365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Serves 4-6

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup lemon juice (I used bottled lemon juice, but fresh would be wonderful)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 (about...if you need more, use more) cup flour
1 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
1 1/2 to 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs OR bone-in chicken with skin removed

1.  Wash chicken and pat dry. 
2.  Dredge the chicken in flour and place in the slow cooker.
3.  Combine honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and tapioca in a small bowl.  Pour over the top of the chicken.
4.  Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW for 3-5 hours. 
5.  Serve chicken and sauce over brown rice.

This is such an easy recipe and it's pantry friendly.  The question is does it taste good...yes, yes it does.  It's sweet and tangy.  Because of the flour and tapioca the sauce comes out fairly thick and it's a beautiful color.  4 stars


  1. i bought tons of chicken on sale, can't wait to try this recipe out with it!!!!

  2. For realz.....yummy! I made it last week:)

  3. Made this recipe exactly as written except for adding water chestnuts. Everyone loved it and wanted it again! My daughter, who is not fond of Chinese food, suggested adding broccoli at the end of cooking time. I would like to add some heat but others would be turned off because it might be too spicy.

  4. Wao!!! Yummy!! I made it last week..
    Thanks for sharing this site...

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    Regards, Johny

  5. My boyfriend made the comment "something smells delicious!" when he walked in from work & proceeded to eat every bit of the honey garlic chicken (I had ONE piece of chicken and yes, it was super yummy). Incredibly easy & very flavorful.

    It will be served at least twice a month in this household! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  6. Made this tonight. Thought it was really yummy. Thanks!

  7. Could you use cornstarch instead of tapioca as a thickener in all your recipes that call for the tapioca?

  8. Lauren,
    if you want to use cornstarch add 1 tbsp that has been mixed with 1 tbsp water at the end of the cooking time. Stir it and then cook with the lid off on HIGH until it thickens. I just like tapioca because then you don't have to wait at the end. I also think you can taste the cornstarch a bit but the tapioca is indistinguishable. Good luck!