Sesame Chicken for Slow Cooker
On busy crazy days, it is soooo nice to come home to this. Serve over rice.
On busy crazy days, it is soooo nice to come home to this. Serve over rice.
This recipe should be outlawed in every kitchen. OMG, I drank the leftover juices from the crock pot like it was soup. The second time I made it, I added vegetables to it, the possibilities of this recipe are endless. Thank you so much.
This was a nice dish. I did cut back on the honey by half and it was fine for me.. personal preference. I dont have dried onions so I used some fresh. Added red peppers and broccoli to finished dish. One thing, thickening the sauce in the crockpot didnt work.. never thickened for me so I did this on stovetop
I read the reviews and made some adjustments. We're not into "sweet" these days, so I cut the honey in half (personal taste preference). I cooked on low, checked the crockpot at 2 hours, the chicken was cooked and tender, so I removed it from the crockpot and proceeded with thickening the sauce. The sauce was not thickened after 20 minutes, so I added a bit more cornstarch and finished it on the stovetop. I also added a little crushed red pepper flakes and a good squeeze of Sriracha sauce to kick up the heat just a bit. Finally, quickly sautéed some veggies and stirred in at the end. I'm not a huge fan of crock pot cooking, but this turned out pretty well, it certainly is easy, and keeps me out of the kitchen on this hot summer day.
A definite keeper!!!! Very easy to do and had all the ingredients at home! Followed the recipe pretty much as as written (changes were--->a little extra onion flakes, garlic powder and little less soy sauce). Husband, 21 year old son and myself loved it!!! None of us thought it was too sweet; as an onion lover, I think I'll put a bit more onion in next time. Chicken cooked in ~3 hours in my crock pot; sauce thickened up in about 5 minutes.
We liked this! For the sauce I did 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup + 2 tbls soy sauce, 1/4 cup ketchup & 1 tsp garlic powder. I used fresh diced onion and diced chicken breast. Cooked sauce, onion & chicken on high for 40 min then added 1 1/2 lb frozen broccoli for about 30 min and served over hot cooked white rice. The sauce was a little thin so next time I will thicken it but This ones a keeper! ??
This was not a favorite for our family. At the end of the cooking time, I tasted the sauce and it was...sweet. But nothing else. There was no depth of flavor, nothing interesting, and it was not delicious. Also, the chicken tasted dry.
This was very easy to put together and my kids devoured it but for my husband and myself it was only ok. In my opinion it was too sweet. I did sub fresh onion for dried minced onion. Cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker. Personally mine cooks hot and was done faster than the 3-4 hours on low. I had no issues with the sauce thickening in the crockpot.
I love this recipe! I did find it a little too bland the first time that I made it, so I added less than a scant tablespoon of Chinese chili paste to it at the end, when I added the cornstarch and water. It really kicked it up a notch, and now it's perfect! It's now a "go-to" comfort food in my house. Going to make it again tomorrow.
made this on my sons ski night as i wouldnt have much time to prepare anything when we got home :) when we walked in the house it smelled great! i made a few additions and alterations to our personal taste. i added the cornstarch directly to the honey mixture and lightly coated chicken thighs also with cornstarch. i used some garlic powder, just a teaspoon, i halved the honey per other reviewers suggestions and im glad i did because it wasnt too sweet. i added some red pepper flakes and some sliced green bell pepper along with a diced onion and lots of minced garlic. finally i added a dollop of dijion mustard to help cut down on the sweetness as well and used the soy sauce too! served it ontop of jasmati rice and what a treat. i may add some broccoli next time to make it a complete meal or maybe some fresh mushrooms if i have some since its a common stapple in my house. thankyou for this great recipe! will certainly make this again and again!
Easy to put together and uses common pantry items I always have on hand. I served it over Uncle Ben's jasmine rice which cooked in 10 minutes. An easy and short night in the kitchen!
Just made this tonight. I made a few variations for personal taste preference. I used almost a half cup of honey, added 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and cooked the recommended time. The chicken was a little dry but overall good. When we thickened up the sauce, we also had to move it to the stove top and my hubby added about an 1/8 cup brown sugar to make a sweet and spicy sauce. We ate it all, no leftovers tonight!!!
