Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is a set it and forget it five ingredient recipe that is sweet, spicy, and full of garlic and ginger flavors!

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is a set it and forget it five ingredient recipe that is sweet, spicy, and full of garlic and ginger flavors!Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken takes almost no effort at all and you’ll LOVE the dinner you end up with. The leftover sauce is so good I often add a cornstarch slurry to it and cook it on the stove top to thicken it. Then I add it to everything!

On top of the chicken of course, but also over rice the next day. I actually sometimes will use leftover rice and use this thickened sauce as s mix in for a quick fried rice.

Mongolian Beef is actually one of the most popular recipes on the site, so a chicken version is long overdue! I actually also have a ground mongolian beef recipe coming up, with such an easy set of ingredients all things Mongolian beef are a huge hit in out house.

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Some tips/tricks about this Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken:

  • I used spices instead of fresh ginger and garlic to mix things up and make this a true pantry recipe. I also found it had better texture in recipe testing as minced ginger tends to get chewy in an unpleasant way in the slow cooker.
  • Dark brown sugar adds an extra depth of flavor because of added molasses. If you only have light brown sugar it will work too, but flavors won’t be as deep.
  • I always use lite soy sauce to keep the sodium/salty flavor in check. Careful if using regular soy sauce.
  • I keep the green onions out of this dish because they got a bit slimy in the slow cooker during testing. If you add them fresh in the last five minutes, I’m sure it would be delicious!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is the perfect pantry recipe!

Can I make this Mongolian Chicken in the oven?

Yes, absolutely. Keep the chicken in a smaller baking pan, perhaps an 8×8 or 9×13 pan (if using a few more pieces of chicken) and keep things cozy to keep the liquids around the chicken. Cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Can I make this Mongolian Chicken in a skillet?

YES! You may want to use sliced/diced chicken thigh meat and add a bit of canola oil to the pan first. Then brown the chicken on medium high heat for 4-6 minutes on each side and add in the remaining ingredients until caramelized and cooked through.

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Tools Used in this Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken 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.
Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman has the best flavor overall and I always recommend reduced sodium.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

5 from 19 votes
  • Yield: 5 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is a set it and forget it five ingredient recipe that is sweet, spicy, and full of garlic and ginger flavors!

Ingredients

  • 5 chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

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

  1. Mix all the ingredients and set the chicken into the slow cooker skin side up.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

  3. Garnish with sesame seeds or green onions (optional).

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 Servings, Amount per serving: 339 calories, Calories: 339g, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 741mg, Potassium: 285mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 90g, Calcium: 30g, Iron: 1.2g

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is a set it and forget it five ingredient recipe that is sweet, spicy, and full of garlic and ginger flavors!
5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is the perfect pantry recipe!

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    1. You can always swap out boneless, skinless thighs to reduce the amount of fat in the dish. I don’t recommend boneless skinless breasts though.

  1. Have made this dish several times. My husband, who is a fussy eater, even loves it. He likes it paired with yellow rice.

    1. You may need to cut the cook time by a half an hour to an hour but thighs are still better than breasts. 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. Delicious. Used minced garlic from a jar and it tasted fine. I only had full sodium soy sauce so added around 1/2 cup water to cooker. Then added more when thickening liquid. Otherwise it was too salty. The sauce was still delicious and not watery. Thanks to Eileen for her question — I would have put the sauce on top, too. Such an easy and tasty recipe.

  3. I gave this recipe a try over the weekend and absolutely loved it! One day I baked the chicken instead of using the slow cooker because I was pressed for time and it still came out great. The next day I had thighs left over from the day before so I decided to give the slow cooker recipe a try and it was even better! This will be a repeat recipe, so simple and tasty! Thank you, Sabrina!

  4. This recipe is super simple, and delicious. After a hard day at work, it was nice to come home to the delicious smell. I used chicken legs instead of thighs. Love it, and passed it on to several friends.

  5. This looks delicious! If I wanted to use, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, would I reduce the cooking time since the chicken is not on the bone? Thank you.

        1. Maybe 30 min to an hour less? The problem is that the bone and skin help protect it from drying out so I would just watch it as you want to catch it in that sweet spot of being cooked but not dried out. Good luck!

  6. Hi Sabrina! I love this recipe, but accidentally bought skinless, boneless chicken thighs at Aldi this week. Would wrapping them in turkey bacon help keep the chicken moist?

    1. You’ll want to wrap them in regualar bacon. I don’t think turkey bacon has enough fat in them to keep the chicken moist. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out.

  7. I always double recipes as I have a giant family and some of them growing boys that can eat a lot, lol. With that said i have a giant 8 qt. crockpot. I have the space. I sample a lot of recipes for crockpot because my hubs and I Coach youth soccer so we need dinner ready waiting for our fam. Some of our favs are ones with Asian flavors. This one is a keeper! Have made it twice already! Love it!

    1. You really don’t want to crowd the slow cooker so I’d suggest using two different slow cookers or making this in the oven.

  8. Do you put the sauce in before or after the chicken?  Sounds silly to ask, just want to get it right the first time around!
    I have a broken foot and am hobbling around. This sounds so simple and delicious.  Thanks for posting!
    Eileen, Coronado, CA

    1. Not a silly question at all! Mix the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker and then put the chicken on top of it.

      Hope you’re recovering well!

    2. Great question…thanks! I would have put the sauce over the chicken! I’m making this tomorrow. Thanks again

  9. Made this on Sunday for Monday night dinner. Tastes great!!! Thickened the sauce on the stove and will serve with rice and broccoli.

  10. Have a question.. Could you make this Mongolian chicken in a pressure cooker, instead of a slow cooker?? Just curious, making it one way or the other. Thanks

    1. I’ve never tested it so I don’t feel comfortable suggesting it but I’m sure you’ll be able to find another recipe online with similar ingredients to follow. Let me know how it works out if you decide to try it.

  11. Made this! I added in some red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup of water. It was amazing and soo so tender. My girlfriend hasn’t stopped raving about it. Will make again!

    1. I usually don’t recommend using skinless chicken breast in the slow cooker as it can tend to dry out. As long as you know that going in, you could definitely give it a try.

    2. I used 2 lbs. of Tyson boneless skinless chicken tenderloins cut into 1 inch cubes. I doubled the sauce. I only had light brown sugar so I added molasses (1 cup light brown sugar + 1Tbsp. molasses = 1 cup dark brown sugar). I also cut the ground ginger in half (I ran out) and added a couple of tsps. of Hoisin Sauce. I stirred the chicken into the sauce and turned the crock-pot to High for 2 hours and Low for 2 hours. One more thing, I wanted some color in it so the last hour I stirred in sliced Vidalia onion and sliced red bell pepper. It is an awesome recipe and I will definitely be making it again.