Easy Crockpot Sesame Chicken


I like recipes that are easy. I like recipes in the Crockpot. I like recipes that have chicken. So Easy Crockpot Sesame Chicken is one of my favs because I have to do a total of 10 minutes of work for a dinner that tastes like Chinese take-out. My life gets a little cray cray sometimes, especially with 3 kids, two animals, and a small business, so I really do try to keep dinner simple. I’m just not a frilly girl! Hahahaha! But I am a foodie and I promise this recipe passes the foodie-without-frills test. Here’s how to make it:

Take 1.5 to 2 pounds of chicken breast and chop it up into 1 inch pieces. Thigh meat would also work fine in this recipe though the chicken breast will make for thicker pieces. Layer the chicken on the bottom of the Crockpot.

In a large measuring cup, measure out 1/2 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce, and 1/2 cup of chopped onion. Then mix in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and 4 teaspoons of cornstarch. Lastly, add in 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Roll a whisk between your palms to mix this all together. Be sure to get all the sticky honey at the bottom.

Speaking of tomato paste, have you seen this new tomato paste squeeze bottle? Ummmm, why am I only just now learning about it?!?! Now I won’t have half-filled cans in my fridge anymore! I always feel so guilty when I can’t use the whole can.

Now pour it over the sesame chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 2.5-3 hours, stirring occasionally. While it is cooking, prepare some white or brown rice according to package instructions.

The sesame chicken will smell heavenly when you lift the lid!

Now all you need to do is spoon the sesame chicken on top of a bed of rice and add some sesame seeds and green onions. I also steamed some broccoli to put on the side.

Not only is this a super easy weeknight meal, but it also makes for great meal prep on the weekends. Sometimes I will double or triple the amount of sesame chicken and then scoop it out into lunch portions for my husband and I to eat throughout the week. We both look forward to an already-made lunch that will taste great when nuked for a minute or two.

If this looks yummy to you, you are bound to love my 5 Ingredient Crockpot Orange Chicken and my Loaded Vegetable Chow Mein. They are great Asian dishes that taste nearly as good as take out! And for other Crockpot family meals like Baby-Back Ribs with Homemade Rub and 3 Ingredient Crockpot Buffalo Drumsticks visit my Recipe Index or Pinterest Boards. Happy cooking y’all!

Crockpot Sesame Chicken

Heidi Davison
Crockpot sesame chicken is an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love. It also works great for meal prepping on the weekends. Serve it over a hot bed of rice with your favorite veggie.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • 2 lbs chicken breast cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tsps cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Toppings: sesame seeds and chopped green onions
  • Prepared rice and veggies for serving


  • Place the chicken pieces in the bottom of the Crockpot.
  • Stir the remaining ingredients (through the red pepper flakes) in a large measuring cup.
  • Pour the liquid onto the chicken pieces and stir.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  • Spoon sesame chicken on top of rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • Serve warm with your favorite veggie.


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  • Great chicken recipe. I made this last night and it was easy
    and delicious. I would just add that I would brown
    the meat first before adding to crockpot. Definitely would make
    this again and again.

    • Thanks for trying it Maryanne! And I think your idea of browning it first is a great one!

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