Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Simply throw everything in the crockpot and you’re set for a family-friendly meal – it doesn’t get easier than that!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

You know how you get a song stuck in your head and you sing it over and over and over for a week and a half until a new song gets stuck in your head? Well, my current song is Boy Dance PartyĀ by Bruce Willis and the boys from SNL. Ever since they played that skit, I’ve had it stuck in my head non-stop! I’ll go around the house singing it at the top of my lungs until Jason looks at me and says, “But babe, you’re not a boy.”


I apologize in advance if you have this song stuck in your head for the next couple of weeks. It’s so catchy!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

But enough about what the guys do when their ladies aren’t around. Let’s talk about this easy crockpot dish!

It’s such a simple, effortless dish that comes together so easily in the slow cooker. Simply throw everything into your slow cooker and that’s it! There’s just one tedious part shredding the chicken. But other than that, it’s an easy-peasy, no fuss dish with a sweet honey flavor that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken - Simply throw everything in the crockpot for a quick and easy, no-fuss, family-friendly meal!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 4 hours

Total Time 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Simply throw everything in the crockpot and you're set for a family-friendly meal - it doesn't get easier than that!


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  • In a large bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, vegetable oil and red pepper.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken thighs into a slow cooker. Add honey mixture and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken thighs from the slow cooker and shred the chicken before returning to the pot with the juices. Cover and keep warm for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.



  1. says

    I Love honey sesame chicken, but this healthier and easier version looks even better than any other I have seen! I love that you just throw everything in the crockpot and go! Yes, please!

  2. Ana Maria Redondo says

    I made your crockpot honey sesame chicken and it was so easy and so delicious! My husband raved about it.

  3. Amy says

    Definitely would like to make this for dinner tonight but only have frozen chicken :( Can I still make it but just cook it for longer? We’re doing carb free so might serve it over cauliflower rice instead!

  4. says

    Oh no! “Boy Dance Party” is back, stuck in my head, again! If only my husband and his friends danced when the lady-folk WEREN’T around. Sigh. haha.

    What a great combination of flavors in this dish, and I’m pretty sure it couldn’t be any simpler! Bravo!

  5. Emma says

    I made this for my boyfriend, his parents and his little sister (who is quite a fussy eater) tonight and the whole family LOVED it! Plates were licked clean and everybody raved about it. I cook for these guys every night and his sister told me it’s the best thing I’ve ever cooked for her! Definitely a winner that will be cooked again

  6. Nicki says

    AWESOME!!!! I love this recipe and your website! You are my new favorite, I am enjoying all the Asian inspired recipes. Thank you so much!

  7. Pam says

    Tried this today and we liked it. I think next time I make it I might add some diced green pepper to the pot. Thanks for the recipe. (Hmm, maybe also some pineapple??)

  8. Mary Ann says

    I’m looking forward to making this for dinner tonight! Sounds both delicious and easy. I don’t have any sesame seeds (couldn’t find any at the local store), but do have sesame oil. Should I put some of that in? Thank you!

    • Chung-Ah says

      You can omit the sesame seeds if you do not have them on hand. I do not recommend adding sesame oil to the finished dish.

  9. Lindsay says

    I am preparing food in advance for when I have surgery and can’t cook easily and I would like to serve this dish. Do you think I could prep it all the way up to the part before it goes in the crock and freeze it until I need to cook it? Thanks for sharing–cannot wait to enjoy this!

  10. Erika says

    I only have Chicken Breasts. Do you think it would still do well at 3hours? I’m always drying out my breasts in the crock pot!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Erika, it really depends on the thickness of your chicken breasts – they may not be fully cooked through by the 3-hr mark.

  11. says

    Yum, yum, yum! I found you via Pinterest and made this recipe last night. It was SOOO delicious! I loved the sauce, it tasted exactly like sesame chicken from a Chinese restaurant (but healthier and actually tastier!). I substituted 3 small chicken breasts and the cooking time stayed the same. Thanks!!

  12. Kate says

    I have one of those HUGE crockpots (I don’t know the exact size). If I don’t have enough sauce to completely cover the chicken should I add chicken broth or water? I ran out of honey so I don’t have enough ingredients to make a double batch of sauce.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Kate, adding more liquid has a high probability of altering the flavor/texture of the dish. My recommendation is to double the recipe for optimal results, and to avoid the chicken from drying out.

  13. Batool says

    I tried this and it was an instant hit! Love how easy it was and yet so soo tasty.. Served it with egg noodles .. Ps. I didnt use a crockpot i used the stove .. Ready in 20mins

  14. Mandie says

    Finally making this tonight! Super excited!!! šŸ˜€ And…I’ve had Boy Dance Party in my head for 3 days now. Haha! I love it!

