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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

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Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations.

Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations. Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations.

Madison is off from school this week so I’m trying to spend less time working and more time doing family stuff. This is in my slow cooker today so I thought it would be perfect to share here from the archives.

I’m not a fan of sweet foods as a main dish, unless it’s balanced with savory and spicy flavors. In this dish the honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sriracha compliment each other and balance out the sweetness.

I’ve tried a few versions floating around the web, but they were much too sweet for my taste. After a few attempts, I finally found the perfect balance of sweet-savory without adding too much sugar. Rice wine vinegar is naturally sweet, and adds a bit of acid which rounds out the flavors. I served this with more sriracha sauce on the side for extra heat and served it over brown rice.

Usually I set some chicken aside for my toddler when I shred it, before adding it back to the sauce, since her palate is pickier than the rest of ours, and it works out fine. I never cook a separate meal for her, she eats what we eat, just modified at times if I cook something spicy.

For lunch the next day, I made some lettuce wraps with some leftover forbidden rice I had and thoroughly enjoyed eating them with my hands.

Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations.

And since so many are asking, I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This crock pot is so great, I actually own two!

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

4.48 from 38 votes
Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
Sweet, savory and a little spicy, this easy Asian inspired Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken has a balance of flavor combinations.
Total: 4 hrs
Yield: 8 Servings
Serving Size: 2 /3 cup


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce tamari for gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sriracha hot chili sauce or more to taste
  • 1 heaping tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 medium scallions chopped for garnish


  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker and season with black pepper. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, 1 tbsp water, sesame oil, onion powder and sriracha hot chili sauce. Pour over chicken and cook on LOW 3-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Shred chicken with two forks; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/4 cup water; add to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH until slightly thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes; return chicken to the slow cooker and mix well.
  • Serve chicken and sauce over rice and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions for garnish.

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Serving: 2 /3 cup, Calories: 198 kcal, Carbohydrates: 13.5 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 475.5 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 10 g



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453 comments on “Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken”

  1. Love this dish! The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, so easy to make too! I made it while unpacking boxes from moving, found the crockpot and went to Skinnytaste and searched “chicken & crockpot”, this came up… PERFECT! Served over fluffy jasmin rice (found the rice cooker in the same box), minimal prep, 5 minutes to mix ingredients and WOW!

    I don’t know what I’d cook most nights if not for Gina and Skinnytaste! Thank you!

  2. This was really great! I followed Gina’s advice and put chicken on the side for my 22 month old and 3 year old then tossed the rest back in the sauce. So easy for during the week everyone loved it.

  3. I made this for the first time last night in the Instant Pot I cooked the chicken from frozen for 20 minutes on high pressure, I thickened the sauce by adding the cornstarch and water to it and setting the IP to sauté, by the time I shredded the chicken the sauce was perfectly thickened. The chicken is delicious, I will definitely be making this more often, it is so versatile.

  4. This was really good! I made it in the instant pot! I mixed the sauce ingredients first and poured in and then I nestled 2 chicken breasts in to the sauce and added the remaining 1/4 cup of water I hit the poultry button(15 min high) and did natural release. I’ve never been able to shred chicken that easy! Once I pulled it out to shred I mixed the cornstarch in and added the chicken back in. I put it on for 2 min high heat quick release and the sauce had thickened up perfectly! I would definitely make this again! 

  5. This recipe is good (I would eat it again!) and it’s easy to make but it’s not an Asian flavor to me.  It does have honey and sesame and chicken but it doesn’t taste like Honey Sesame Chicken.  I think if you take some of the suggestions other commenters have made (eat on a salad with dressing or other toppings, etc), it might be better suited than eating with rice like traditional Honey Sesame Chicken.  It’s almost like this recipe needs to be branded with a different name.   It is more of a cross between BBQ chicken and Asian.  Tasty and worth trying!  But don’t expect the flavor of HSC.

  6. I love this recipe! I like to make a batch on Sundays and portion for lunches. I heat the individual portion and then put over mixed greens with about a 1/2 tablespoon of ranch. It is so satisfying and filling when I’m trying to cut calories to lose some lbs. Thank you for this flavorful and yummy recipe! 

  7. I have no idea why there are poor reviews on this recipe. It’s so easy and delicious!! I needed to cook chicken thighs that were left in my fridge and this fit the bill. It was so good that I’m adding it into the rotation more often. Thanks!

  8. Making this now! Also, I was so thankful for your crockpot link. I clicked it to just check it out and it happened to be on sale with an additional $20.00. Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the recipe and link to a new crockpot. 

  9. Was searching for a different chicken dish and of course “skinnytaste” came up. Thought this was easy on a hot summer day and besides using the crock pot for the chicken, I used my instant pot for the rice so it was really easy. My 6″3″ boys and husband all loved it. Easy and delish.

  10. I am super surprised at all the dislikes of this recipe! I LOVE this one and have made it multiple times😋

  11. Love this and make it all the time! My crock pot just died though…could this be done in the instapot? Suggestions for how long? Thanks!!

  12. I’m looking to make this recipe with pre-cooked shredded chicken.  Do you think this would work? Would I just start with the sauce in the slow cooker and then start at step 3?

  13. I hate to say that I am not a fan of this recipe, but it certainly is far from my favorite. I’ve never ever made anything from Skinnytaste that I didn’t like but this was not a win in my book. My boyfriend liked it so at least it’s not going to waste. I guess it’s because when I think of honey chicken I think a sweet gooey sauce and this sauce was just different.