Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

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So if you are like me the last thing you want to do the day after Thanksgiving is cook!  You with me on that one?

Hopefully you’ve got a refrigerator full of leftovers and everyone can just help themselves today!  If you are looking for something to do with that leftover Turkey check out my guest post over at Thirty Handmade Days and the Italian Turkey Soup I’m sharing.

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a refrigerator full of leftovers today’s recipe for Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken is so easy. You will feel like you really didn’t cook.

Besides being easy it is also so delicious!  This recipe was one of my good Pinterest finds.  I think I am batting about 50/50 with recipes I find on Pinterest.  Half are great and half aren’t so great!  This one is great and came from The Comfort of Cooking.

This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs of which I am a big fan.  They are inexpensive and I think they are more flavorful and moist than chicken breasts.  I especially like them better in a crock pot because they don’t tend to dry out as much as chicken breasts do.  But I know there are people who just don’t like chicken thighs so you can totally use chicken breasts in this recipe too.

The chicken gets put in the crock pot with a sauce of onion, garlic, honey ketchup, soy sauce, oil, and red pepper flakes.

Use 6-8 thighs or 4 breasts.  You want about 2 pounds of meat.

Let it cook on low for 3-4 hours or 2 hours on high.  Then remove the meat and shred it.

You are also going to use the sauce that is left in the pot.

Put the sauce into a sauce pan.  Add in 1/3 C of water with 4 tsp cornstarch mixed in into the sauce pan.  Stir to combine and then cook over medium high head for about ten minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Then pour the sauce back over the shredded chicken.  Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

It’s pretty and delicious!


Leigh Anne

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 2 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs total)
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ C onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 C honey
  • ¼ C ketchup
  • ½ C soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • ⅓ C water
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  1. Put chicken in crock pot. Season with salt and pepper
  2. In a bowl combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and red pepper flakes.
  3. Pour over chicken
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2 hours
  5. Remove chicken and shred.
  6. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.
  7. Pour sauce in crock pot into a sauce pan and add in the cornstarch mixture.
  8. Stir to combine over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Stirring often.
  9. Pour over chicken.
  10. Serve over rice
  11. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.



Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Erin says

    You hit the nail on the head with this one! I have no leftovers from Thanksgiving but I do have a bag of frozen chicken thighs (eww) that I need to use up. And with the kids home from school, the last thing I want to do is take them all to the store. This recipe is just what I needed.
    Once again, you have saved the day for me! Thank you!

  2. Valerie A. H. says

    You gave this recipe really good reviews and I needed a dinner idea for tonight. I am tired out from Thanksgiving so this recipe is perfect. This will be in my crock pot today. Thank you so much for posting it. Great timing! Hope you and the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

  3. sue says

    I totally agree, thighs taste much better when slow cooking and the price is better, too. I am printing this out and plan to make it tomorrow and I am sending a copy to my daughter and mom. Thanks!

  4. Valerie A. H. says

    Update: My family and a friend that came over for dinner tonight all gave this dish high scores. Thanks again Leigh Anne.

  5. Joy says

    So, this recipe could not have come on a better day! Helping to care for my parents leaves little time to cook. I had pulled out chicken breasts the night before, not being really sure how I would cook them. The email with this recipe came and I threw the chicken in the crock pot! It was amazing! Thanks for sharing this one!

  6. Brenda Mendez says

    I know others have said how good this recipe is but I just wanted to let you know how much my family loved this! It was easy to make and we hade almost everything already on hand. Thank you for sharing such a great dish.

  7. kendra says

    great recipe! made a few additions- sesame oil to help marinate the chicken and give extra flavour, and a couple drops of sriracha (thai hot sauce) to give it a little kick! delicious! keep posting crock pot recipes please :)

  8. Shell says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy! I did not have low sodium soy sauce so I used 1/2 soy sauce and 1/2 orange juice. I served it over white rice that was cooked in orange juice and chicken broth to carry over the orange flavor. My husband and son both said that I will have to make this again soon! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us!

  9. Kelly says

    OMG! This was great! I used chicken breasts (just my preference) and cooked on low for 4 hours. It was a huge hit in my house! Thanks so much!

  10. Lindsey says

    I have been unfortunately infamous for horribly failing these kind of recipes in the pAst. They always turned out horribly dry, and the flavor just wasn’t there. After coming across this recipe I took your advice and used the chicken thighs and cooked the chicken a lot shorter than I had in the past…. Hallelujah !!!!! It was delish, my whole family loved it! I’m so happy I found your blog and can’t wait to try more of your recipes, thank you!

  11. Lisa says

    Wow Sister Wilkes! I used an almost 2 pound pork sirloin tip roast from Costco AND some chicken thighs. I cut the raw roast into chunks, did the same with the boneless skinless frozen thighs. Put the meat in my CP, dumped the chopped onion on top of the meat. Then I mixed the sauce ingredients using GF soy sauce, EXCEPT I only used two dashes of red pepper flakes. I didn’t have any oil, so I used two tablespoons bacon grease (yum btw, I use bacon grease all the time). And I used tapioca starch in place of cornstarch.. This was yum!
    It tastes like teriyaki chicken. Even my picky eaters liked it. 2# 6 ounces of meat for 9 people and there were leftovers, hurrah for lunch!
    Thank you


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