Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Sweet honey and sesame sauce smothering this Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is an easy family-favorite and so easy it will become a new staple recipe in your rotation! 

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Really good things are happening around here. For one thing, a last minute trip to Las Vegas for a few days with our friends kind of came out of nowhere and changed our week for the better. Warm weather was desperately needed by all of us, especially me, and not just because I felt like my skin was so colorless it was glowing in the dark. Seriously though. Paste-y to the max. For some reason last summer while I was pregnant with the twin kidlets I did not tan, I just fried and peeled all season long. Anyone else have that experience?? So unlike me. I usually tan tan tan in the summer sun but last year the sun and my skin were not friends.

Needless to say, some sunshine was needed. For my skin, and for my so-done-with-winter mood.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Other good things that are happening? Some pretty amazing dinner things, not the least of which was the Thai curry steak noodle bowls. Ohmagosh. so. good. But the slow cooker dish I’m sharing today has to be one of my favorites – both slow cooker and just dinner, period – ever ever.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

If I could fill an entire pool with this honey sesame sauce, it still wouldn’t be enough to satisfy my cravings. It is that good. Very flavorful, but not overbearingly sweet or anything, just kind of a perfect blend of flavors. And not spicy – for those of you who cringe when you think of digging into that slow cooker firecracker chicken. (I looooove that stuff something fierce)

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

This chicken dish is really simple and easy to make. You whip up a sauce, saute your chicken over medium heat for about 2 minutes, then throw it all in the crockpot and come back a few hours later to the most delicious smelling and tasting dinner you could dream of.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

And the sauce is a bit customizable. I wrote it exactly how I like it but if you make it once and then want to play with the flavors a bit the next time you could up the amount of sesame oil, or increase or decrease the amount of honey. Or, if you do happen to want to heat things up a tad, you can add a little sriracha or crushed red pepper flakes. But don’t add too much, you don’t want to overpower those incredible honey and sesame flavors!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

“I made this tonite for dinner. I used my thermal cooker (off the grid). It turned out so tender and the rice was so fluffy in my cooker. My husband and I both loved it and will make it again. Thank you so much.” – Joni

“This was great! It tasted better than what you get at a Chinese restaurant. Definitely will make again.” – Laura

“I nailed it😀 It turned out perfect . I did add some fried wonton chips and green onion When I served it. Added Sriracha to the sauce. Also since I had 4 chicken Breasts I increased the sauce . Yummy 😋” – Darlene

“Really delicious! Even my toddler who is extremely picky said ‘mmm good!’ Thank you!” – Lauren

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow cooked chicken with sweet honey and sesame sauce - an easy family-favorite with perfect flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword honey, sesame, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 3 medium-large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water + 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • sesame seeds, for topping


  • Chop chicken into 2 inch pieces. Add to a large resealable bag and add corn starch. Seal and shake to coat chicken.
  • Drizzle a large skillet with the oil and preheat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 1-2 minutes (just to brown the very outside, chicken should not be cooked through) and remove from heat. Add to a greased slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the cold water and corn starch til dissolved. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ketchup, and rice vinegar and whisk to combine.
  • Poor sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low 3 hours. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.


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hey girl this looks really good!

    Thanks so much Shawnna!!!

I made this tonite for dinner. I used my thermal cooker (off the grid). It turned out so tender and the rice was so fluffy in my cooker. My husband and I both loved it and will make it again. Thank you so much.

    So glad you and your husband enjoyed this dish Joni! Anything that pleases the hubby is a winner in my book!

This looks so yummy!! I think it will be a hit with my family for sure. Thanks!

Do you think this would work for whole chicken cutlets (not cut)? And can the recipe be tripled?

    I think that could probably work! You could definitely triple the recipe, just keep an eye on it because it will need some extra cooking time.

Tiffany! WHAT HAVE I DONE??? I am VERY new to this whole cooking thing and absolutely l.o.v.e your blog (I’ve made the slow cooker broccoli beef + firecracker chicken [i love me a crock pot] and both turned out fantastic!) This however was such a fail…I believe my boyfriend said it kind of reminded him of jello chicken lol. I left it in there for 3 hours and the sauce was like trying to move concrete around. Did I just burn it? Whaaaaaaat have I done?!

    Hi Rachel! Gahhhh that sounds terrible! It sounds like it just got overcooked! I would say that your crockpot maybe gets hotter than others but if you made the firecracker chicken without any issues then that might not be true because it’s really the same cooking method – I am so lost! But it does sound overcooked, maybe it only needed two hours?? Dang, this recipe is seriously one of my favs I’m sad it didn’t come out right for you!

    too much cornstarch perhaps?

