Today I decided to turn to my crockpot for dinner. Monday’s are busy for us and it is nice to have something easy for dinner. My mom and I made this as a team and we both think it was a success. It is Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken taken from the Comfort of Cooking website.
Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs) **I used thighs
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup honey
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil **I used vegetable oil but I don’t think it was needed
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water
2 packets minute rice, optional **I used brown rice which was delicious
1/2 tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
3 scallions, chopped **I skipped this step
Place chicken in Crock Pot and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
In a small bowl, dissolve 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 1/3 cup water; add to crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Add cooked rice to 4 plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
Like I noted above, I used chicken thighs in the recipe. I followed it step by step and the cooking time was very accurate. I chopped instead of shredded the chicken but I don’t think that mattered. The one issue that I had with the recipe is that the sauce never thickened. I don’t think it mattered in the end but I thought I would mention it. I also don’t think the oil is necessary. It didn’t seem to add anything to the recipe but it also didn’t make it greasy which was nice. I served this over brown rice and with a side of broccoli and my entire family loved it. My steps looked like this…
The beginning of the sauce looked like this…
Once it was all mixed it looked like this…
The chicken in the Crock Pot looked like this…
The sauce over the uncooked chicken looked like this…
The final product looked like this…