Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken is very easy to make and full of flavor. Loaded with lots of garlic and perfectly juicy.
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 Tips:
- 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.
- 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. Or use less if garlic 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?
- Mushed Potatoes or Rice and Bean is the perfect match for Sesame Chicken.
- Crispy Roasted Potatoes or Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes are another great pairing for this dish.
- Freshly cooked brown or white rice will pair just as well.
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 sauce pan 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.
Looking for more slow cooker recipes?
- Corned Beef Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
- Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham with Orange Glaze
- Pot Roast with Red Wine
- Asian Short Ribs in the Slow Cooker
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 from 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:
Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 8 mins
- 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
- green onions (chopped)
- sesame seeds
- 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.
- Add all the ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker and arrange the chicken skin side up in the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
Optional Cornstarch Slurry:
If desired, to thicken the sauce, whisk in a small bowl the cornstarch with water until fully combined.
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:
Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Serve with rice or noodles.