The only changes were I added frozen broccoli and edamame half way through and took the top off the slow cooker for the last hour. Oh and added cayenne and garlic powder (didn’t have any fresh garlic and I like spice!). Also gave a squirt of agave because my honey had crystallized and when I tasted it, thought it needed a touch more sweetness. Soooo good. No more sesame chicken take out for me!

So do I add 1/3 cup of starch in the bag AND in the sauce with cold water?

    You add 1/3 cup corn starch to the bag with the chicken to coat the chicken. Later, you will mix the cold water with the 2 tablespoons of corn starch.

So I had 1/3 cup of starch twice? In the bag and in the sauce?

    No, dear. the 1/3 cup goes into the bag; 2 additional tablespoons go into the water to make the sauce.

      I found that difficult to understand in the recipe also. Thanks for explaining it 👍

3 stars
We really enjoyed this on the day it was made! We had trouble with the leftovers: while the flavor was still great, the sauce became very gloppy (I think because of the cornstarch). I may have been able to fix it somehow in the re-heating process? Anyway, we loved it for day-of eating!

Well.. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but that was a bit of a disaster. The sauce was really grainy and cloudy, and didn’t really thicken much. Tasted a bit.. naff. I must have gotten the amounts wrong somewhere. Was it really meant to be 1/4 cup of soy, plus another 2 tablespoons of soy?

Will I be able to cut the Cook time in half by putting on high.

5 stars
This looks fantastic! I will try this receip this weekend ☺

Question: would it be possible to throw the chicken pieces in raw I’m interested in an eight hour recipe

    Yes you could put them in raw, browning them first does help them to keep their shape and texture a little better. You could also do whole, frozen chicken breasts for a longer-cooking recipe and just shred the chicken at the end.

5 stars
This sounds so yummy! How would I make this normal non corn-starch chicken instead? Could I just put it straight in the crockpot?

Is it possible to substitute garlic or walnut oil for the sesame oil?

5 stars
I made this tonight, I have actually made many of your recipes.. it was very good, I do have a question tho.. would there be something that would make the sauce more brown? Mine didn’t turn out the same color.. haha just curious if there was something I could of used more of

Hello. This looks great; however can it be cooked for 2 hrs on high instead of the 3 hrs on low? Or would this make the flesh tough? I only have 2 hrs when I get home to make dinner for partner and 3.5yo son. Ta.

This turned out kinda tasting like sweet ketchup and kinda soggy.. looked really good though

4 stars
Hi , today i tried your recipe. It sounds delicious … But i made a big mistake, i took all the corn starch to mix it up 🙁 it was like jello…. 🙁 i will try it again with only 2 tablespoon…:D the taste was good!
Thx for the recipe greetings from germany:)

Hi! I’m giving this recipe a try tonight. I’m a but confused and I’m hoping someone can reply to this pretty quickly. Although, I know it’s a long shot.

The ingredients say “1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce”. What does 1/4 cup mean?

    1/4 cup = 4 Tablespoons .. so 4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons = 6 Tablespoons total

I’m going to have to agree with some of the other reviewers and agree that this recipe didn’t turn out the way I thought or how it was pictured at all. I followed the recipe exactly and after only an hour of being on low in the crock pot, it was a big gloppy mess. I think the problem lies in adding the cornstarch and the water to the sauce at the beginning of the crock pot process. I think if I had to do it again, I would leave that part out. I would mix all the other ingredients and then cook the chicken. I’d take the chicken out and then make a cornstarch slurry and add that to the sauce in the crock pot, turn it on high, put the chicken back in and let it thicken. I think cooking the sauce with the cornstarch in that long was just NOT the thing to try to do. As it is, unfortunately, this ended up being a waste of expensive chicken.

5 stars
I nailed it😀 It turned out perfect . I did add some fried wonton chips and green onion When I served it. Added Seracha to the sauce. Also since I had 4 chicken Breasts I increased the sauce . Yummy 😋

I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! So delicious. cant wait to make it again

Really delicious! Even my toddler who Is extremely picky said “mmm good!” Thank you!

What can I use in place of the ketchup? Or can o leave it out? I’m cooking for someone with a tomato and citrus allergy.

Looking delicious, i wanna try it..
Honey will make it sweet. Comparision with spiece
its different.

could the sesame chicken be doubled for a bigger crowd


    I haven’t had the chance to try doubling this recipe, but I’m sure it would turn out great! Let me know how it goes!