  15. Karen says

    I made this last night. It was the best new recipe I’ve had in a long time!! So excited for leftovers tonight!!!

  16. willie says

    This is my new favorite recipe! Its a big hit with the family and I have shared it with friends as well. I’m getting ready to make it again today! I can’t wait for dinner tonight! The kids couldn’t believe their dad actually made this!! Thanks for making me look good! Lol

  17. Lauren says

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. My picky 2 year old (who doesn’t really love to eat meat) had 3 servings! I was nervous that 3.5 hours on low wasn’t long enough to cook the chicken, but it turned out perfect.

  18. Melanie says

    I am eating this as I typeā€¦ā€¦ is DELICIOUS!! I will definitely be making it again soon. And I love how easy it is. Thanks for sharing this :)

  19. says

    I made this recipe as part if a freezer meal party with friends. We combined all of the ingredients (except the sesame seeds and green onions) and froze in gallon-sized freezer bags. I thawed mine last night and cooked it in my crockpot today. SO DELICIOUS. I will never cook chicken breasts in my crockpot again! The thighs were so tender and juicy! Awesome recipe!!!

  20. Patty says

    Found you by chance googling for a crockpot honey chicken recipe. Yours hands down looks the best AND I actually have all the ingredients. I can’t wait to try it.

  21. Lauren says

    After the success that was the sweet and sour chicken, I gave this recipe a try– more success! Picky boyfriend went back for seconds! Also my house smelled AMAZING all day.

  22. says

    This looks awesome! To make it even simpler, shred the chicken in a stand mixer. A minute like that, rather than all that effort doing it by hand, and you’re set. :)

      • reem says

        Can you please tell me wat a slow cooker is are u talking about pressure cooker. ….pls specify the slow cooker……I am from pakistani

        • Chungah says

          Reem, a slow cooker, also known as a Crock-Pot, is a countertop electrical cooking appliance that is used for simmering, which requires maintaining a relatively low temperature, allowing unattended cooking for many hours of pot roast, stews, soups, “boiled” dinners and other suitable dishes, including dips, desserts and beverages.

  23. Melanie says

    Have u ever cubed the chicken ahead of time? I was thinking maybe it would get better sauce coverage? Or do u think that will just dry it out? I am thinking about putting it all together tonight for someone to turn on tomorrow while I am at work

  24. Katie says

    My family loves this recipe! I usually skip the shredding and slice the thighs when serving (my picky boys eat the chicken as “nuggets” that way. Also we love both rice & steamed veggies (especially broccoli) under this sauce. It’s really yummy! Thanks for sharing.
    Oh and we make this gluten free using a gluten free soy sauce to accommodate those who need it.

  25. Gilliane says

    Delicious! Love easy crockpot recipes in the summer. I halved the sauce without the oil and added a little chicken broth, and it was loved by my whole family. Thanks for another great recipe!

  26. Melissa L says

    I have made this once and it came out great. Everyone loved it. I like the idea of adding peppers and pineapple. Has anyone tried doubling the recipe? I am going to try it this week. Just curious how much longer to cook?

  27. Melissa L. says

    I made this last week and doubled the recipe. The time was just about the same. I also added in peppers. The peppers made the sauce a little watery. It was great over rice. I am thinking the next time I will add the peppers later in the cooking where they create water. I also had pineapple as a side and it was great. Thanks for the recipe. It is a definate keeper.

  28. Andrea says

    I only have skin on,bone-in thighs. I’ve never cooked with thighs. Will they be ok to use? Would it change cooking time or anything else? Thanks for great website.Cant wait to try many of these recipes

    • Chungah says

      That should be fine, but you may have to adjust cooking time as needed to ensure they are completely cooked through.

  29. Sarah says

    Can I prep the chicken and sauce in a bag the morning of and then have my nanny throw it in the crock pot at the 4 hour mark so it’s ready for dinner? Does that effect anything?!

    • Chungah says

      I’ve never tried it myself but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. You can also just keep them separate (chicken and sauce in different bags) and ask your nanny to combine them in the slow cooker when it’s time.

    • Chungah says

      As it requires 1/4 cup ketchup, I do not recommend omitting it. It is best to use all of the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

    • Chungah says

      You can follow the recipe as is for chicken breasts, although it is best to use chicken thighs to obtain the best results possible.

