Slow cooker honey chicken


Slow cooker honey chicken- super easy recipe to make and absolutely delicious! The chicken comes out tender every time.

If you know me, I’m all about quick and easy DELICIOUS recipes! This slow cooker honey sesame chicken is one of those recipes. The chicken has such a unique flavor and leaves your family begging for more! They’ll think you slaved all day in the kitchen. Shh! Don’t tell. They don’t have to know it only took you five minutes to make. ;) This dish is also pretty healthy as well. You can cut back on the honey to make it even more healthy.

Slow cooker honey chicken with rice on ... super easy recipe to make and absolutely delicious!


Look at all the juicy flavor! It makes the chicken so tender.

Slow cooker honey chicken with rice on ... super easy recipe to make and absolutely delicious!

How to make slow cooker honey chicken

This recipe really is so simple and only requires 5 basic ingredients for the sauce that I’m sure you already have in your pantry:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I like to use low-sodium)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

All you need to do is mix those ingredients together, add a little salt and pepper and pour over the chicken. Then you let the slow cooker do all the work.

Slow cooker honey chicken variations

We love to serve this honey soy chicken over rice or quinoa, but it also taste great in lettuce wraps or over a salad. To top it off you can add sesame seeds and sliced green onions on top. Sometimes with the leftover chicken we’ll even make tacos or nachos. The possibilities are endless.


Slow cooker honey chicken w/ quinoa

Slow cooker honey chicken- super easy recipe to make and absolutely delicious! The chicken comes out tender every time.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 to 4 hours


  • 1.5 - 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I like to use low-sodium)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sliced green onions, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  • Cooked quinoa or rice, for serving


1. Place chicken breasts in a crock pot. Combine soy sauce, honey, olive oil, onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir until combined. Pour sauce over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken easily falls apart.
2. Serve chicken over cooked quinoa. Add extra sauce and top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

If you like lots of sauce, feel free to double the recipe :)

Mmm… tasty! I hope this will become a family favorite in your home! Enjoy!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Sandy posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:11 am (#

    I love quinoa and am always looking for new recipes. Thanks so much for sharing this! make a really good cold quinoa salad where I make a batch of quinoa and to it I add a grilled chicken breast or two, some red onion, a can of tropical fruit (drained) and a can of chunk pineapple (drained). I add sesame oil and some soy sauce and it is delicious!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:51 am (#

      That salad sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! Mmm…

  2. Cat Davis - Food Family Finds posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:01 am (#

    I still haven’t decided if I like quinoa yet but the chicken looks amazing. At the very least it would be great over rice.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:15 am (#

      Yes, you could definitely substitue it with rice. :) It took my family awhile to get used to quinoa too. They don’t notice the difference now.

  3. Kris posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:46 am (#

    That looks amazing! I need to make it asap.

  4. Jen at Ovuline posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:59 am (#

    Quinoa is such a nutrient-packed grain and many people are not familiar with it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I will definitely try it.

  5. Crystal posted on March 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#

    I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes. This looks delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke posted on March 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#

    Yum, this looks delicious, always up for more quick and easy recipes!

  7. Julie posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:15 am (#

    This looks amazing!

  8. Deanna posted on March 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#

    I upped the ante on the garlic, just because we like it so much, and I used something called coconut aminos, instead of soy sauce. I also sauted some onions and sweet peppers on the side, for whoever wanted to add them. We used brown rice, as I was out of quinoa. Thawed chicken breasts (about 2#) were cooked nicely in three hours, and I did 1-1/2x the sauce recipe to allow for that much chicken. Delicious! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm (#

      Your changes sound great! Thanks for sharing! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

  9. jamie k posted on July 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#

    Dumb question, but do I need to add water to the crock pot or does it just dry cook? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm (#

      I’ll usually add about 1/8 cup water to the bottom just to give it a little bit of moisture. :)

  10. Heather posted on October 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm (#

    I used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and this is delicious. Hubby is having it with quinoa and I’ll probably have it with rice leftover from yesterday.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#

      Yum! I’m so glad you and your hubby enjoyed it! :)

  11. robbie @ going green mama posted on December 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#

    Trying this tonight! Sounds wonderful after a cold day!

  12. Justine S posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm (#

    Made this for dinner tonight and the chicken is absolutely to die for! Was soooo yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Jamielyn posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm (#

      Thanks for your nice comment Justine! I’m glad you liked the recipe!! :)

  13. Lisa posted on January 25, 2014 at 10:31 am (#

    I made this the other night and it was so awesome! I’m going to double it for a small dinner party in a few weeks – SO easy and delicious! We ate it with jasmine rice and broccoli.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:13 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked it Lisa! Thanks for stopping by again to leave a comment! Sounds like the perfect meal with jasmine rice and broccoli…yum!

  14. Pat posted on January 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm (#

    Jamielyn, I’m concerned about all the sodium in this recipe. According to the bottle of reduced sodium soy sauce I have, 1 Tblsp. contains 575 mg of sodium, so 1/2 cup would have 4600 mg, and the 1 tsp of salt has nearly 2400 mg, meaning the recipe has 7000mg of sodium just in those two ingredients. Divided into 4 servings, that’s 1750 mg per person which is a lot for just one dish of a meal and exceeds the daily allotment for many diet plans. Please be careful what you label a “healthy” recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm (#

      Hi Pat, thanks for your concern. Everyones level of healthy is different so you could definitely use less than it calls for in the recipe. Also, there will be quite a bit of sauce left that you don’t use when serving…it mainly just helps marinate the chicken.

