Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

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Since I got a crock pot, it’s been difficult to find a recipe for it that isn’t a stew, or chili, or a pot roast. While I was browsing through one of my favorite food blogs, Very Culinary one day, I saw that I wasn’t the only person having this problem. She enthusiastically posted this recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken and I printed it out with the intention to make it immediately!

Seriously…this chicken is dangerously good. Even though I’ve been making chicken dishes a lot lately, I’m really not a huge fan of it and I seldom get excited about a chicken recipe. This one changes all of that! It was so flavorful–sweet with the honey and tangy with the soy sauce and garlic. It was hands down the best chicken I’ve ever cooked, but probably because I didn’t cook it, the crock pot did.

Just go make this. Right away. The best part? It takes no effort at all. Throw it all in the crock pot and check on it in four hours! Take out the chicken, add some dissolved cornstarch in and you have a dinner that will wow!

Ingredients
• 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• salt and pepper
• 1 cup honey
• 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium or gluten-free)
• 1/2 cup diced onion
• 1/4 cup ketchup
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
• 1/2 tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
• 3 scallions, chopped

Directions
Lightly season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot.

In a medium bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.

Shred chicken into bite size pieces. Then in individual bowls, place chicken pieces over cooked rice and spoon some sauce on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

 

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