      • Kelly says

        Thankyou I really have no idea what regular ingredients should be but I guessed at light soy sauce and just went for the see through honey as that’s all I had it was very tasty! Was a bit watery what could i add to thicken it a tiny bit?
        Thanks! :)

    • Chungah says

      Yes, you can certainly use chicken breast. And if you are using the same amount (2 lb), there would be no need to double the sauce.

  30. Lori Lynn says

    Did this today! Used boneless skinless chicken breasts. Ohhhhh myyyyy goooodness! This is amazing! We think it’s better than the restaurant version! Definite keeper and soooo easy!

  31. Stephanie says

    I made this yesterday using boneless, skinless chicken breast. I seasoned my chicken and added the wet mixture to a zip-lock bag and mixed it around for a little bit. I put my slow cooker on low, dumped the bag contents in the crockpot and went to class. Coming back to my apartment smelling delicious is rare with my cooking skills. This was sooooo good and tasty and yummy! Thank you so much for this great recipe.

    • Chungah says

      You can certainly try substituting olive oil but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

  32. Lucy says

    Can you do this recipe without a slow cooker? It looks amazing and I don’t have enough space for a slow cooker in my kitchen!

    • Chungah says

      Lucy, please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional slow cooker recipe to be used on the stovetop without further recipe testing. I recommend using your best judgement to convert this recipe to be made without a slow cooker.

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, as I am not a registered dietician, I am not comfortable sharing nutritional information for any of my recipes. I recommend utilizing online calorie counters at your discretion to obtain such information.

  33. Shalo says

    Chicken breasts should be fine instead of thighs, right?
    By the way, we have made 4 or 5 of your dishes and they were all great! Definitely keepers!
    Thanks so much!!

  34. Barbara says

    I was going to do stir fry tonight. I thought, nope! Too lazy this day. There must be a slow cooker recipe for really good sesame chicken (which by a miracle, I had all the ingredients). And look what I found and with great reviews. I used Teriake sauce and added fresh pineapple. Cooking now! Thank you all. Hugs and much love.

  35. says

    thank you for this delish recipe ,made it tonight and even got my 10yr old grandson to try it ,he cleaned the plate ,made it with some healthy brown rice ! will be making this again ,thanks once again : )

  36. Claudia says


    I would like to know if you recommend adding a vegetable(s) to the crockpot to cook with the chicken in the sesame sauce. if so, what kind would you recommend?

    Thank you,

    • Chungah says

      You can add broccoli but I recommend adding it 30 min before the end of cooking time. If you add it with the rest of the ingredients in the beginning, it will turn into mush!

    • Chungah says

      Alicia, could you provide more information? I’m not entirely sure how it’s possible for the chicken to burn on low heat only after 3 hours and 30 min as directed in the recipe. Did you set your slow cooker to high heat?

  37. says

    My family loves this. With the kids going in all directions for practices, I make this all the time. After it’s shredded and back in the crock pot, all they have to do is put it on some cooked rice, add the green onions and sesame seeds if they want. This is a good meal for nights we can’t eat together. Thank you!

  38. Jennifer says

    Have you or anyone else successfully cooked this on low for 8 hours? I so want to try it for a meal during the work-week but will have to wait until the weekend if it can’t cook for 8 hours.

  39. Ariel says

    I absolutely love this recipe but was wondering if there would be anyway to pressure cook this? If so for how long and what setting

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried using a pressure cooker myself. Please use your best judgment.

  40. Cherryl says

    All week I have been wondering what to make on Monday night for our life group meeting from church. This is it!! Looks super easy and will feed our group of twelve. Thanks for all your delicious recipes. I have made a few of your one pot recipes and they always turn out yummy!

  41. Jessica says

    Hi, just to mention about the tedious part of shredding the chicken, if you own a stand mixer with a flat beater it’s now real easy, just put the chicken breast in the bowl (or boneless thigh) in the bowl and let it run on the lowest setting for about 30 to 90 seconds, voila instant perfect shredded chicken !

    • Chungah says

      Denise, the soy sauce is a crucial part of this dish so if you are not a fan of this ingredient, then I do not recommend this recipe for you. But please feel free to browse through my other slow cooker recipes here that may better suit your preferences.

  42. Rachel says

    I poured the extra sauce over fresh baby spinach leaves making an instant bed of wilted spinach for the chicken…amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. says

    Good afternoon,
    I apologize in advance if this question has already been asked…I did not take time to read all the comments.
    I was just reading through some “crock-pot freezer meals” posts from another site, and really liked the concept of preparing a meal ahead-of-time…she compared it with, “cooking a store pizza that had been taken from the freezer, just much better/healthier.” So, I was wondering if it could be done with this recipe?
    Many thanks,

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

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