Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This chicken is slow cooked in a honey garlic sauce that is infused with soy and hoisin sauce with fresh garlic and ginger covering the boneless chicken thighs for one amazing family dinner. Throw it all together and let the slow cooker do all the work!

Since honey garlic chicken is a fan favorite try this Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry, Foil Pack Honey Garlic Chicken or Glazed Lemon Honey Garlic Chicken.

Slow cooker honey garlic chicken in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon stirring it up.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This has to be up there with my most favorite slow cooker recipes! The flavor of this sauce is amazing. And the smell of it cooking in my house all day is the best! It is so easy to throw together. The whole family loves this recipe, even the picky eater.  Honey garlic chicken is the perfect dump and go dinner. It all starts in the morning and becomes 

Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients:

  • Boneless Chicken Thighs: I prefer chicken thighs over breasts but chicken breasts can be used in this recipe. Chicken thighs are a soft and tender meat with a little more fat on them making them juicy too.
  • Honey: Choose the honey that you prefer but this will help sweeten chicken while it is slow cooking.
  • Soy Sauce: Light soy sauce is just what you need to make this slow cooker chicken infused with.
  • Hoisin Sauce: Thick and strong flavoring, this hoisin sauce will be the perfect amount of sauce to cover the chicken and marinate while it is slowly being cooked.
  • Garlic: Crushed the best that you can or purchase the garlic crushed in a bag.
  • Ginger Root: Fresh is best with the ginger.
  • Sesame Oil: This has a nutty oil that adds just the right touch to combined the flavorings together.
  • Cornstarch: Make a roux or thick sauce with the cornstarch and water mixture.
  • Water: Luke warm water is perfect for creating a roux and adding it back into the sauce to cover the chicken at the end.

How to make Honey Garlic Chicken in the Slow Cooker:

  1. Prepare the slow cooker: In a 5 quart slow cooker add the chicken thighs.  In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours and high for 3-4 hours.  
  2. Shred the chicken: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. 
  3. Make a thick sauce like a roux: Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.  Whisk it into the sauce in the slow cooker.  Return the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and let cook for another 15 minutes to let the sauce thicken.  Serve over rice and enjoy! 

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

Boneless skinless chicken thighs work best in a slow cooker since dark meat can be more forgiving when cooking for a long period of time. Thighs also don’t dry out as easily. If you prefer chicken breasts make sure to check it towards the end to make sure it is not overcooked and dried out. 

Honey garlic chicken in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon stirring it up.

How to Serve Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Make this honey garlic chicken a complete meal by adding in side dishes that work perfectly for this dinner. Your family will be craving it and loving all the variations that can accommodate this slow cooker chicken.

Honey garlic chicken in a bowl with rice and garnished with scallions.

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Honey garlic chicken in a bowl with rice underneath and chopsticks picking up the chicken.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 Servings

This chicken is slow cooked in a honey garlic sauce that is infused with soy and hoisin sauce with fresh garlic and ginger covering the boneless chicken thighs for one amazing family dinner. Throw it all together and let the slow cooker do all the work!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian American
Keyword honey garlic chicken, slow cooker honey garlic chicken

Ingredients

  • 6-7 Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 3/4 cup  soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisen sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed I used 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root I used 1 T dry ginger
  • 1 tsp seseame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a 5 quart slow cooker add the chicken thighs. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, hoisen sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Whisk togther the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Whisk it into the sauce in the slow cooker. Return the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and let cook for another 15 minutes to let the sauce thicken. Serve over rice ane enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Updated on March 4, 2020

Original Post on August 7, 2012

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 6

Calories445kcal (22%)Carbohydrates42g (14%)Protein51g (102%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol145mg (48%)Sodium1985mg (83%)Potassium945mg (27%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar37g (41%)Vitamin A106IU (2%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium22mg (2%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have some awesome looking recipes here! Can’t wait to try some.

    ~Jess @ makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

  2. ok shut up- YOU are gorgeous! thanks for stopping by my blog and joining! i’m thrilled to have found you and your recipes. and thanks for this delicious recipe- tomorrow nights dinner!

    1. You can do both! I usually throw them in frozen with all of my chicken crockpot recipes. Obviously takes a little longer to cook. When I cooked these this time, I used fresh and cut them into cubes. It cooked really fast… like in 3 hours! Whatever you choose, I would just check it after 3 hours! 🙂

  3. Hi Alyssa,
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      1. I came here to ask the same question!
        This looks delish and if there’s an instant pot version, I’m making it this week! ❤

  4. 5 stars
    I cook this on low in my dutch oven on the the stove for 3 hrs. I don’t use hoisen sauce so I don’t have it. I researched hoisen to find a substitute and decided to use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in place of it. I also used freeze dried ginger flake as well. This is fabulous! I am making it for the second time as I type this. I also add fresh cut up carrots. This is great over rice and I am sure it would be great over mashed potatoes as well! Yum!

    1. 4 stars
      It was delicious however next time I think I make it I might use more honey and less soy sauce. It was kinda over powered by it. But still delicious!!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner today. Total hit. I used chicken breast instead of thighs. Going to be a new regular. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I don’t own a slow cooker. So I wonder if you can change the recipe to be able to be made in a conventional topped pan and either put it in water on top of the stove or convert it to the oven. By the way, I may be wrong but I think a “slow cooker” as an appliance you use on top of your counter and plug it in. Maybe I am wrong?

    1. Yes, you are correct. A slow cooker is an appliance you would add all the ingredients in and cook. If you do not have one you can put it on the stovetop and cook in a large pot or dutch oven. Cook on low for about 1 to 2 hours long.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this ofr tonnight’s dinner. I didn’t have hosin sauce, so instead I used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce. It turned out delicious! The sauce was a good consistency and very saucy, just like I like it. Thank you for a great recipe. Will be making this again & again!

  8. 4 stars
    Very good, but way too much soy sauce. I think next time I’ll cut back on it and put in more honey and maybe some water or a stock.

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