Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
(This recipe is from way back in 2011 and it severely needed a new picture to go with it.) This slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs–my favorite chicken to make in the slow cooker. I love cooking with chicken thighs in the slow cooker because they do so well with the low temps and the long cooking times. The collagen turns to gelatin and the chicken becomes so easy to shred. You can also use bone-in chicken for this recipe, if you prefer. But if you do, make sure to remove the skin first or else it just gets rubbery and gross. I added broccoli to the slow cooker after the chicken was done cooking but if I were to make this again I would just serve the broccoli on the side. I didn’t necessarily love the way the lemon juice/honey mixture went with the broccoli.
Other Asian slow cooker recipes
If you love this recipe make sure to try these other slow cooker Asian chicken favorites.
Slow cooker orange chicken from Averie Cooks
Crockpot honey sesame chicken from Table for Two
What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
For this slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker. I love this slow cooker (you can see me talking about it in a video here). It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.
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An easy Asian crockpot recipe for tender chicken thighs in a lemon, soy sauce, honey and garlic sauce.
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice*
- 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 lb frozen broccoli florets**
- Wash chicken and pat dry.
- Dredge the chicken in flour and place in the slow cooker.
- Combine honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and tapioca in a small bowl. Pour over the top of the chicken.
- Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW for 3-5 hours.
- Serve chicken and sauce over brown rice.
*This amount used to be 1/3 cup. After trying it a few different ways I decided that was way too much lemon juice. I changed it to a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons. If you’re unsure on how much lemon juice you’d like to have start with the 1 1/2 tablespoons and if you think it needs more you can always add more at the end of the cooking time.
**I added some frozen broccoli florets straight to the slow cooker after the chicken was through cooking. But if I were to make this again I would serve the broccoli on the side. I didn’t necessarily love how the broccoli tasted with the lemon honey sauce.
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