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Sticky Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs


Sticky slow cooker honey garlic chicken thighs are simple to cast together and have a deliciously sticky sweet and savory sauce that is great for spooning over rice and vegetables. Great as a weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe.

The slow cooker can be such a dinner lifesaver! When it comes to chicken, we have crock pot teriyaki chicken and crock pot BBQ chicken on repeat- they are simple ‘dump’ recipes that are flavorful and kid-friendly.

Sticky Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs on a plate

This sticky slow cooker honey garlic chicken is another meal that is on repeat. It is loved by all, and we can also make it in the oven or in the Instant Pot.

Serve this recipe up with Instant Pot broccoli and turmeric yellow rice for a delicious, healthy meal.

Reasons you’ll ♡ slow cooker honey garlic chicken

  • no sautéing means you can obtain the ingredients into the slow cooker quickly
  • it has a delicious, sticky sauce that you can spoon over everything
  • you can meal prep it in 2 different ways (details below)

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see how simple it is to cast this recipe together. It’s so simple! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel.

(embed)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHpf244kd4(/embed)

Don’t forget to pin this recipe to save it for later!

honey garlic chicken in crock pot before cooking

Ingredients you’ll need

  • chicken thighs– I recommend boneless skinless chicken thighs as they won’t release much fat into the sauce as they cook. You may swap for boneless skinless chicken breasts and reduce the cook time to 3-4 hours on low.
  • honey– adds the sweetness to this sauce; in a pinch you could swap for maple syrup
  • soy sauce– I prefer reduced sodium soy sauce as it is not so salty; for gluten-free use tamari or coconut aminos
  • garlic– adds flavor and dimension to the sauce
  • apple cider vinegar– brings out a subtle tanginess; swap for rice vinegar if you don’t have apple cider vinegar
  • worcestershire sauce– adds umami and enhances all the flavors in the sauce- do not skip!
  • sesame oil– adds a subtle layer of flavor
  • cornstarch– to thicken the sauce at the end of cook time

Cooking this recipe

The beauty of this slow cooker honey garlic chicken thighs recipe is that there is no saute step. This means you can obtain the recipe into the slow cooker and alert to cook in under 10 minutes!

To cook the recipe, assemble the honey, soy sauce, garlic, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce and sesame oil in the base of the slow cooker. Stir to combine, then add the chicken thighs. Turn to coat, then cook the recipe on low for 3-4 hours.

Thickening the sauce

During the last hour of cook time, we will thicken the sauce by making a cornstarch slurry. Combine the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of cold water, mix to combine, and stir into the slow cooker.

Place the lid back onto the slow cooker quickly- you do not want to abandon the lid off for extended amounts of time as this will mean it takes longer for the slow cooker to arrive back up to temperature.

Set the slow cooker to ‘high’ and cook for 30 min- 1 hour more. Sauce should bubble and thicken.

Adding vegetables to the sauce

You have the option of adding vegetables to the slow cooker when you add the cornstarch slurry. Make sure you fully mix the cornstarch into the sauce, then scatter vegetables over top. Do not stir in.

Our favorite vegetables to add in are broccoli and cauliflower florets, as well as green beans. Note that if you add in frozen vegetables, your sauce may take longer to thicken.

Halving the recipe

You may cut this recipe in half, however I highly recommend using a smaller slow cooker if you do so. Otherwise you run the risk of the sauce over-reducing and burning. Also, your chicken will not be as immersed in the sauce and may end up dryer.

If you are looking for a smaller crockpot, we love this 2.5 quart slow cooker and use it all the time!

honey garlic chicken crock pot close up after cooking

Meal prep

This is a great recipe for meal prep, and you have two options to prep it ahead:

1. Cook ahead and reheat

You can cook this recipe all the way through, portion out with rice and vegetables in meal prep containers, and store in the fridge (4 days) or freezer (3 months).

Reheat in the microwave until steaming hot, and enjoy!

Find my favorite meal prep containers here!

2. Freezer crockpot meals

This kind of meal is assembled ahead but not cooked. Then when you go to cook, simply dump the ingredients into the slow cooker and cook as directed (no measuring required!)

  1. Assemble the boneless skinless chicken thighs and all other ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag, meal prep container or reusable silicone bag.
  2. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
  3. Freeze flat for up to 3 months.

Find my favorite freezer containers here!

slow cooker honey garlic chicken meal prep with broccoli and quinoa

More slow cooker chicken recipes

Sticky Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Chinese

Keyword: chicken, kid-friendly, meal prep, slow cooker

Calories: 201kcal

Servings: 8

Sticky slow cooker honey garlic chicken thighs are simple to cast together and have a deliciously sticky sweet and savory sauce that is great for spooning over rice and vegetables. Great as a weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe.

(embed)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHpf244kd4(/embed)

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time4 hrs

Total Time4 hrs 15 mins

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients not marked ‘after cooking’ into the base of a slow cooker. 

  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours

  • Mix together the water & cornstarch, then stir into the slow cooker. Turn the heat to high and cook for 30-60 more minutes, or until thickened. see note 1

  • Serve over rice, spooning the sauce over everything. Garnish with green onions.

To assemble ahead and freeze:

  • Place all ingredients not marked ‘after cooking’ into a gallon sized freezer bag.

  • Squeeze out as much air as possible, and freeze flat for up to 3 months.

  • To cook, thaw completely before cooking according to directions above.

Notes

1- when adding the cornstarch, place the lid back onto the slow cooker as soon as possible and don’t abandon it off for extended amounts of time.
2- you may half this recipe, but must use a small 2.5 quart slow cooker to cook it
3- if you’d like to add vegetables to the slow cooker, add them when you add the cornstarch slurry. Broccoli, cauliflower and green beans work great. Frozen vegetables may affect the time it takes for your sauce to thicken.
Storage
After cooking, you may store the chicken in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of batch | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 329mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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