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Slower Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is an easy to prepare yet delicious, flavorful take on one of our favorite Chinese take-out meals.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey garlic chicken recipe, slow cooker honey garlic chicken
Servings: 8 -10
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (you can use breasts as well, but thighs have more flavor!)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • sliced scallions for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish


  • Arrange the chicken thighs in the slow cooker so that they are not overlapping.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, onion, and crushed red pepper flakes, and then pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 4 to 5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquids) and place it on a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large serving bowl, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry.
  • Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the slurry. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Serve the chicken topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.


Adapted from: Just a Taste


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 493mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.9mg