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Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken (5 Minutes Prep)

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This Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken is an Asian takeout-inspired slow cooker meal with juicy, tender chicken shredded into a sweet and slightly spicy sauce. A healthy meal perfect for busy days with 5 minutes of prep and 7 easy ingredients.

Closeup side view of Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken over rice with spinach in the background

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It’s a winner! And utterly delicious. Believe me, you’re hoping there are leftovers in this meal!

If you love quick-to-prep slow cooker dinners, this crockpot chicken recipe is one you’ll want to add to your meal rotation. Much like Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken or Crockpot Hawaiian Pineapple Pork, it also takes about 5 minutes to prep, and then the crockpot works its magic.

What to Love About Honey Garlic Chicken

There are so many reasons I particularly love this crockpot recipe, but here are a few standout favorites:

  • 5 Minutes Prep: When busy days become hectic, 5-minute prep dinners save the day!
  • Requires no browning or precooking of any ingredient; it’s a classic dump and go crock pot meal.
  • Delicious takeout flavor made easily at home whether that be for weeknight dinners or a weekend treat.

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients

There are only a handful of ingredients needed for this oh-so-simple slow cooker chicken recipe. Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Chicken: Look for boneless, skinless chicken, either thighs or chicken breasts. I prefer the flavor of chicken thighs but breasts work equally well.
  • Soy sauce: Light, low-sodium, or all-purpose soy sauce works well in this recipe. If using dark soy, the flavor will dominate the sauce.
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Chili paste or sauce: I have a sweet ginger chile sauce in the refrigerator that I’ve been using, but Sirarcha, hot sauce, or sambal oelek works deliciously too.
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Apple cider vinegar or your favorite vinegar like white vinegar or rice wine vinegar.
  • To thicken the sauce, use a slurry of cornstarch and water.

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a quick overview of how to make this slow cooker chicken recipe.

Top view of uncooked chicken thighs in a black slow cooker insert

Step 1: Season the chicken

There is already a lot of seasoning in this recipe, but I do like to lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper before adding them to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Top view of uncooked chicken thighs with honey garlic sauce in a black slow cooker

Step 2: Whisk the sauce

In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic paste (to taste), garlic, and vinegar together. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours or until the chicken is cooked through with an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Top view of cooked shredded Honey Garlic Chicken in a white bowl

Step 3: Shred the chicken and thicken the sauce

Remove the chicken from the crockpot to a plate. Then whisk the cornstarch slurry (cornstarch and water) and add to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.

If you want to thicken the sauce more quickly, add it to a saucepan, with the slurry, bring to a boil, and then cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until desired thickness.

Top view of crockpot honey garlic chicken in a black slow cooker

Return the shredded chicken to the sauce, turn to coat, and serve.

How to Serve Honey Garlic Chicken

I love to serve this chicken dish over rice, often brown rice, but tonight it’s basmati rice. You can also serve it over your favorite grain.

To garnish: I love the flavor of chopped green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Improvising Note: I didn’t put this in the recipe because some of you might roll your eyes. But I’m always looking for ways to add additional greens to our diet.

So… when stirring the shredded chicken back into the sauce, I will often add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach and let it cook for a minute, or until the greens begin to wilt and turn bright green. It’s pretty and adds additional nutrients… (and I love it!).

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Side view of Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken served over basmati rice and topped with green onions and sesame seeds.
Closeup side view of Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken over rice with spinach in the background

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

This Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken is an Asian takeout-inspired slow cooker meal with juicy, tender chicken shredded into a sweet and slightly spicy sauce. A healthy meal perfect for busy days with 5 minutes of prep and 7 easy ingredients.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2-4 teaspoons chili paste or sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or your favorite vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

For Serving

  • Cooked rice, quinioa, or cauliflower rice
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onions

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and place in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
    Top view of uncooked chicken thighs in a black slow cooker insert
  • In a bowl, whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic paste, garlic, and vinegar together. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
    Top view of uncooked chicken thighs with honey garlic sauce in a black slow cooker
  • Remove the chicken from the crockpot and let cool slightly on a plate. Whisk the cornstarch and water together until completely mixed, and then pour it into the liquid in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened. For a thicker sauce, you can carefully transfer the liquid to a saucepan, bring it to a boil, and cook until reduced and thickened; about 5 minutes.
    Top view of cooked shredded Honey Garlic Chicken in a white bowl
  • Shred the chicken with two forks and place back into the cooking liquid, stir to coat, and serve over rice and top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds!
    Top view of crockpot honey garlic chicken in a black slow cooker

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Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot chicken recipe, honey garlic chicken

2 Comments

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    I love the idea of adding spinach at the end with the chicken. I do that all the time also adding vegetables to recipes. This recipe would also be good with stir fry snap peas (I string the snap peas first).
    So glad the 20 degrees weather is over.

    Thank you for all the recipes.
    I am ready for tea time with your Scottish Oat Scones.
    Grace A.

    Grace

    1. Hi Grace! I’m with you on the 20 degree weather :)! While I absolutely love winter, it’s nice to be a bit warmer. I even saw some blooming heather earlier today, reminding me that spring may be nearer than it felt last week! Snap peas are also putting me in that springtime mood. It sounds delicious! I’ve been in the kitchen all day — and the last on the list was the Scottish Oat Scones– two minds. Hope you enjoy them!

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