Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This Honey Garlic Chicken is one incredible weeknight dinner idea. Juicy chicken coated and cooked with a glorious sauce made with soy, hoisin, garlic, honey and more! Toss it all in the slow cooker and let it do the work for you! 

Skip the takeout and make your Asian-style dishes at home!  Not only are they super easy to make, they taste so much better. We love takeout/fake-outs like my Beef and Broccoli and Ginger Glazed Chicken Ramen. This is one of my Asian-Inspired recipes you’ll definitely want in your collection!

Bowl of shredded honey garlic chicken over rice

HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN RECIPE

Such a versatile dish… this honey garlic chicken is amazing served on a bed of jasmine or coconut rice, in a lettuce cup, or even as leftovers in a chicken fried rice!  You can also customize the flavors here to your tastes!

It’s getting to be slow cooker season… well, Fall… but to me, it’s slow cooker season.

Time to let it do nearly all the work for you while you just sit back and smell the amazing flavors as your dinner is cooking.

This Honey Garlic Chicken… man, I can’t even begin to describe how good it is!  So tender and juicy, perfectly shredded, and coated in the most luxuriously delicious sauce made of honey, soy, garlic, ginger, hoisin, and more.

It’s naturally a great weeknight meal, since all you have to do when it’s finished cooking is shred the chicken and thicken the sauce!

This is actually a recipe rewind, as I made a variation of this wayyyyyy back when I started the blog in 2014, along with some seriously AMAZING spicy string beans.

You can check out the post for those green beans HERE… trust me, you don’t want to miss them.  Not only are they perfect as a side dish with this honey garlic chicken, but they go with just about any Asian flavored meal!

Over the years I’ve improved (in my opinion) upon the original recipe, so this newer version has a little more sauce, and incorporates a bit of orange marmalade. You don’t taste pure orange, but the orange plays nicely with the spiciness of the red pepper and sriracha, and the silkiness of the honey garlic flavors.

Don’t worry if you loved the original recipe, in the recipe notes section I’ll share what was changed so you can still make it your favorite way 🙂

I like to serve this honey garlic chicken with some sticky coconut rice, but if you’re not feeling like some rice, feel free to pile the chicken into a lettuce cup, or on top of some freshly steamed broccoli.  The leftovers are phenomenal to make some chicken fried rice with as well!

Overhead view of shredded asian chicken in bowl with chopsticks

HOW TO MAKE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

  1. Add chicken and sauce to crockpot. No need to sear the chicken first or anything, just whisk the sauce together, pour over the chicken and you’re good to go!
  2. Slow cook. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
  3. Remove and shred chicken. Transfer chicken to bowl or cutting board and shred.
  4. Make slurry. Whisk cornstarch and water together until smooth.
  5. Reduce the sauce. Transfer the liquids from the crockpot to a saucepan and whisk in the cornstarch mixture.  Boil and simmer until thickened to your liking.
  6. Toss sauce with chicken and serve.

ADDITIONAL COOKING TIPS

This recipe is a cinch to make, but there are a few helpful tips.

WAYS TO SERVE THIS HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN 

  • RICE – our favorite way to serve this chicken recipe is on top of a bed of jasmine rice, or coconut rice.
  • VEGGIES – some steamed green beans, carrots, riced cauliflower, etc are another great thing to have alongside this meal.
  • LETTUCE CUPS – another favorite way is to pick up some butter lettuce, or living lettuce, and pile some of this chicken
  • inside the cups.

spooning honey garlic sauce over shredded chicken

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

  • CHICKEN – since slow cookers can potentially dry out lean chicken breasts, we prefer to use chicken thighs for this recipe. If you don’t like dark meat, or only have boneless skinless chicken breasts you can certainly use them, you just may want to use a meat thermometer to check them for doneness (165°F on the instant read thermometer) around the 3 hour mark.
  • SPICY – as written, this recipe is definitely more sweet/savory than spicy. But if you’d like to increase the heat level, you can add more sriracha, red pepper flakes, and/or add a bit of garlic chili paste (also known as sambal oelek).
  • VEGETABLES – the only vegetable I’ve tested cooking alongside the chicken, is baby carrots. Just add them when you start the recipe and they’ll be nice and tender.
  • ORANGE MARMALADE – the orange marmalade adds a great back note of citrusy sweetness, but you can omit it if you don’t have it, or would prefer not to use it.

black chopsticks picking up some shredded chicken

MAKING HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN AHEAD OF TIME

Leftovers of this chicken are amazing, so you could make it completely ahead of time if you wanted to.  To avoid the chicken soaking up too much sauce, leaving you with nothing left to drizzle, I’d store the shredded chicken and sauce separately.

