Honey Sesame Chicken

hscMany of the best slow cooker recipes require you to cook for just a few hours. This doesn’t usually work for me. I guess if I could prep things on the weekends and have them all set in a ziplock, I’d be golden. My kids could put them on when they got home from school. But that doesn’t usually happen.

With snow days number 8 and 9 this week, I had plenty of time to give one of these short time slow cooker recipes a try. I started with this recipe for Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken from The Kitchen Whisperer. I didn’t have all the ingredients so I modified it a bit and I used chicken thighs, not breasts. My version is below. Click on the link above to see the original recipe.

Honey Sesame Chicken
2 lbs chicken – I used thighs
1/2 cup honey – original called for a full cup but I didn’t have enough
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp ketchup
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp cornstarch
6 tbsp water
Green onions and sesame seeds to garnish

1. Place the chicken in a 5 quart slow cooker that you have sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Combine honey – cayenne (no water, cornstarch or garnishes yet!) and pour over the chicken.
3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
4. When done, take the chicken out and leave the sauce in the pan.
5. Combine corn starch and water and make a slurry.
6. Pour that in the slow cooker with the sauce and mix. Cook for another ten minutes on high until it thickens slightly.
7. Chop up your chicken and put it back in the sauce. I also added about two cups of broccoli florets.
8. Serve with rice and garnishes.

This was a huge hit. I knew it would be and I really can’t wait to have it again. I plan to make up some more sauce this weekend and have My Faithful Assistant put it on for me on Wednesday when he gets home from school.

This would be great with beef or pork, too. And it would be fantastic with some crispy vegetables.

Enjoy!

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