Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

honey-garlic-chicken-slow-cooker-11Tender, slow cooked chicken simmering in a honey garlic sauce. This is an easy and delicious meal.

These last few days my kitchen has smelled wonderful because I’ve been making pot after pot of this. I’ve been testing out different versions trying to perfect this recipe and Mr. K has happily been eating all the leftovers.
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Fall definitely snuck up on me. When I left for vacation, it was still sunny and warm. And when I returned, there was a noticeable chill in the air. Usually, September is the warmest month in San Diego, allowing me to hold on to summer just a little longer. But we had an unusually warm summer and I think that might be why it doesn’t seem like the warm weather is going to stick around through September.
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So suddenly I’ve been in the mood for slow cooker recipes.This is a variation on one of my favorite dishes, Baked Honey Garlic Chicken. What I love about slow cooker recipes is that you can let your cooker do almost all the work, freeing up your time for other things. This chicken came out tender and so flavorful since it had been simmering for hours in the honey garlic sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper and the only adjustment I’d make is doubling it so we have more leftovers next time.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock or broth (mine was 570 mg sodium per serving)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbsp water + 2 tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

1. Add oil to a frying pan and bring to medium high heat over stove top. Add your chicken breast cubes and cook slightly to brown the chicken. You do not want to fully cook the chicken, you only want to sear and brown the outside. This will help bring out the flavor of the chicken and will prevent your slow cooker chicken from tasting like boiled chicken. It will also lessen the amount of white residue (that occurs when you cook the chicken) when your chicken cooks further in the slow cooker.

2. Grease the interior of your slow cooker pot with a cooking spray. Add your browned chicken and sprinkle the minced garlic on top.

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3. In a small bowl, mix together the stock, honey, onion powder, garlic powder, soy sauce, and sriracha. Pour mixture over the chicken. Use a spatula or spoon to spread your chicken evenly across the pot and sauce. The sauce will not completely cover the chicken.

4. Seal your slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 2 hours. Your chicken cubes should be completely cooked. In a small bowl, completely dissolve the cornstarch in water, using a small spoon to mix until you have a uniform white liquid. Pour into the sauce and stir it so that it spreads evenly across the sauce. Seal your slow cooker again. This time cook on high heat for 30 minutes. Your sauce should thicken. If desired, garnish with fresh scallions and white sesame seeds before serving.

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8 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken”

  1. I love how simple this is…the slow cooker is my best friend during the fall months! I look forward to making this recipe this week. I know that Bert and TC would love it.

    • I hope you guys like it! This is the earliest I’ve taken out my slow cooker from storage. I usually don’t start using it until November!

  2. Is that supossed to be 11 lbs or 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized cubes?

  3. I’m in love with my slow cooker right now too! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. I’m making this right now! It’s still cooking on the first 2 hour, but I’m about to add the cornstarch ^_^ will report back if it gets added to the dinner rotation.

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