STORAGE

Leftovers should be refrigerated in an airtight container and consumed within 3-4 days.

FREEZING

Not only can the cooked chicken and sauce be frozen, you can actually freeze the PREP of this meal!

Add the sauce ingredients in a freezer-safe container (we use a gallon sized ziploc bag), and whisk together.  Add chicken and turn to coat.  Seal the container and freeze for up to 3 months.

To cook, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then dump everything in the slow cooker and cook as directed.

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Originally posted in 2014, this post has been updated in 2020 with additional information and slight recipe changes.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Juicy chicken coated and cooked with a glorious sauce made with soy, hoisin, garlic, honey and more!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 216

Ingredients
  

  • 6-8 in boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade - (optional)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger - grated
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion - diced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp water
  • Sliced scallions - for garnish
  • Sesame seeds - for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro - for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken thighs in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, orange marmalade, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha, onion, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour sauce over chicken breasts, and turn them so they're coated in the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken, keeping liquids in the slow cooker, and place chicken in a bowl. Shred chicken using two forks, hand mixer, or whichever method you prefer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with water. This is called a slurry, and it will thicken the sauce.
  • Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker to a small saucepan over medium high heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Bring sauce to a boil, then simmer until it reduces and thickens slightly. This took me about 3-4 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can add the cornstarch mixture directly to the liquids IN the slow cooker. Whisk and turn slow cooker on HIGH. Whisk occasionally until sauce thickens.
  • Pour half the sauce over shredded chicken and toss to combine. Top chicken with scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Reserve the second half of the sauce for drizzling over the chicken as desired.

Notes

To revert to original recipe:
  • reduce honey and soy sauce to 1/2 cup
  • omit ginger
  • omit sesame oil and replace with 2 Tbsp olive oil
  •  
    Use 2 bone in skin on chicken breasts
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28 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken”

  1. Loved how simple and easy this slow cooker chicken was to make! We loved it!

  2. The sauce on this is incredible!

  3. This is a go to dinner for us! I make it often!

  4. This is such a delicious meal! My family enjoys it any night of the week!

  5. Such a fantastic dish!! My family would LOVE this!

  6. Yummy! This is one of our favorites! Can’t wait to make this recipe again!

  7. This Honey Garlic Chicken is seriously making me hungry!

  8. Love, love, LOVE this! I made a couple of adjustments per my preference.

  9. Making this dish for my family and I’m going to bbq some fresh corn on the cob to accompany the chicken, can’t wait for supper. The aroma just prepping makes my mouth water

  10. Hey Amanda!
    I think like you….hot days, slow cooker meal! I don’t want to stand by a hot stove!
    May I ask what kind of slow cooker you used for your recipe? I have an oval one now, and it seems to cook hotter than the older round versions.
    Thankyou!

  11. This chicken looks mouth watering! I think a large part of it has to do with your awesome photography! However, I am sure it looks divine anyways! My tummy is grumbling!

  12. That sounds soooo crazy-delicious!!! Love the fusion! I’d gladly take it off your hands. 😉

  13. Amanda, this dish looks extremely delicious! Gorgeous photos. I have to ask, where did you find the black sesame seeds? I have such a hard time trying to locate them. PS – The coconut rice sounds like a great accompaniment, but I’d pile that chicken high on a toasted bun. YUM!

  14. Sweet garlic chicken is one of my faves! I can’t wait to try your sticky coconut rice!

  15. Love this! Always looking for new slow cooker recipes!

  16. That seems like a very practical accessory for the Crock-Pot! Your chicken looks incredible.

  17. This chicken looks so amazing!!! Totally making this dish soon! Also, that is the best invention ever because every time I have to shred chicken, I wind up splattering it all over the place taking it out!

  18. Oh, now that is a handy tool…I think I need to get myself one! And ohmyyum, this chicken sounds fantastic (and so pretty).