Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

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There are probably thousands of variations of honey sesame chicken recipes out there, especially ones made in a crock pot. This is actually the third or fourth time I've made the recipe. For whatever reason, it never really turned out before. The chicken was overcooked and stringy or there was too much sauce and it just look terribly unappetizing so I'd save you all from that particularly ugly blogging photo.

But finally, I found another recipe and decided to give it a go on a Sunday when I was home to watch the crock pot. Which is a bit ironic. One of the biggest selling features of a crock pot is that you're supposed to be able to set it and forget it. Not for honey sesame chicken apparently!

Oh, and guess what I realized after making the dish. It's actually honey garlic chicken. Which is fine and I figured I'd just add in sesame seeds on top. But I forgot to do that before taking a picture!


Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Source: Creme de la Crumb
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
    • 2 1/2 tbsp. garlic, minced
    • 2 tsp. Sriracha
    • 1 tbsp. cornstarch + 2 tbsp. cold water
    • 2 cups cooked white rice
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, hoisin, garlic and Sriracha.
2. Place the chicken into the crock pot and pour the sauce on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. Transfer the chicken to a plate or bowl and shred.
4. Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Once the liquids from the crock pot are boiling, stir in the cornstarch slurry and stir until the sauce has thickened.
5. Plate chicken on top of rice. Add sauce and sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.



The biggest difference with this recipe as compared to others I have made is taking the sauce from the crock pot and putting it on the stove and thickening it. It adds less than 10 minutes more to your mealtime preparations, but it makes a complete difference in the overall recipe. 

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