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Slow-Cooker Sesame Chicken

By Corey Valley
Created January 10, 2017
Try this homemade take on a classic Chinese takeout dish. It’s practically effortless!

True story: Some nights after a long day at work, I have no energy to whip up a meal for my family. On those nights, I turn to take-out, usually of the Chinese variety. My favorite dish to order is sesame-garlic chicken. This slow cooker chicken is an easy way to prepare a better-for-you version of the Chinese favorite. There is no wok or frying pan required for this recipe, just your trusty slow cooker. Which means it basically cooks itself! Besides the overall ease, the best part of this recipe is having control of the ingredients going into the crock, so I don’t feel bad going back for seconds. Here’s how to make it! 

In a bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and sesame oil. Set aside.


Next place the chicken into a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker and pour soy sauce mixture evenly over chicken.


Cover; cook on low heat setting 4 hours. Then remove chicken from slow cooker with a slotted spoon, leaving sauce behind. 

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into the slow cooker. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes until it has thickened. 

Meanwhile, shred chicken with two forks and then return to slow cooker and toss with sauce before serving.


Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with a side of Green Giant Broccoli Florets.