Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts – delicious tender chicken breasts slow cooked in a thick, rich honey garlic sauce!

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If you love sweet and savory chicken, and want a recipe that is truly set and forget it – this simple, delicious dinner is for you!

Sticky-sweet honey garlic sauce covers chicken as it cooks in a slow cooker or crock pot for four hours, bringing you tender, delicious, juicy chicken breasts that please even picky eaters.

This is one dinner that you can feel good about making your family again and again – and it’s so simple and easy, with very minimal cleanup.

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Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken

This recipe is a family favorite because it is so simple and easy, and because:

  • This chicken is LOADED with sweet and savory flavor, thanks to honey, ketchup, sriracha, and soy sauce!
  • Honey garlic chicken is truly set it and forget it – you toss the ingredients into the slow cooker, go about your day, and come back to dinner!
  • You can add more heat by stirring in chili paste or sriracha – the sky is the limit!
  • Toss in broccoli or other vegetables for a one pot dinner that even picky eaters will gobble up – just add them halfway through your chicken’s cooking time.

How To Cook Honey Garlic Chicken In The Slow Cooker

This honey garlic chicken is truly easy, with simple ingredients and a really straightforward method – but there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind for a perfect dinner, every time.

We’re sharing our top tips for perfect slow cooker honey garlic chicken below:

  • Don’t grease slow cooker – we simply put a little bit of oil at the bottom before laying chicken breasts into the pan and then add the sauce on top.
  • Let chicken cook in the sauce, which will still be thin when chicken is done cooking. Then remove chicken and heat sauce in slow cooker to thicken, spoon over chicken to serve.

How To Thicken Honey Garlic Sauce

The sauce we cook the chicken in will be a bit thin when your chicken is done – which I prefer – but you can easily thicken it (my kids like it thicker) by stirring in a little cornstarch and heating it in the slow cooker after removing the chicken. This step takes only about 5 minutes, which is how long you want to let your chicken rest before serving. Spoon sauce over chicken when it has thickened to serve!

We’re adding a couple of our top tips for perfect rich, thick honey garlic sauce below:

  • We like using instant cornstarch so you don’t have to make a slurry – it is formulated to dissolve immediately into food without clumping. While you can certainly make a slurry with regular cornstarch, I love just getting the quick kind to save a step!
  • Sauce will thicken even more once removed from heat – don’t over thicken. Pull just a little thinner than you would like it from the heat and see how it sets up.
  • Top with sesame seeds after sauce has set.
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Tips to Perfect Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts

Slow cooker chicken has a sort of bland, white appearance – if you want a better look to your chicken, you can lightly brown it in a pan before adding to your slow cooker. This will make your chicken a bit more appetizing looking if you are serving this for a dinner party.

Set and forget this dish with confidence, but don’t overcook your chicken – it will cause the chicken meat to either dry out and become tough, or turn your chicken meat to mush – instead of tender, juicy chicken we’re going for with this recipe. Don’t cook for 6 hours when 4 does the trick!

Arrange enough chicken to fill the bottom of your slow cooker’s pan. Don’t stack chicken on top of each other for the most even cooking.

You can flip chicken to cook more evenly, but it is not necessary.

What to Serve With Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

We love serving this chicken with our Chinese style green beans, air fried broccoli, basmati rice, or roasted asparagus – but it goes with lots of delicious and easy side dishes.

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Recipe FAQs

When is chicken done?

Chicken is fully cooked at 165 degrees internal temperature when probed with a meat thermometer at the thickest part of the chicken breast.
We’re looking for a soft texture that can shred or cut with light pressure from a fork or knife.

How long can honey garlic chicken be stored?

This recipe can last in the fridge for up to four days in an airtight container.

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Slow cooker chicken with garlic and honey sauce.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts – delicious tender chicken breasts slow cooked in a thick, rich honey garlic sauce!
Course Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, crock pot, main, main dishes, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 371kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon instant foodstarch ultragel or 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water slurry
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Sliced green onions for garnish


  • In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, honey, garlic, lime, oil, sriracha, salt, pepper and whisk until well combined.
  • Add to a bag or large bowl with chicken breasts and cover. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Add to slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  • When chicken has reached 165 degrees internal temperature, remove from slow cooker and set aside.
  • Stir in foodstarch or cornstarch slurry and whisk into sauce to let thicken, boiling on high as it reduces.
  • Stir in sesame seeds and green onions or parsley, for garnish.
  • Spoon sauce over chicken, serve.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 678mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Sally Ann Tirey says:

    No recipe here for this Honey Chicken,

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Weird glitch – fixed it!