Yeah there’s no way the image used was made in a crockpot. Slow-cooking a corn-starch-based entree for 3 hours will obviously turn to gloop, as many people commented! I’ll try it stove top or oven baked next time and see if that produces the advertised consistency.

Made this last night – very yummy!
Does anyone know if this exact recipe is in the my fitness pal app?
Does 43 carbs in just the chicken sound right?

I sense the problems are related to the cornstarch. What brand are you using?

5 stars
I made this recipe exactly like the recipe, it turned out great! The directions were easy to understand. Thank you…and I will make it again!

consistency was perfect, but the taste was quite bland. needed a kick of some flavor, lime? ginger? something else. Chicken was cooked perfectly, just very mild/bland sauce.

this was great! It tasted better than what you get at a chinese restaurant. Definitely will make again.

2 stars
This dish was meh. It didnt taste nearly as sweet as i expected, had a weird bitter taste, and the sauce became much glOppier than the photos suggest. The chicken was also quite dry. I won’t be making this one again!

3 stars
I just started this an hour ago, and already the sauce is too THIck. I added a little water, hope this doesn’t ruin it. I doubled the recipe, but followed the instructions exactly. Wonder if heat had anything to do with it? I know all three of my crackers are slightly different.

Don’t believe the picture…iT WILL NOT BE ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

First time making this one.
I made it in the pressure cooker, 20 minutes on chicken setting. Turned out great! I also made a double portion of the glaze and separately cooked brocoli and sweet onion in a pan and added the extra glaze, then mixed chicken and veggies together and served over rice. I toasted the seasame seeds and added red pepper flakes for a kick. SO good! Thanks! It’s a keeper!

    Wow- sounds delicious!

Hi, i made this recipe and the taste Was amazing. It only Took 2 hrs, 3 would of burned it. I made extra sAuce stoveTop which was gOOd with the rice and broccoli both cooked separately. I used a crockpot /metal base and porcelain inside. BrownIng chicken, i need to work at learning technique as i know This said put half raw. My chicken was unfortunately cooked prior crockpot to get brownIng. It turned ouT pretty good though, better than take out sesame chicken.

    I am happy to hear that it all turned out well and you enjoyed it! It’s for sure better than take out right?! Thanks for sharing!

Can you make this on the stovetop without doing it in the slow cooker?

    This recipe is meant to be used in the slow cooker! I haven’t done it any other way- sorry! I do have a baked sesame chicken recipe on the blog if you would like try that instead! 🙂

Does it take awhile for the sauce to thicken up?

Made this tonight. My husband said to make this if I want to impress someone, because he was impressed. Delicious!

    Husband approved- way to go! 😉 Thanks, Linda!

I had trouble with the cornstarch, as well, so I just omit it during the browning process and add in a slurry in the last half-hour to thicken it up. Still delicious, just not crispy. Maybe this will work for others 🙂

    Erin- great thinking. Thanks for your feedback!

Our neighbor has started beekeeping so he keeps sending us multiple jars of honey so I’m hunting for “honey”RECIPES. This will be THE first one I try as it looks delicious. Any other RECIPES you have that use a lot of honey will be appreciated 😉

1 star
I followed this to the t and it turned out a big soggy mess. LoOks like pizza tonight 😞

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t have great success with this one, Ally!

What do you mean by greased crockpot?

    Sprayed with cooking oil or something that will create a nonstick surface!

      5 stars

It would ve wonderful if you included NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION I am on sodium RESTRICTIVE diet RECIPE looks GREAT BUT i need to know SODIUM

    I recommend using MyFitnessPal. They have a great tool where you can input any recipe URL into and it will generate all the nutritional information for that recipe for you.

    I hope you enjoy the chicken!

2 stars
We could not eat this. 🙁 The flavor was good, but the consistency was all wrong as many of the other readers commented. NExt time I will definitely not add the cornstarch until the end. It was a congealed gloppy mess.

5 stars
I made this tonight for dinner. I was worried as everything I cook in a slow cooker goes wrong. This time perfect. What a lovely meal.

    Great job, Paul!! Glad you liked this recipe 🙂

Ok so i have the opposite proBlem to everyone else. The first time i made it.. perfect! Since then the sauce just will not thicken and im
Following it exactly. Ive tried leaving it longer, taking the slow cooker lid off, adding more corn starch. Its just runny!

    That’s strange! I haven’t had that issue, Nicola!

this is my favorite recipe to cook for events Christmas party’s baby shower etc. and everyone loves it such a winner

    Happy to hear this!! Thanks, Kathryn!

My sauce is very runny an liquidy. how DO I THICKEN IT?

    You could thicken it with a corn starch slurry if you feel the need to

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