Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is a simple meal that you can toss in the slow cooker any night of the week. Serve this shredded chicken over rice with a side of steamed vegetables for a complete meal or stick the shredded chicken in a sandwich roll and top with coleslaw for a tasty sandwich!
Honey garlic chicken in the crock pot! Doesn’t the name alone just make you drool?
Let’s talk about this crockpot chicken recipe, shall we?
This is an Asian–ish tasting recipe, but I won’t pretend it’s an authentic recipe. I mean, does authentic Asian food contain ketchup? I feel like no, but I could totally be wrong!
I’m not the source for authentic Asian cuisine, but I’m here with a tasty meal nonetheless!
Either way, this reminds me of my favorite Chinese take-out joint.
The sauce is sweet, salty, and full of garlic.
Served over rice, with a side of steamed broccoli, it’s hard to go wrong with slow cooker honey garlic chicken.
Be sure to serve this up with our favorite air fryer egg rolls. The perfect combo, if you ask me!
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Chicken Breast – I’m using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe but you could also use boneless chicken thighs!
Honey Garlic Sauce – You’ll mix honey with ketchup, reduced sodium soy sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Be sure to use the reduced sodium soy sauce or the dish will be quite salty.
Cornstarch & Water – This thickens up the sauce to make it cling to the chicken.
What Readers are Saying!
“This chicken was delicious and is officially a new staple in my house!! I shredded it and then served it in Boston lettuce leaves, topped with cole slaw and slivered almonds. These ‘Asian lettuce wraps’ were fabulous!!! Then I used the leftover chicken the next day, served on hamburger buns (and again topped with cole slaw). Sooooo GOOD!!!” – Nicole
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How to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken:
Honey Garlic Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, reduced sodium soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Soy sauce and red pepper flakes…
- Do be sure to use reduced sodium soy sauce or your chicken will come out quite salty! I love salty flavors, but it’s too much to use the regular soy sauce.
- If you’re worried about spice, you can reduce the red pepper flakes. They do add a kick to this dish, but we don’t find it to be overly spicy at all.
Slow Cook: Pour the honey garlic sauce over the chicken, give it a quick toss to coat the chicken in the sauce, and then cover your slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours, depending on your crockpot.
We’re looking for tender, easily shreddable chicken!
Shred: When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the slow cooker and shred with a couple of forks. You can also use a hand mixer or stand mixer to shred chicken!
Just toss the chicken in and use the whisk or beater blade attachment on low speed. Magical!
Finish: At this point, you can return the chicken to the sauce and then serve. Alternately, if you’d like your sauce a bit thicker, go ahead and add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of water and stir to combine.
Whisk that into the sauce well, set the crock pot to high, and return the chicken to the sauce. Cover and cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the honey garlic sauce has thickened to your liking.
We like to serve this chicken and sauce over my easy rice pilaf recipe! Some sesame seeds also make a great topping for this honey garlic chicken.
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs:
If you’re a dark meat person, go ahead and swap chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in this recipe. No other adjustments needed.
If you’d prefer not to shred the meat, no problem! Just remove the chicken from the slow cooker and serve!
Making this for dinner tonight? Make double and put one half into a zip top freezer bag and freeze for another night. When ready to cook, just dump the bag into the slow cooker on cook low for 8 hours.
You can keep the honey garlic chicken breasts and sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. You can reheat this recipe in the microwave.
Nope! You’ll just add it to the slow cooker and let it work its magic until the chicken is perfectly tender and shreddable.
If you’re starting with frozen chicken breasts, you’ll want to increase the cook time until your chicken easily shreds apart with a fork. Otherwise follow the recipe as written.
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- Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice: Another low carb favorite in our house – skip the rice and use cauliflower crumbles!
- Asian Brussels Sprouts: An easy air fryer recipe and a great side dish!
- Keto Chicken Stir Fry: Enjoy your favorite stir fry without the carbs!
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Add the chicken to a 5 quart slow cooker.
- Add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and red pepper flakes to a small bowl and whisk well to combine.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to coat.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 1/2 hours or until the meat is cooked through and easily shreds.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred the meat with a fork.
- Stir together the water and cornstarch and whisk into the sauce. Set slow cooker to high and return the chicken to the sauce.
- Continue cooking for 30 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly.
Tips & Notes:
This recipe was originally published in July 2018. The post was updated in 2020, though the recipe has not changed. It’s just as perfect as it ever was. 😉
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