Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

by Amy on 20 November 2013

Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic ChickenSince I first acquired my crock-pot a little over a year ago, I have used it countless times to make tons of different recipes. I use it year ’round, in both the hot summer + the cool winter, on busy weekdays + lazy weekends alike. In short, I think it’s one of the greatest creations ever! So, when I’m making my weekly meal plan + have an empty spot available, I almost always think, I should try a new slow-cooker recipe. And that’s exactly how I stumbled across this fantastic recipe, for Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. And y’all, it turned out SOOO good.

I had never used bone-in chicken breasts in a slow-cooker recipe, but I used them here, as the recipe suggested. I am SO glad I did. While I’m sure boneless/skinless chicken breasts would’ve turned out great, the bone-in chicken made for the most tender, juicy slow-cooker chicken I’ve ever had. The sauce is delicious – sweet, tangy, + garlicky, with just a slight kick. Next time, I think I’ll try adding some fresh ginger + more crushed red pepper to the sauce to give it a little bit more punch + complexity. But it was still amazing just as it was – it was wonderful the first night, served with white rice + stir-fried veggies. And I loved it even more the second day, as the flavors has deepened, served with rice noodles. Y’all have to give this recipe a try – I think you’ll love it!

Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

serves 4, adapted from Just A Taste


3 large bone-in, skinless chicken breasts (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
sliced scallions, for garnish
sesame seeds, for garnish


Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in the bottom of the slow-cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin sauce, olive oil, garlic, onion + crushed red pepper flakes, then pour the sauce over the chicken. Turn the chicken breasts several times to coat well with the sauce. Cover the slow-cooker + cook on LOW for 4-5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked + fall-apart tender.

Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker (leave the liquid in the crock-pot) + place it on a cutting board or rimmed baking sheet. Remove the bones from the chicken, then, use two forks to shred the chicken. Place the shredded chicken into a separate large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry.

Pour the slow-cooker liquids into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat + whisk in the slurry. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer + cook until it has thickened slightly, about 3-4 minutes. Pour as much of the the sauce as you like over the shredded chicken, tossing to combine. You can use all the sauce to make a saucier chicken, or just a portion of the sauce, if you want a slightly less-saucy chicken.

Serve the chicken with white rice or rice noodles, topped with sliced scallions + sesame seeds.

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1 alexandra @ sweet betweens blog November 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

Served on rice noodles? You are the most brilliantest. These looks so flippin’ delicious and happily I think The Husband will love it, too!

2 amy November 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

It was good with white rice the first night, but it was amaaaaazing with rice noodles. What can I say, noodles beat rice almost any day in my book! =)

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? November 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

Om nom nom all over this! Putting this one on my slow cooker list!

4 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

i love slow cooker as well and this is going to be on my list to things to do along with 100 others :)

5 Jennie @themessybakerblog November 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I want this in my belly! This is going on my menu for sure.

6 Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Pinning this one! 😉

7 Rachel @ Bakerita November 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Mmm, I’ve admired this recipe on Just A Taste for so long! It looks so good, and so simple. Now seeing how amazing your looks, I really do need to try it. Yum!

8 Kelly November 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Yay, I love hearing when slow cooker recipes turn out great and this honey garlic chicken looks fabulous! Pinning to try, thanks for sharing Amy :)

9 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I’ve never used a bone-in chicken recipe in a slow cooker either, but I bet it turns out so much better! I always feel like my chicken is slightly dry – which seems impossible being in a slow cooker haha.

10 amy November 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

You’ve gotta try it with the bone-in! I was SO impressed with the results!

11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I LOVE easy twists on takeout favorites like this, Amy! Your slow cooker chicken looks to die for! I bet the leftovers are even better, too.

12 Tracey November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

One of our very favorite slow cooker recipes is a honey soy chicken – something tells me we’d like this one just as much, if not more! I’m so excited to add it to my menu!

13 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen November 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Yay, another delicious slow-cooker recipe for me! :)

14 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef November 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

this sounds so delicious! i’m a bit scared of bone in chicken, but i’d give it a try if this is so yummy :)

15 amy November 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Sarah, I was intimidated by the bone-in chicken, too, but it really was JUST as easy as the boneless, and the results wee amazing!!

16 Luv What You Do November 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I made this recipe and I LOVED it! It might be a new favorite in our house!

17 amy November 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

Isn’t it awesome? So glad you liked it as much as we did!

