Once you take a bite of this easy and flavorful Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken, you're going to want to put it on your meal plan week after week. The combination of soy sauce, sweet honey, garlic, and spicy chili paste is perfect and makes a thick, delicious sauce to coat your chicken.
Cooking chicken in the Crock-Pot is one of our favorite ways to make dinner. We are all in when the recipe is as easy as adding the ingredients to the slow cooker, setting it, and forgetting it! This simple recipe for Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is one of those easy crockpot meals.
All you need are a few simple pantry staples, and you have a delicious dinner prepared in less than 10 minutes!
On top of being super simple to make, our family loves this recipe because it's so versatile. You can enjoy it as a main dish with a side of veggies or place it on top of a bed of rice for a complete meal everyone in the family will enjoy.
This recipe is in rotation about as much as our Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken because we love them so much.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic and Parmesan and Slow Cooker Chicken Soup are other slow-cooked recipes we highly recommend.
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This simple crockpot chicken recipe is made with a few delicious ingredients that combine to create a flavorful dish. The flavors are enhanced when cooked in a slow cooker.
The slow cooking time gives all those flavors a chance to develop, resulting in a rich sauce and flavorful chicken that pairs well with various sides.
To make our honey garlic crockpot recipe, you'll need:
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Low-sodium Soy sauce
- Tomato paste
- Chili paste
- Rice vinegar
How to Make - Step By Step Instructions
This easy slow cooker recipe is perfect for any occasion. It's great for a quick weeknight meal with the family or a main dish for a big Sunday supper.
Either way, you need to grab your ingredients, mix up your sauce, and toss everything in the crockpot to cook all day while you move on to more important tasks.
Step 1 - Add Chicken to Crock
Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
Step 2 - Mix Sauce Ingredients
Before adding the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, mixing up the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl is a good idea. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, chili paste, garlic, and rice vinegar in a medium bowl until well combined.
Step 3 - Add Sauce to Crock
Pour the mixture over the chicken until all the thighs are evenly coated.
Make sure to cover all the chicken with the sauce.
Step 4 - Cover + Cook
Cover and cook on low for four to five hours or high for two to three hours. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.
Tip: We prefer chicken cooked on low in the crockpot because it doesn't overcook.
Step 4 - Flip Chicken
To coat both sides of the chicken thighs with the delicious sauce, take a minute to flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
Step 5 - Shred Chicken and Add Cornstarch
Remove your honey garlic chicken to a plate and let it cool slightly.
While the chicken is cooling, whisk the cornstarch into the liquid remaining in the slow cooker.
Turn the crockpot to high, then shred the chicken and add it back into the crock.
Place the lid back on the crockpot and cook on high for around 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve over rice or vegetables.
Can You Put Raw Chicken in the Slow Cooker?
Absolutely! Chicken usually cooks in 4-6 hours, depending on how much liquid is in the recipe. The beauty of a slow cooker is that you can place all your ingredients in the crockpot, set your time, and then come back to a delicious meal.
The crockpot comes to a safe cooking temperature right away, so there is no need to be concerned about placing the raw chicken in with your other ingredients.
We love this recipe just as it is, but it's so versatile that it's simple to make substitutions to these crockpot honey garlic chicken thighs. Here are some easy substitutions you can make to our recipe:
- Swap boneless, skinless chicken breasts for chicken thighs. If you prefer white meat chicken, use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs in this recipe.
- Use crushed red pepper or hot sauce instead of chili paste. If you don't have chili paste on hand, consider substituting the same amount of crushed red pepper or hot sauce.
- Substitute apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar. If you don't have rice vinegar in your pantry, try using apple cider vinegar instead. The mild flavor of apple cider vinegar makes it a great alternative to rice vinegar in this recipe.
What to Serve With Your Chicken
If you're wondering what to serve with this delicious chicken dish, don't worry! Various delicious side dishes would pair perfectly with our honey garlic chicken thighs, including vegetables or rice.
Do you need some ideas for the perfect side for your honey garlic chicken? Try one of these simple recipes:
- Perfectly cooked quinoa
- One-pot veggie mac and cheese
- Roasted asparagus with lemon
- Roasted brussels sprouts
How to Store
You can store this recipe in an airtight container for 4-5 days in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the microwave.
Honey Garlic Chicken Freezer Meal
There are two ways to make this recipe and keep it in the freezer for later use.
Option 1 for the Freezer
Place all your ingredients in an airtight container, and then freeze before cooking. Take the container out of the freezer the night before cooking it to defrost it. The next day, place the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook as instructed.
Option 2 for the Freezer
Make and cook the recipe as instructed, and then place it in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months. If you follow our tips for preventing freezer burn, you should be good to go.
Make sure to label and date your container!
More Easy Crock Pot Chicken Recipes
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Tips & Tricks
- We prefer chicken thighs in this recipe because they stay tender and juicy. However, you can use chicken breasts as well.
- If you'd like to make this recipe gluten-free, substitute a gluten-free Tamari sauce for the soy sauce.
- This recipe is made for a 6-quart crockpot.
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Easy Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe
- Crock Pot
- 1 ½ pounds boneless (skinless chicken thighs (or chicken breasts))
- ⅓ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons chili paste
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
- Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, chili paste, garlic, and rice vinegar in a medium bowl until well combined.
- Pour the mixture over the chicken until all the thighs are evenly coated. Make sure to coat all the chicken with the sauce—cover and cook on low for four to five hours or high for two to three hours. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.
- To coat both sides of the chicken thighs with the delicious sauce, take a minute to quickly flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time, if possible.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and let it cool slightly. While the chicken is cooling, whisk the cornstarch into the liquid remaining in the slow cooker. Turn the crock pot to high, then shred the chicken and add it back into the crock. Place the lid back on the crock pot and cook on high for around 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve over rice or vegetables.
- We prefer chicken thighs in this recipe because they stay tender and juicy. However, chicken breasts can be used as well.
- If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, substitute a gluten-free Tamari sauce for the soy sauce.
- This recipe is made for a 6-quart crock pot.