Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe -
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

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"Easy to prepare and very tasty. Can also be baked with the same results if you don't have a slow cooker. Serve over rice."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 20 mins


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook chicken thighs just until evenly browned on all sides. Place thighs in a slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and reserved pineapple juice. Pour into the slow cooker.
  3. Cover, and cook 4 hours on High. Stir in pineapple tidbits just before serving.
  4. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Remove thighs from slow cooker. Blend the cornstarch mixture into remaining sauce in the slow cooker to thicken. Serve sauce over the chicken.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 05, 2008

Using the suggestions of some of the other reviewers, I didn't bother to brown the chicken first. [I'm of the same mindset, I want to have a one-pot meal and not bother dirtying other pots/pans] I put a cup of uncooked rice in the bottom of the crockpot first. I used scant powdered ginger instead of fresh, about 6 lightly smashed big cloves of garlic, and a couple of shots of teriyaki marinade & a splash or 2 of dry sherry. I skipped the last thickening step with cornstarch; my "secret" to thickening many slow cooked soups and sauces is to add some instant mashed potatoes. It came out great, the mashed potato wasn't noticable at all. Everyone Loved It!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2007

Okay so the thing that attracted me to this recipe was the honey and garlic and slow cooker parts. I stuck to the recipe to the letter and mine did NOT look anything like the picture. I should have taken the advice of other reviewers to reduce cooking time. My chicken was dark dark brown. The sauce didn't thicken at all and so I had to pour it into a saucepan and boil it up - which sort of defeats my theory of using only the slow cooker for a meal. Anyways, it was alright but as far as soy - ginger - garlic pineapple sauces go, I have had better. Sorry, won't make this again. Couple suggestions which might make this better: reduce soy sauce amounts, substitute some chicken broth like another cook suggested, use more ginger and honey...

Dec 19, 2007

Easy recipe to make. I agree with most of the reviewers. I substituted four skinless, boneless chicken breasts for the recipe, and did not brown. Just put all of the marinade right into the crock pot, mixed it (careful of splashing), added the breasts, and cooked on high for 2 hours. THen lowered it to "low" for one hour, added the pineapple, 15 minutes, and done. Added cornstarch - thickened right up. Don't be deceived - the recipe smells WAY too "ginger-y" but does not taste that way. IF I was going to go strictly on scent, I would have said "this is going to be disgusting." When I tasted it, though, I was reminded that ginger is WAY more aromatic than it is gustatory, so it tastes very balanced. Thanks!

Oct 14, 2005

Wow, this dish is fabulous. It reminds me of terriaki chicken but with a heavier garlic taste to it. I made it with just 3 chicken breasts, because we didn't need any more than that. I made the full amount of sauce. I did brown my chicken in a frying pan sprayed with pam, however I believe that next time I will skip this part as it seems unnecessary. The chicken turns a nice brown color from the sauce so it seems odd to try to brown it first as well. I also did not have fresh ginger so I substituted 1 tsp of ground ginger. I also did not have a can of pineapple tidbits. So I just put in one small can of pineapple juice, I think it was about 6 oz. I also scooped out the little pieces of garlic before I put in my cornstarch mixture. I think that next time I will leave the garlic whole and that will make it easier to take out later. Of course this is just a personal preference not to have chunks of garlic in my sauce. That is all that I changed and it turned out great! I served it with white rice and put some of the sauce on the rice. My kids did not want to eat it at first, but after they tasted it they said it was good. Thank you!!!

May 01, 2006

This recipe was UNBELIEVABLE! I'm not a chicken person, but my husband is, and we BOTH loved this recipe. I didn't use the 10 chicken thighs that the recipe called for. Instead, I used a 1lb. package of chicken breasts and cut the recipe for the sauce in half (approx.) I only had to cook the chicken for about 2 hours since there was so little compared to the original recipe - which was nice becuase I could still make it after work and eat at a decent hour. I didn't even bother to thicken the sauce, and I served it over white rice. SO flavorful - I'll be making this one on a regular basis.

Apr 14, 2007

So good! My son loved it. I served it with Jasmine Rice and broccoli. It tasted like Chinese takeout, tastes close to General Tso sauce! I did take the advice to not cook for the full recommended time, so it turned out perfect!

Jun 01, 2007

I have made this a bunch of times and it is always great. Make sure you check on it periodically – I’ve had the majority of the sauce evaporate on me. This recipe is so easy and the flavor is terrific.

Apr 24, 2006

My family loved this and I liked it, too. I used chicken breasts (on bone with skin removed) and after 4 hours they were perfect. I substituted a healthy amount of chopped candied ginger for the fresh with good results. i didn't have other reviewers issue of one flavor overpowering the rest. Flavors are strong, but well balanced. Thank you for a great crock pot recipe that doesn't require cream soups from a can!


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  • Calories
  • 235 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 13 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 724 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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