Dinner time snuck up on me today.. And I missed the chance to get my chicken in the slow cooker. Had my heart set on making this so made it on the stove top. I sliced my chicken breasts into thin strips and sautéed them till almost cooked in olive oil. I added 2 shallots diced and the wet mixture which I added 2 large cloves of garlic to minced (instead of the powder). After reading reviews I cut back on the honey to 1/4 cup (figured I could add more after tasting if need be.. But didn't need or want to). I let this simmer covered on low for about 5 minutes.. And then uncovered and turned off stove to let thicken. Since I didn't use a slow cooker I decided it didn't need the cornstarch since not really much liquid accumulated during the quick cooking. Im not one to enjoy a sweeter chicken dish, but this was a nice change. I'm glad I cut back on the honey.. As I can see how that would be just too sweet and one noted. Use sodium reduced soy sauce. I'll make this again maybe adding some red pepper flakes for a nice bite. Also next time I'll be sure to garnish with sesame seeds. :)
This is easy to put together and quite tasty. My slow cooker must run hotter, because this was done much sooner than I anticipated leaving the chicken a little dry so I would watch the timing. Unfortunately, I forgot to add the sesame.
Nice honey chicken recipe! My 8 year old ate it and she's picky about chicken. We ate this with soy sauce noodles. Edit: I've made this in the skillet too!
Made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious! Even my pickiest eater liked it and that is saying something!! Super easy to make. I did decrease the brown sugar a bit but other than that I followed the directions as written. I served it over Basmati rice and it was a hit!
Easy and my family inhaled it all! Very good.
Big hit with my family. I used a mixture of chicken breast and thighs for more flavor. Cut the honey back to 1/3 c. Used sesame oil instead of vegetable oil. Added a dash of crushed red pepper for zip. Sauteed carrots, celery, red bell pepper and mushrooms and stirred in when I returned the chicken to the sauce. Also, I toasted the sesame seeds for 3-4 minutes to improve flavor and color. My son liked it so well he asked for the recipe so he can make in his slow cooker at home.
Great recipe. Maybe it is because I have an old crook pot, but after 10 minutes on High, the sauce was not thickening at all. I just threw it in a pan on the stove top on medium and high and it was thick in a about 7 minutes.
My husband enjoyed it but, next time, I think I'll try LindaT's suggestion and reduce the honey by half. It was too sweet for me.
Quite tasty. Didn't use sesame seeds as do not care for. Served over rice. Will probably make again.
I read the reviews and agree that cooking a chicken breast in a slow cooker is over kill so when I read the review from someone who used boneless, skinless chicken thighs I paid attention and followed their tweaks. I tossed the cut up chicken in cornstarch and put the 2t of additional corn starch into the honey mixture. I halved the honey, added diced onion, used fresh minced garlic and found no need to thicken. My family loved it and it couldn't have been easier!
I followed the recipe to the letter...and ended up with a dish wreally did not like. The sauce tasted burnt and was too sweet. The chicken was dry and the smell of the dish was a real appetite-killer.
I used chicken thighs for this recipe which was good, because they didn't come out dry. However, that's about all I can say good about this recipe. It was in the Crockpot on low for four hours (because the chicken went in frozen), but after all that time the sugar in the honey had burned somewhat and made the sauce taste like sweet charcoal. Blech. (There is no way this stuff would survive on high heat.) It also was far too sweet, so I agree with those who cut back the honey by half. We put more soy sauce on at serving time, which helped it a bit, but unfortunately, there are a lot of leftovers that no one will be eating. I also agree with the reviewer who said the sauce had no depth of flavor. Other than the burned taste, this tasted like watered-down honey and nothing else. Not a keeper.
This works great for a busy errand day. My variations were slight. I put 3 chicken breasts in the crock pot on low. The sauce was pretty close to the recipe-- reduced honey to 1/3 cup, used 2 cloves fresh minced garlic vs garlic powder. I thickened it up in a skilllet on the range top since it seemed like the crock pot was not going to thicken it. Flavor was mild but you can use chili sauce or sriracha to spice it up.
I made recipe as is except added minced garlic to it also. Tasty but runny. Not enough cornstarch. I would change a few things....like dredge the chicken and maybe add veggies
This was the worst recipe I ever tried. I followed it precisely, except for reducing the amount of honey, and served it over rice. There's no way to put it nicely, so I'll simply say that it was awful. The sauce does not have a pleasant flavor AT ALL. I've never given such a low rating to a recipe, but this dish was inedible.
Only brown rice was left! Cooked it longer than the recipe said, about one and a half to two hours, which made the sauce thick and some of the chicken a little dry, but I had to work. Chicken soaked up flavor. Overall, a hit!
