Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

by Erin

The Holiday Recipe club is a fun way to play with holiday-themed ingredients or recipes, but until now they have all been associated with American holidays. A little while ago, there was discussion within the group whether people would be interested in exploring other holidays outside of the US and as you can see from today’s post, the motion was passed! For today’s first international HRC post we are celebrating Buddha’s Birthday by using either gram masala, tofu, or sesame.

Sesame grabbed my attention and I first thought of making Sesame Chicken, but I was convinced I had already posted a recipe for that – wrong. Even if I had, it would’ve still totally been worth trying out this recipe because it’s done in a slow cooker, making it so easy to prepare. And healthier too because it’s not fried! Granted that means you lose the crispy action, but I didn’t miss it that much knowing it was better for me.

Want to join us in celebrating more National and International holidays? Check out the HRS’s contact page. Also be sure to check out the end of this post for the rest of the HRC line up.

One year ago: Fried Mac and Cheese


Serves 4-6


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1.25 lbs)

1/2 cup honey

2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1/2 onion, diced

2-1/2 Tbsp ketchup

1 Tbsp sesame seed oil or extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced, pressed or grated

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 cup dry brown rice

1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb broccoli florets


  1. Put chicken into crock pot.
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 โ€“ 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Cook rice according to package directions.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet until hot. Add broccoli and saute 5-6 minutes or until cooked but tender.
  6. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Whisk cornstarch into liquid in the crock pot. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Shred chicken or cut into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve chicken over rice with broccoli, garnish with sesame seeds.

Source: Adapted from Prevention RD.


You may also like


Kaitlin May 1, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Ugh, you have my mouth watering over here! This looks AMAZING!!

Emily @ Life on Food April 30, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Oh yum! I am eying several of the link up recipes. They looks so delicious!

Steph@stephsbitebybite April 30, 2012 - 5:35 pm

I was just thinking that I needed to start using my slow cooker, and here you are with this recipe!! Looks so yummy!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 30, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Hold up…I legitimately have all of this stuff in my kitchen right now.


spiffycookie April 30, 2012 - 2:18 pm


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 30, 2012 - 10:44 am

What a great dinner idea! This looks so tasty, flavorful and EASY. Love it!

Tracey April 30, 2012 - 9:53 am

This is SO my kind of meal! You can’t beat the simplicity of the recipe either. Definitely going on my menu soon :)

Baking Serendipity April 29, 2012 - 10:28 pm

I love sesame seeds! This is the perfect excuse to finally get my slow cooker back out. I don’t know why I’ve left it hiding for so long!

Aimee@Clevermuffin April 29, 2012 - 1:56 am

This looks amazing – I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a slow cooker and to make this would make it worth it!

Renee April 28, 2012 - 7:31 pm

I have not used my crockpot in a while. Time to take it out of the cabinet and use it for this recipe. Looks delicious.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 28, 2012 - 4:25 pm

I love sesame chicken, one of the only Chinese dishes my family can agree on. Love the use of a slow cooker. I really do not use my enough!

Liz April 28, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Oh, this looks delicious, Erin! And being able to make it in a slow cooker is an extra bonus! Excellent HRC pick :)

Rhonda April 28, 2012 - 11:38 am

Slow cookers are great, forget Chinese take out, I’m making this!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 28, 2012 - 9:20 am

Yum! This looks so good! I love honey sesame chicken and I love that you used the slow cooker. I’m going to give your recipe a try next week! Have a great day!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 28, 2012 - 9:06 am

This looks AH-MAZING. Sesame chicken was one of my favorite take-out dishes growing up. And I love that this is made in a slow cooker. Score!

amanda @ fake ginger April 28, 2012 - 7:19 am

Sesame chicken is my favorite favorite favorite thing ever! I must make this!

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 28, 2012 - 2:57 am

This looks wonderful! My crockpot’s sitting there doing nothing and it could be preparing this for dinner! I’ve got to get in gear :)

BigFatBaker April 28, 2012 - 12:50 am

MMM my mouth is watering…. I haven’t had good sesame chicken in forever! I may have to steal my mom’s slow cooker while I’m home this weekend and make it! I love that it’s healthy too. Perfect for an upcoming summer ;) I am so glad you were able to post with us Erin!


Leave a Comment

* By using this form you consent to the storing of your message attached to the e-mail address you've used. (Data will not be shared with any 3rd-parties)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Accept Read More