Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the slow cooker chicken version of popular Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken. As a big fan of honey garlic sauce, I’ve couldn’t resist making an easy shrimp recipe with it too. These recipes are sweet, savory, garlicky and sticky comfort food!
How to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
Start by mixing the sauce ingredients together in a bowl: honey, garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and oregano. Then chop the potatoes, carrots and onions and add to the slow cooker along with the chicken pieces. Finally pour the sauce on top, and seal the lid of the crockpot.
There are normally two cooking settings: low and high. If you want it sooner, cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours. Otherwise, set on low and it will take 6 to 8 hours (but you can leave it on for more than 8 hours). As dinnertime nears, add in then green beans to cook for 15-20 minutes until bright green. Then it’s ready for serving…
How to Use Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot Properly
The best part of slow cooker is that you can throw in the ingredients into the crockpot the morning, and its ultra-slow simmer produces a complete meal by dinnertime with a mouthwatering aroma in your kitchen to boot.
That’s why slow cookers have become the answer to easy weeknight meals, and busy weekends too. Some of my favorite slow cooker recipes include Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken and Slow Cooker Beef Stew.
Some people are not convinced to leave it on all day while no one is home, but most crock pots are designed to be left cooking on the countertop unattended. It is quite safe as long as you use it properly. Here are some tips on how to use your crock pot:
- Place it on a Clean and Flat Heatproof Surface: Place your crock pot on a clean and flat surface with the cord tucked away properly. It’s best to place it on a granite countertop, and avoid wooden surface. Also make sure the crock pot has enough room to breathe. Keep it several inches away from any objects such as walls, wooden furniture, etc.
- Understand How Long Different Meats Need to Be Cooked: Different types of meat and different sizes requires different cook time. Below is some general guidance on how long to cook them in the slow cooker
- Chicken thighs (Bone-in): 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low
- Chicken Breasts: 2 to 2 ½ hours on High or 5 to 6 hours on Low
- Whole Chicken (6 lbs): 6 to 6 ½ hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low
- Turkey Breasts (Bone-in): 6 to 6 ½ hours on High or 7 to 8 hours on Low
- Beef Roast (4 lbs): 5 ½ hours to 6 hours on High or 8 hours on Low
- Pork Loin (4 lbs): 5 hours on High and 6 hours on Low
- Pork Butt Roast (6 lbs): 7 ½ hours on High and 9 ½ hours on Low
- How to Avoid Over-cooking or Under-cooking: First, make sure to fill your slow cooker is filled ½ to ¾ full to conform to the recommended cook time, with the exception of some dessert recipes. Second, if there is a range of time given from a recipe, always check your dish at the earliest time given and only cook longer if needed.
- Set the Crock Pot on Low If Unattended: If you plan to let the crock pot cooking away while you are not at home, set it to lowest setting. In case you find yourself running late, the food won’t be overcooked.
- Keep Pets Away: If you have curious pets at home while you are away, make sure they don’t have access to your crock pot.
Tips and Secrets for Making Best Slow Cooker Chicken
- Select the largest chicken thighs you can find, since they shrink during cooking; skinless thighs are the healthiest option.
- It’s best not to substitute white meat chicken, since it tends to get chewy in the slow cooker
- Add green vegetables at the end only before serving for a splash of color
- Consider broiling the chicken for 2-3 minutes before serving for additional color
- Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley on top for a beautiful serving presentation
- Using low sodium soy sauce will give you some flexibility to adjust saltiness before serving.
How to Make Honey Garlic Glaze
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and vegetables from the slow cooker, leaving the sauce in the pot.
- Mix together 2 teaspoon cornstarch with 3 tablespoon water, and add the mixture to the slow cooker. Mix well.
- Cover with lid and cook for about 10 more minutes on high until the sauce has thickened.
If you wish, you can also pour the liquid into a degreasing pitcher to separate out the fat before boiling. It only takes a minute to separate and this step makes the honey garlic glaze healthier.
How to Serve Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
- Broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes before serving for additional color
- Transfer chicken, potato and vegetables to a plate.
- Drizzle the thickened honey garlic glaze on top of chicken and vegetables
Special Equipment To Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
Watch how to make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken:
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with Veggies (with Video)
The easiest, most unbelievably delicious Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken With Veggies. It’s one of my favorite crock pot recipes. Succulent chicken cooked in honey, garlic, soy sauce and mixed vegetables for a complete meal.
Chicken and Vegetables
- 2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in
- 1 pound baby red potatoes halved
- 1 pound carrots peeled
- 1 cup onions chopped
- 1 pound green beans trimmed
- fresh parsley chopped, for serving optional
- salt and pepper to taste
Honey Garlic Sauce
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato paste
- 2 tsp oregano
- In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, oregano and ketchup.
- In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, add chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and onions and finally sauce mixture on top.
Cover the slow cooker tightly and cook at high setting for 2 1/2 hours or the low setting for 6-8 hours.
- Before serving, add the green beans and cook for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you may wish to broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes for a crispy skin.
- Remove the chicken and vegetables to serving plates. Spoon sauce on top and sprinkle on optional parsley. Enjoy!
Editor Note: Post updated 12/18/2018 with additional detail on slow cooking.