18 EA-The Spicy RD November 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

LOVE how simple this is, and all the slow cooker recipes you have recommended have turned out to be delicious, so adding this to mu slow cooking Pinterest board ASAP!

19 amy November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Awww, I’m so flattered that you’ve loved all my slow-cooker recommendations so far. Hope this one gets another thumbs up from you – I think it will!

20 Choc Chip Uru November 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

That chicken looks so lovely, I have heard garlic and honey are the best with chicken so my brother needs to try this – and all your recipes 😀


P.S I seem to have lost around 1000 subscribers on my blog and I don’t know how, so if you were subscribed, could you resubscribe please? it would really help me out!

21 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Blackberry jam into a slow cooker – how amazing is this – and how amazing must this smell?!

22 Adri November 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

WOW!! That sounds wonderful!

23 Monet November 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Hi Amy! Well, now I know what we’re making for dinner tomorrow night. This looks so good. I like cooking with bone-in breasts because I hear that you actually end up absorbing more of the nutrients when chicken is cooked with the bone! Thank you for sharing!

24 amy November 22, 2013 at 1:01 am

I didn’t know that Monet – awesome to know! You learn something new every day. =)

25 Kumar's Kitchen November 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

such glorious food….we are drooling….can’t wait to try this out :-)

26 Beth November 22, 2013 at 4:51 am

This recipe looks absolutely wonderful, Amy. I’ve already bookmarked it and can’t wait to try it! With all those great flavours, I’m sure it’s wonderful.

27 Amy (Savory Moments) November 22, 2013 at 5:29 am

I just love all these slow cooker ideas! This chicken looks really flavorful. I like to use bone-in chicken a lot of time in the slow cooker as well because it comes out so much more moist.

28 Karen (Back Road Journal) November 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

What a delicious sounding recipe. A slow cooker recipe is perfect for this busy time of the year.

29 ashley - baker by nature November 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

This looks like major comfort food! I need!

30 Audra H. Cooley November 24, 2013 at 5:57 am

Busy all day? Let your slow cooker do the cooking. In the morning prepare your slow cooker recipe, and in the evening a hearty home-cooked dinner will be waiting for you.

31 Kirsten November 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

This looks delicious, and I’m sitting here thinking that some of the other jams and butters I’ve put up would sub for the blackberry jam (since that is one of the few kinds I *don’t* have).

32 amy November 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

I think any sort of citrus jam would work fabulously, too. Or apricot! Or peach! Really, the possibilities are endless. =)

33 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker November 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

This sounds amazing Amy! I always thought using boneless breasts in slow cooker would dry out the meat. I love the idea of using boned-in breasts and this recipe looks mouthwatering! Have a great week and a happy Thanksgiving!

34 The Sketched Chef November 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

This dish is amazing!
And the fact that it’s all about slow cooking makes it even better.

35 Andrea Polak December 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

It sounds mouth watering. So I bought all the ingredients for it. But sadly, our market didnt have bone in. Only skinless boneless. So ill be using that as I always do. But question/ 4-5 hours on LOW? Everyone I’ve said that to says it must be a mistake. LOW? For only 4-5 hours? Are you sure? It’s 12:05 now so I need to know what to do so I can assure by 8:00 pm, dinner is ready. Help!!

36 amy December 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Andrea, Yep, 4-5 hours on low! If you’re worried, start it with 6 hours to spare to be extra sure. But chicken cooks MUCH quicker in the crock-pot than, say, beef or pork. Of course, slow-cooker cooking times can vary slightly depending on the make/model of your slow-cooker. Like I said, to be extra sure, give it 6 hours, but I’d check it after 4-5 hours and I betcha it’ll be done by then. If it is, you can just turn your slow-cooker to warm + it’ll stay hot til youre ready to eat it at 8 PM. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

37 todd December 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hi Amy, just received a 7-quart crock pot for Christmas and looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m totally new to c/p cooking but I was told that many meats (like chicken and pork) need to be pre-cooked or browned before putting them into the crock pot. Is this true? I’m not sure now after reading your last reply to Andrea. Thanks…

38 amy December 28, 2013 at 7:01 am

Hi Todd, with most crock-pot meals, I *do* like the sear/pre-brown the meat beforehand. It adds a nice additional layer of flavor + depth. However, I didn’t sear the chicken in this recipe, and I have to say that it still turned out amazing! I think because I used bone-in chicken, it had more flavor to begin with. So it’s up to you! I’d skip the searing in this particular recipe, but you certainly could to add even more flavor. Hope that helps!

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