Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken is very easy to make and full of flavor. Loaded with lots of garlic and perfectly juicy.

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Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken is one of the easiest dinners you can make. The chicken gets incredibly juicy and full of flavor. Cooked in sesame oil, soy sauce and LOTS of garlic, this meal is very satisfying.

Bonus points to the Slow Cooker for doing all the heavy lifting here, which means that this meal requires minimum prep time and work. I like serving the Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken over brown rice, with sesame seeds and some chopped green onions.

Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken Recipe Tips:

  • For the best results, please follow the recipe card instructions below. Also, there is a short recipe video attached which you can watch.
  • To get the chicken nice, brown and not soggy, make sure the chicken is NOT covered in liquid, for the tops to perfectly cook.
  • For best results, and crispier chicken on the outside, you can brown it for 2-3 minutes over high heat, before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • Also, if you are looking to make this recipe Gluten-Free, use Tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.
  • Do not replace the fresh garlic with powder garlic.
  • If you love garlic, add more garlic at your discretion. Similarly, use less garlic if it is not your thing.
  • For a spicier kick, add 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken?

Can I substitute pork for chicken?

Yes, pork is a great alternative for chicken in many recipes including this one. If you are going to use pork instead of chicken, I would recommend using pork chops or pork loin. The cooking time will also vary based on the cut that you choose. About 6-8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Can you freeze Garlic Sesame Chicken?

Yes, this dish can easily be frozen. Let the sauce from slow cooker cool completely before freezing. Transfer into freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags and add the chicken, making sure the chicken doesn’t overlap, or you may pull the skin when thawing. Label with the date, and freeze for up to 3-4 months, or longer if you use a deep freezer.

How do you thaw Garlic Sesame Chicken?

Transfer the frozen meal to your refrigerator the night before you wish to use it to allow it to thaw. Add the sauce to a saucepan and reheat it to at least 165 F before you consume it. Microwave the chicken or heat it up in the sauce, you can also put it in a hot oven until it warms up.

Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken

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Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Best Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken Recipe:

  • Crockpot – very reasonably priced and definitely a kitchen must-have if you are busy.
  • Soy Sauce – I like using lite say sauce in my recipes, as it has less sodium and its easier for me to control the saltiness of the dish, I always buy a large bottle like this one and keep it in my pantry.
  • Sesame Seeds – these little guys are perfect in Asian recipes, also sprinkled on salads and fish, a jar will last you a long time.

Watch Recipe step-by-step Video:

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Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 8 mins

Ingredients

  • 5-6  chicken thighs  (bone in and skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons  sesame oil 
  • 2 tablespoons  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup  chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup  lite soy sauce 
  • 2  garlic heads about 16 cloves  (minced)

Optional Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  water 

Garnish:

  •  green onions  (chopped)
  •  sesame seeds 

Instructions

  1. Brown the chicken thighs first, use 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, and brown them in a large skillet for 2-3 minutes. This step is to make sure your chicken is crispy, but you can skip it and just add all the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker and arrange the chicken skin side up in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.

Optional Cornstarch Slurry:

  1. If desired, to thicken the sauce, whisk in a small bowl the cornstarch with water until fully combined.

  2. Add the cornstarch mix to the slow cooker before when there are 30 minutes left of cooking. Stir gently to combine. Sauce will thicken while cooking.

Garnish and serve:

  1. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

  2. Serve with rice or noodles.

0 Calories: 297 Carbohydrates: 10 Protein: 17 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 92 Sodium: 1226 Potassium: 261 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 75 Vitamin C: 1.7 Calcium: 21 Iron: 1.2
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rashell

If I wanted to make this as a chicken dump recipe, would it work to brown chicken then put all ingredients in a freezer bag and freeze?

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Yes, it will!

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Sues

Ooh I've been trying to use my slow cooker more and think I need to try this recipe!

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Kiki

Can I marinate the mixture in the fridge overnight, or should I cook it immediately?

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Oh! Another question -- I was thinking of adding frozen veggies to it 1 hour before taking it off the heat, would this be a good idea?

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You can marinate it overnight :) it will taste even better.

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J White

Can I substitute the thighs for boneless skinless breasts?

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sure

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Melissa Roselli

Cab you use frozen chicken breasts?

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Yes, but it will be very different.

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