recipe for slow cooker sticky chicken

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian


This easy recipe for slow cooker sticky chicken cooks low and slow in a orange honey soy sauce that is super flavorful!


  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Juice and peel from one orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Spray a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Combine the honey, soy sauce, orange juice and peel and ginger in a bowl and mix well with a fork. Add the chicken and toss until well coated, and then put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours until the chicken is cooked through (you can test with an instant read thermometer – it should read 165 degrees). Take the chicken out and keep it warm under a piece of foil.
  4. Whisk the cornstarch and the water together and pour into the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker to high and let the sauce cook until it thickens up just a little stirring frequently, about 10 minutes or so.  Taste and add salt and pepper until it seasoned up the way you like it.
  5. Divide the chicken among plates, drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve!



Chicken: You can serve the chicken in whole pieces, or you can shred it and dunk it back in the sauce – we’ve tried it both ways and we like the shredded way best but you be you!)

Soy Sauce: We prefer low-sodium soy sauce (always!) because while you can always add salt, you can’t take it out!  You can find it right next to the regular soy sauce.