This easy recipe for slow cooker sticky chicken cooks low and slow in a orange honey soy sauce that is super flavorful!
Why we love this recipe
Like so many other slow cooker recipes I love (I’m looking at you, slow cooker beef barley soup!) this easy sticky chicken recipe is one that looks like you spent all day slaving over a hot sticky stove.
When back in real life, you spent fifteen minutes tossing the ingredients into your trusty slow cooker, going about your day and then spent another ten minutes finishing up the sweet and tangy sauce.
And speaking of that sauce, it’s a scrumptious combo of sweet and savory that takes your chicken dinner to a whole new level.
What is sticky chicken?
There are lots of variations on this favorite chicken dinner, most of which combine honey and soy sauce with other ingredients to make a cross between a marinade and a sauce.
And while I have nothing against any kind of delicious chicken dinner cooked in a skillet, if there is an option to have the same scrumptiousness made in the slow cooker, I am ALL IN.
Chicken cooked low and slow for hours in the slow cooker is not only fall apart tender, but in this case the honey and soy sauce join forces with some orange juice and ginger and garlic to make a glorious marinade for the chicken to cook in…AND a delectable sticky sauce to serve it with!
Ingredients you need
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Soy Sauce: We always recommend low sodium – you can always add more salt, but you can’t take it out.
- Chicken: Prefer chicken thighs? You can swap them in, just make sure they are boneless.
- Orange: Any variety is fine.
- Ground Ginger: You can find this in the spice aisle.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
How to make this recipe
Step 1: Combine some honey, soy sauce, orange juice, orange peel and ground ginger in a bowl and mix well with a fork or a whisk.
Step 2: Add the chicken and toss until it’s well coated.
Step 3: Put the chicken and sauce into the slow cooker. 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.
Step 4: Whisk a little cornstarch and 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.
Step 5: Divide the chicken among plates, drizzle with sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve! (One note here – you can serve the chicken whole, 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!)
It can! And as with many slow cooker recipes, the flavors may even deepen and be MORE delicious. When you are ready to serve, simply turn your slow cooker on high until it is warmed up (keep in the fridge in the meantime).
Soy sauce is usually found in the International Foods section of your supermarket. I always advise using the low-sodium kind…you can always add salt if you need it, but you can’t take it out.
You can! You’ll want to use a little more though – about a tablespoon as opposed to the teaspoon of the ground dried version.
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Want to round out your meal?
We like serving this flavorful chicken dinner with rice, and if you want to get extra fancy you can cook up this coconut rice pilaf for even MORE flavor!
Other chicken slow cooker recipes we love
Three cheers for the slow cooker…and for sticky chicken!
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