    • Ivana posted on November 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm (#

      I agree about the sodium.  Most of it may be in the liquid but the chicken ends up really, really salty.  Everyone may have different ideas about what’s healthy, or have different health needs, but if it ends up tasting that salty (even with half the salt it calls for), then it’s probably too much sodium.  It was definitely quick and easy but not healthy.  I definitely wouldn’t feed this to someone with heart disease unless I didn’t like that person very much.  Out of the four people in my family only one of us liked it.  

  15. Danielle posted on March 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm (#

    Making this as my first attempt with quinoa tomorrow – hoping it comes out great! Don’t have quite that much soy sauce and honey left, so hopefully what I have will make a nice marinade!

    • Jamielyn posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm (#

      Hope you enjoy it Danielle, we love it around our house! :)

      • Kristi posted on April 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm (#

        Hi Jamielyn, How many servings does your original recipe feed? I’m looking to feed seven. Thanks!

      • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 am (#

        Hi Kristi! This recipe feeds between 4-6, so I would probably double the recipe and you will have a little bit of yummy leftovers! :)

  16. Sara Leighton posted on June 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm (#

    I wanted to let you know we’ve made this recipe several times and have loved it every time! It’s also good to serve to low-key company since you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen right before they arrive. I just set the crockpot early in the day and then whipped up the quinoa and a salad right before they came. Perfect!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm (#

      Ohhh, your comment made me smile! I’m so glad you have loved this recipe. I agree, recipes that can just be thrown in the crock pot are the best. :)

  17. Heather posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:55 am (#

    What is the story on “amino” I see people substituting them for soy sauce???

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm (#

      I haven’t used it before, I just googled it and seems to be a healthier substitute to soy sauce!

  18. Anjel posted on June 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm (#

    Fantastic recipe, I have made this several times and my family loves it. So fast, too! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm (#

      I’m glad your family loves it! Thanks for your comment Anjel! :)

  19. Sylvia posted on July 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm (#

    I searched for a healthy recipes this morning and I liked this recipe a lot so i captured a screen shot to do it to the dinner,arrived home after work did it all then I recognized it needs 3 to 4 hours :D and my hubby is waiting.. should I really wait for 4 hours. But seems gorgeous. 

    • Jamielyn posted on July 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm (#

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe Sylvia! Thanks for giving it a try. :)

  20. Andrea posted on February 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm (#

    Making this for the second time today. It is one of my favorite crockpot recipes ever! The sauce that the chicken cooks in all day is one of the best tasting and best smelling things ever! Tonight I’m serving it over brown rice because that’s what I had on hand. Cannot wait to chow down!

  21. JD posted on April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am (#

    Could I cook quinoa in the crockpot as well at the same time? I am looking at recipes to take to a potluck and this chicken looks fab, and I know I’ve done a chicken and rice recipe in crockpot before that turned out fine, but wasn’t sure about quinoa. I think it’d be too much hassle to take with me if not all in the crockpot, but it looks really good.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 21, 2016 at 10:46 am (#

      I have not yet tried cooking quinoa in the crockpot. From what I’ve read, it’s one cup quinoa to two cups fluid, so you could certainly try but I can’t say how it will turn out.

      If you try it, let me know! :)

  22. kim forbes posted on April 17, 2017 at 11:25 am (#

    Hi , could this cook all day on low? I leave for work at 7:30 and don’t get home until 4????

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm (#

      Since it cooks on low for 3 to 4 hours, I’m afraid it would scorch if cooked that long. :(

  23. Megan posted on August 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm (#

    If I wanted to serve broccoli with this dish, could I put it in the crock pot in the last 30 minutes of cooking? I want the broccoli to absorb the flavor and juices ^_^

    • Jamielyn posted on August 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm (#

      You might want to add a little more liquid or the chicken would be too dry! I always add my broccoli to my rice cooker. :)

  24. Animeyt posted on August 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm (#

    Amazing. I’m trying to make it

    • Jamielyn posted on August 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm (#

      Hope you enjoy! It is a delicious meal!

  25. LesliM posted on August 26, 2017 at 10:33 pm (#

    This would be awesome over Jasmine rice!

    • Jamielyn posted on August 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm (#

      Yes! It would be delicious!

  26. Nicie posted on August 30, 2017 at 10:45 pm (#

    Have you ever used chicken thighs? If so, did you change the recipe? Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm (#

      Hi Nicie! I’ve never tried chicken thighs in this recipe, but I think it will definitely work! It will just slightly change the flavor and texture.

  27. Julia posted on September 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm (#

    This is delicious! Would you be able to estimate how many calories per serving this is? 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:05 pm (#

      Hi Julia! I’m not sure the exact calories, but I typed the recipe in a calorie counter and it looks like the chicken would be about 300 calories per serving. Then you would add the calories for the rice or quinoa. Hope that helps! :)

  28. madalin stunt cars 2 posted on September 22, 2017 at 12:23 am (#

    This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
    I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm (#

      Hope you enjoy! Just put it all in the crock pot and let it do all the cooking! ;)

  29. lindsey storch posted on November 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm (#

             is this boneless chicken? Also, would this recipe still work if it was cooking for about 10 hours?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm (#

      Hi Lindsey! Yes, this is boneless chicken. Unfortunately 10 hours would be too long, it would dry the chicken out.

  30. TC posted on November 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm (#

    I like the look of this and will definitely be making it soon. I’m thinking of subbing some of the chicken out for pak choi and carrots, though slow cooked pak choi can be a bit rubbery in my experience.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm (#

      You can always cook the pak choi first and then add the sauce and heat on the stove! :)

  31. Katelin posted on November 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm (#

    Hi there! Trying this for the first time this evening, hoping it turns out well! Do you think mashed potatoes would go well with this chicken? We had rice the other night, and I have a ton of potatoes that need to be used. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm (#

      Hi Katelin! Mashed potatoes would go fine on the side but I probably wouldn’t serve the chicken on top of the potatoes. I hope you enjoy this chicken, it is a family favorite! :)