I will definitely make this again
Doubled up the recipe, but did not double up on the honey so it wouldn't be too sweet. Tasted really good! The sauce did not thicken so I will have to adjust the recipe next time. Added canned pineapple (along with the juice) and steamed broccoli which added more flavor. Next time will add carrots.
Quick and easy to throw together and was delicious!
I'd like to give this 3.5 stars but since that's not possible...it's 3. So...I made this with only a little less honey and everything else I did was as directed. It was very sweet with even just 1/3 cup honey. I like sweet stuff...but although this is "good" it definitely lacks something. I'll make it again but I would definitely doctor it more. Whoops, I did actually use fresh onion and garlic...but next time I might add orange rind and something else although I'm not yet sure what. It needs more tanginess. Ah, ginger. : )
Wereally didn't care for this.
Loved this recipe!! Only used 1/2 the amount of honey called for. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The sauce is so good I will double the amount next time! Will try it with pork chops next.
This has become our go-to when craving some Asian food. Super easy to throw together last minute and love being able to throw in the slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours. I would definitely suggest cooking on low 3-4 hours as when I cooked on high, the chicken became very dry and there wasn't as much flavour throughout.
I took another reviewers advice and tossed the diced chicken in a plastic bag with the cornstarch. The chicken cooked in 2 1/2 hours on low, but the sauce was still thin. I removed the chicken to a bowl and put a few spoonfuls of the sauce in a small bowl with an additional teaspoon of corn starch, mixed it around and poured it into the slow cooker. While stirring I let this cook for a couple of minutes to thicken then put the chicken back in. Very good.
I served this to friends and they raved about it! We also added mushrooms and red pepper flakes to taste. We took the advice of another reviewer and dredged the chicken in cornstarch before adding it to the crock pot and it turned out fine....no need to take chicken out and cook sauce on stove top. We thought we would add red pepper strips and broccoli next time and double the sauce.
1 very picky eater liked it. 1 picky eater thought it was too sweet. I thought it was easy to make and very good.
This was a good, basic recipe for sesame chicken. I added some cayenne for a little kick.
The sauce had a peculiar flavor to it and never thickened even after I left it on high for 20 minutes! It was very sweet and lacked anything remotely resembling the sauce accompanying sesame chicken. The chicken came out very, very dry (I cooked it on low for 2.5 hours). There was sadly no saving this dish.
The only change I made was to used fresh minced onion, because I was out of dried. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. My chicken was probably done in about 2 hours on low (I must have a powerful crockpot), but I let it cook until it reached the three hour mark. When I took it out, it admittedly did that half shredding thing that cooked chicken can do, but it was moist, and I was able to cut it into some semblance of "chunks". It did not affect the taste at all. Was gobbled up by teenagers and adults alike. Wouldn't change a thing. Thanks for a winning recipe!
I used sesame oil instead of reg oil. Delicious!!!!
This was delicious! No time to mess with the slow cooker, so I just cut the chicken into chunks and cooked it all on top the stove and it turned out great in about 30 minutes. I cut the honey down by half like others suggested and made double the amount of sauce. And I didn't remove the chicken, just added the cornstarch mixture into the whole batch. I'm lazy. Oh, and I sprinkled in a little ginger just because I like ginger, but it tasted really good without it too. I was somewhat reluctant to try this because I couldn't picture ketchup in sesame chicken, but the flavors were wonderful. It might be even better cooked slow. Next time I'll try it. Oh, and I used low sodium soy sauce.
This was delicious! I didn't think to do the crockpot in the morning. So I sliced and sautéed the chicken. Then I added the sauce and simmered. I removed the chicken, added the corn starch mixture and let the sauce thicken. I put the chicken back in and added some chopped green onion. So tasty!
4+ I used chopped onions, 1/3 c. honey and added chopped green pepper. It was very tasty!
I enjoyed this recipe; however, next time I'll likely cut back on the honey (it was slightly too sweet for my preference) and make the sauce a bit thicker.
It was all right, but I think there are better honey sesame chicken recipes out there, this one was very sweet and not much else. The chicken really takes on the taste of whatever brand honey you put in there.
We all really liked it. I did cut the honey in half, coated the chicken with cornstarch, added some carrots, and broccoli (the last 30 mins). Was pretty delish! Will definitely make it again!
Made this tonight and the family LOVED IT!!
