- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Chopped scallions, for garnish
Season both sides of the chicken with lightly with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, onion, tomato sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or on high 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through and tender.
Remove the chicken from slow cooker, leaving the sauce. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/3 cup of water and pour into the slow cooker. Add in the sesame oil. Stir to combine with the sauce. Replace the lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Shred the chicken into bite size pieces, then return to the pot and toss with the sauce before serving. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions and serve over rice or noodles.
GREAT find! It was the kids and I tonight, so dad got to put on the chef hat and daughter helped make this. Outstanding taste, nice but of heat. Loved by all.
Fantastic Paul! So glad you and the kids enjoyed 🙂
This is a delicious meal! It was so easy too.
Wondering what your thoughts are on turning this into a freezer meal. Would you suggest freezing the mixture before cooking (except for the thickening part) or after?
I made this yesterday using chicken breasts instead of thighs just because that’s what i had on hand. It was delicious! I was feeding 7 people, so i increased everything by 50%. Right before I was ready to serve it, I sauteed 2 giant heads of broccoli til just tender-crisp, then mixed it all together and topped with the sesame seeds and scallions.
It’s hard to find recipes that the adults and all 5 kids ages 2 to 24 ALL LIKE. But everyone loved this! Will definitely use the thighs next time.
How do you get the sauce to thicken? My sauce was quite runny even after following the recipe to a T. I probably needed more cornstarch but was too hungry to try to thicken it some more!
Tessa – Made this dish for dinner tonite. It is excellent!
Awesome! Thanks for your comment 🙂
Can’t wait to try this recipe out! Hope my kids will like it too.
This is the funniest thing I have seen recently:
What do you mean by ‘replace the lid’?
Do you think that I could substitute chicken breasts for thighs? Chicken breasts are massively on sale at my grocery store this week and I’d love to make this!
Could this possibly be a freezer meal?
This sounds delicious! My crock pot has been on serious hiatus, but I think it needs to be brought out for this! Pinned.
I love honey sesame chicken! I need to dig out my crock pot and give this a try!
I made this exactly as described with no tweaks or substitutions. I had all of the ingredients on hand except the sesame oil and of course the main ingredient chicken thighs. After quick trip to the supermarket I was ready to cook! Actually, not much cooking skill is involved. Chop some onion and throw most of the ingredients into a crock pot.
I cheated a little on the rice. I bought some “heat and serve” Jasmine rice. It saves another pot to clean.
The result was excellent. The balance of flavors is brilliant. If I bought this in a restaurant I would b e complimenting the chef.
Keep up the good work! This is a five star recipe.
I’m so thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the comment.
Um YUM! I want to eat this all.
I really need a slow cooker in my life!! This looks amazingly delish!
And response to your request for funny videos, I sure hope you’ve seen “Odin Eating Like a Person” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ri5cszSKEg
Oh my god that is so weird! The guy laughing is the best part!
I love the blog “what should we call me”. It has daily posts that I watch at work and laugh out loud only to remember I am at work. I love your recipe – I will probably try it and put it over some of my sesame soba noodles!
Thanks for sharing – I’m loving that blog!
I love honey sesame chicken. What a great recipe and perfect for summer parties!