, broccoli, and rice covered with sesame seeds

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.

a green bowl filled with cubes of chicken in a honey sesame sauce and steamed broccoli

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!

chopsticks holding a bite sized cube of chicken breast covered with sesame seeds

Tips and Tricks for The Best Honey Sesame Chicken

  1. 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).
  2. If you prefer dark meat, substitute in boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  The cook time will remain the same.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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


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


  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. If sauce is not thick enough, cook an additional 5 minutes with the lid off.
  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.


  1. Ensure all ingredients (soy sauce, hoisin sauce) are gluten free if preparing for a gluten free household (Kikkoman makes both gluten free soy sauce and hoisin sauce).
  2. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used instead of chicken breasts. The cook time remains the asme.
  3. For meal prep, combine chicken and sauce, rice, and steamed broccoli in storage containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.

Recipe adapted from Playing House

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 58g

Nutrition information is for chicken and sauce and does not include broccoli or rice.

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