The basis of this recipe was a big hit with my family. I did make the following edits: 1. Boneless chicken thighs (instead of breasts) 2. 1/4 cup honey (instead of 1/2 cup, as that sounded too sweet) 3. Minced 1/2 onion (instead of dried onion) 4. Minced 2 garlic cloves (instead of garlic powder) 5. In my slow cooker, it only took 2 hours on low, so watch your time.
No one in my family liked the flavor.
I got this recipe from your magazine, to which my sister subscribes, & followed it exactly. However, I can't, for the life of me, understand how this could be edible to anyone! The chicken was rubbery & tasted wooden (I used beautiful, fresh breasts) & the sauce was awful & bitter. We ended up throwing it away & going out for Thai food! The magazine recipe had you add the cornstsarch right at the beginning & the cook was 2 1/2 to 3 hours on High. I've made many successful dishes in our crockpot, mostly beef & pork, so we're very puzzled & disappointed! This was beyond HORRIBLE!!
I agree with many that noted the lack in favor depth. A bit too much ketchup flavor for our taste. I will not be making it again.
WE did not care for this dish. The taste of the sauce was just a little funky.
I will try it again, adding more ginger for extra zing, more veggies, brown sugar (and less of it), and stir fry rahter than use the slow cooker.
Underwhelming to say the least.
I thickened the sauce on the stovetop, because the slow-cooker wouldn't do it. The sauce didn't have any depth of flavor at all. The chicken itself was okay, but it was a little drier than I would have liked. The best part of the meal was the plain white rice that I cooked to go with it.
This was ok. Cooked too quickly in my slow cooker though and the meat was dry. I would also use less soy sauce.
Mine cooked on low for 4 hours and then the slow cooker switches to warm and it was very overcooked and dry. I really enjoyed the sauce though! Hubby only rated this a 2.
made it just as written. My kids hated it and would not eat it.
First time making, breast meat a bit dry. Next time used skinless boneless thighs..yum. they stand up to crock pot cooking so much better. I like to add fresh veg..peppers,onions,broccoli, garlic and celery. Makes a complete meal with rice. Good base recipe thanks poster.
I use lower sodium soy sauce. I also use brown sugar instead of honey. For more flavor, I add a chicken bouillon or tsp of granules. I also increase the garlic powder to 1 tsp or use 1 tbls minced garlic.
Great, easy meal. I added red pepper flakes at the beginning and chopped green onion at the end. I also used fresh crushed garlic instead of garlic powder. My family raved about it so this will be a regular at our house! Easy to throw together.
Took next to no effort to throw it all in the crockpot and Voila!! It was a hit!
I made this, with a few changes - cut honey in half, added pineapple tidbits and a tbsp of hot sauce to the sauce, then added sauteed mushrooms, red pepper and broccoli 10 minutes before serving. I should have added pineapple tidbits later, with the sauteed veggies to keep their firmness. Served on Jasmine rice and the four of us ate it all!! YUM!
I've made it twice and it is perfect! Wouldn't change a thing.
I really liked it, it was simple to make and savory. Personally, I'd like it to be just a bit more tangy, maybe I'll add orange zest next time I make it.
Wouldn't change a thing! Awesomely delicious!
LOVED this!!! So easy and delicious. Served with steamed broccoli one night and then simple salad with an asian dressing the next night. So good-treat yourself!
My entire family of seven loved it! We will definitely be making this one again.
This is a keeper recipe in our house. My husband and I were craving for sesame chicken, so I decided to try this one, with no changes, the only one was the addition of the starch to the chicken at the beginning and it was just perfect. Thank you for this awesome version!
I halved the honey because others said it was too sweet. Wish I hadn't, maybe there would have been some flavor then. It was very bland and I will not make again.
I did this stove top and it was great and very easy, i also cut the honey down by half and it was perfect! i do recommend coating the chicken in corn startch it helped the sauce thicken alot faster!
Tasty dsh and you can our it over rice or potatoes.
Added broccoli and the kids ate it without trying to pick around it! Big hit with the whole family, which is no easy task. Will definitely add to regular rotation.
I will definitely make this for next chicken breast meal but I will substitute half of the vegetable oil with sesame oil to give it a more sesame flavour.
This was delicious and so easy! I wish it didn't have as much "sweet" in it, but still quite tasty. I didn't have enough honey on hand so I did some honey and some agave (I assume any natural sweetener would do).
This is so delicious! So much flavor and the chicken is really tender. I made coconut rice to go with it and it's excellent!
Chicken was moist - too much soy sauce. If I were to make this again, I would cut the ss in half and add a bit more crushed red pepper flakes.
