Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal that will be waiting for you when you get home and can be prepared even if you’re in a rush in the morning! You can also add the ingredients to a freezer bag and save it for later making this a perfect make ahead meal.

When I was pregnant with out first child I went through a crazy phase where I decided the entire deep freeze needed to be filled with enough meals to get us through the first six months of life with a baby. Enter slow cooker meals.

The slow cooker seemed like the perfect cooking tool to get us through the rough times. This Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken became a staple in our house.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken made with just the small amount of each ingredient listed leaves you with just enough liquid so the tops of the chicken can brown instead of becoming soggy and grey and the liquid left over (once you skim the oil off the top that the chicken has rendered off) is the perfect amount to spoon on top of your chicken.

There is no need to pull out the cornstarch here, there’s no soupy water to thicken. Just a delicious meal you can make even fancier with the addition of some parsley or sesame seeds to give the chicken a bit of color.

For Making Ahead: If you plan to assemble and freeze the ingredients, you just add them to a freezer back and freeze flat for more even defrosting. When you are ready to cook, take the bag from the freezer and let it defrost for 24 hours in your fridge first. Then cook according to the directions in the recipe card.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken uses pantry ingredients you have in your cupboard at this very moment (except the chicken, but I mean…). Ketchup? Soy Sauce? Honey? Garlic?

It doesn’t even take very much to make the Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken delicious. I am a huge fan of cooking in your slow cooker with small amounts of liquid. Too often a recipe will call for significant amounts of added liquids and you end up with completely watery soup.

If you’re looking for more slow cooker meals that leave out all the excess liquid, here is a great list:

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Tools Used In This Recipe:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Lite Soy Sauce: I am an admitted lover of salt but I don’t even own non-lite soy sauce. This is the one you want in your kitchen and if you use regular soy sauce expect that your result will be saltier.
Freezer Bags: Other brands may be more popular, but I have never had a bag burst/leak with this brand. I have however with Ziploc.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

4.74 from 15 votes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 chicken thighs , bone in skin on

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in the slow cooker until well mixed.
  2. Lay the chicken skin side up in a single layer and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

  3. If your chicken isn't browned on the top you can put it on a foil lined cookie sheet under a broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 167 calories, Calories: 167g, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 481mg, Potassium: 311mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 55g, Vitamin C: 0.7g, Calcium: 13g, Iron: 1g

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is the perfect weeknight meal with just five ingredients. Full of flavor and easy to make with pantry ingredients and almost no prep!

About the Author

Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Sabrina, I made this today with large boneless, skinless chicken breast. I made the sauce with the exact measurements from your recipe. It did not come out looking at all like the picture. The chicken was dried out, I probably should’ve cut it shorter time because it didn’t have skin. The sauce was very watered down. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can make it better next time?

    1. The chicken skin of the thighs helps to protect the moisture of the meat. The dark meat itself also performs better in the slow cooker, so using boneless skinless breast meat was the biggest problem. Was your chicken breast frozen when it went in? If not the watery part of this confuses me a little as I only add 6T of sauce ingredients to the recipe. There will be a small amount of liquid (which the chicken releases, but it’s really just enough to spoon over the chicken meat when serving. I hope you give the recipe another chance, it’s one of our go-to recipes.

  2. Um… it’s just 2 tablespoons of everything. The bottom of my cookers is just a thin film of honey, ketchup, and soy sauce. How do you have enough to cover the chicken??

    1. The chicken will cook down and release liquid too. At the end you can spoon the liquid over the top and pop it under the broiler if you want a nice crisp on the tops. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I was wondering if you could give me the nutritional values for this recipe. This is soooo good and my kids love it which is surprising but makes it even more amazing!!

    1. I’m in the process of updating all the recipes to show the nutritional info. Just completed this one for you. 🙂 So glad you all love it!

  4. 5 stars!!! Ibe made this now several times at least twice a month now for a few months!!! Its so easy and incredibly tender, moist, and delightfully delicious!!! Easy peasy and mine look just like the pictured ones!!! We have them served up over a bed of rice drizzled with a little sauce and broccoli! Has become a go to meal for us. I like that you can assemble everything ahead and freeze it for later use. Thank you will be making your whole chicke recipe next…have a really good feeling aboit it which I never would have had in the past!!!

  5. Made this twice now and was a big hit!!! The chicken is so tender, moist, and scrumptious it’s become a go to in our house at least twice a month!!! Quick, easy, and insanely delicious!!! Served over rice or riced cauliflower (that’s want I used) with a veggie it’s an easy peasy delightful meal!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!