This was so easy, and came absolutely delish!! Will keep this on my list of quick recipes!
My husband and I both liked this recipe. I didn't change a thing. I would make this again.
Very tasty! Simple!
Very good recipe. Family loved it over brown rice and green beans. Much easier to thicken the sauce in a sauce pan then pour it back over the chicken in the slow cooker.
I followed the directions that came with my slow cooker regarding the cookling times, otherwise followed the recipe as written. The chicken was way overcooked. When I took the chicken out of the sauce to the cutting board, it fell apart and was impossible to cut in nice bite sized pieces as is shown in the picture accompanying the recipe. Instead it was shredded and very tough. I think maybe slow cooking is not for chicken given the results I got with this recipe. Chicken cannot be overcooked in my experience like say beef or pork can.
I made the recipe as presented only substituting onion powder in place of the minced onions. (Oddly enough, I did not have an onion in the house!) Served it over basmati rice with broccoli on the side. My husband said he liked it, but he didn’t go back for seconds as per usual. We decided that it was a good base from which to build. And, so fast and easy to prepare! I will make it again, but I think some pineapple and green pepper would improve the taste. I would probably put the pepper in about 1/2 to 3/4 way through the cooking time. It would also be good with some crispy fried chicken and a bit more honey.
I'll also use half the honey next time. I added some flour to thicken up the sauce at the end as well.
Family loved this. Told me to make it again. We prefer more sauce so I will double the recipe to pour over rice. Kids (wow) grandkids and grandparents ate it all. Need to make it again and again requested my granddaughter!
I've made it twice and my sons really liked it. I reduced the honey by half (as mentioned by others) and that seems about right. Definitely will make again.
I made this for dinner tonight..soooo easy to put all the ingredients in the crockpot..put it on Low for 4 hrs but by 3 1/2 hrs I took out the chicken to see if it was tender and it was..the only thing different I would do is double the recipe for the sauce (to pour extra on chicken later)..served it over white rice with a side of steamed vegetables and baked spring rolls..definitely make this again!
I didn't care for the taste of the chicken.
simple, easy to make, kids loved the recipe...but I would rather have something else than ketchup in the recipe...could you make recommendations for substitutions...I added fresh onion...squeezed it through a garlic press...instead of onion powder and I used a few cloves of garlic...instead of garlic powder...ohh..I also had to remove the sauce from the crock pot and cook in a pot on the stove to thicken the sauce...I have a very small crock pot...
I used the suggestion by a previous person and coated the chicken in corn starch before I added it to the crockpot. I followed the rest if the recipe except I added a couple dashes of San-J Szechuan sauce because I always remembered sesame chicken as being spicy. It was really good for my first effort. Sauce was thick and my husband really liked it. Might try baking it next time though. :)
I modified mine for fun. I switch soy sauce to teriyaki and I got rid of the sesame seeds. Not only did my husband and I love it but I got the seal of approval from my toddler!
Easy to put together, smells great while cooking. Add some broccoli, serve on rice and voila! Flavor was good, but a tad sweet. Next time I'll add more salt, perhaps just a dash of Chinese five spice. The sauce took a lot longer to thicken than ten minutes, but maybe that's just my slow cooker.
This is pretty good and very easy to make.. However next time I make it I will add fresh chopped onion, fresh garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. It needs some.inhancement in the flavor department. Good served with fried rice.
Turned out great! I added some crushed red peeper for spice. I read some reviews about sauce not thickening but mine thickened out fine and my slow cooker is very old like 15 years plus. Nice easy recipe with ingredients I already had at home. I also used frozen chicken, just tossed it right in frozen and it didn’t turn out dry at all.
As a busy working mom this recipe appealed to me. However it cooked way sooner than I arrived from work. I reheated the chicken on the stove and sautéed some sliced fresh pineapples, added the chicken, sauce some left over potatoes and a little bit of cornstarch in water. I’m now rethinking the cornstarch because even at reduced portion it made it too think. Even for the picky chicken eater, this was a hit. Thanks!
Easy "starter" recipe that has endless possible additions! First night added basic peas n carrots, next night - made it into a stir fry! I mixed chicken breasts with boneless/skinless chicken thighs to add different textures.
This is excellent!! I didn’t change anything except using fresh garlic. I’ve made others before that were too salty but this one had just the right amount. Will definitely make again!
My chicken was dry (at four hours low). Tasted OK. Some in my family and some did not. Followed the recipe exactly. Will not make again.