Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Asian food recipes Chicken Lunch Box Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 7 hours

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken is so easy to prepare with this make-ahead recipe! Experience this Chinese-inspired dish right in the comfort of your home!

Check this recipe out and prepare it from scratch right in your kitchen. If you like this dish, then, you may also want to check out my recipes for Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef, and Sticky Orange Beef!

Crockpot Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken is a popular Chinese takeout dish that is always in demand for its rich flavors! And those flavors are amplified with using the crockpot.

Cooking the protein for hours extracts the flavors well which makes this dish tasty. The meat becomes tender and juicy and the sauce becomes sticky which makes it even more appetizing.

But this is not your usual recipe. This teaches you how to make this sumptuous dish in advance. This is a good freezer meal for when you want to have a ready-to-cook dish.

This comes in handy whenever you are too busy to prepare a meal. Making anything in the crockpot is hassle-free as you will only have to put everything in and let it do the work.

Leave it for several hours. Later, you will have a savory dish to enjoy! This dish is so convenient to make even for making lunchboxes as they are perfectly easy to assemble with rice and other sides!

How to Make Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken?

  • Coat the meat: Get a freezer bag and put the white meat in. Put the cornstarch in and toss to coat the meat.
  • Make the sauce: Prepare the sauce in a separate container by mixing the ingredients.
  • Freeze: Add the sauce in the bag and freeze.
  • Cook: Once ready to cook, start thawing. Lightly grease the crockpot by spraying with cooking spray. Then, put everything in. Set it to LOW for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Serve: Once ready, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions then serve.

Can you make Sesame Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Yes! You can follow this Instant Pot recipe. Using the Instant Pot, you can skip thawing, but you may have to lengthen the time.

How to serve Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken?

This dish pairs well with veggies, grains, and noodles dishes like the following:

What does sesame chicken taste like?

It tastes sweet and savory at the same time. The sweetness comes from the honey.

It is perfectly balanced by the saltiness and umami flavors of the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in true Chinese fashion. The aromatics such as the garlic and ginger also add a depth of flavor.

Is sesame chicken and orange chicken the same?

They are highly similar recipes, but the flavorings are not the same. Both use rice vinegar, soy sauce, and aromatics. And both recipes also employ coating the meat with cornstarch.

In this recipe, there is no use of the citrus which is essentially the unique element with the Orange Chicken.

Can I use chicken thighs instead?

Yes! Thighs are juicier and tastier because of the higher fat content compared to that of the breasts. For details, you can refer to this recipe using thighs instead of breasts.

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How to store leftovers?

Put the leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Or, freeze them in freezer bags for up to 4 months. Simply thaw and reheat when ready to serve.

Recipe Tips:

  • Instead of using the crockpot, you can directly cook the thawed meat in a skillet on the stovetop or grill it!
  • Want to add heat? Add in some Sriracha and red pepper flakes for more flavor.
  • You can use arrowroot powder as a substitute for cornstarch.

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5 from 6 reviews

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken is so easy to prepare with this make-ahead recipe! Experience this Chinese-inspired dish right in the comfort of your home!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 7 hours Total time: 7 hrs 15 mins





Nutrition information

Calories: 584 Carbohydrates: 62 Protein: 38 Fat: 22 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 109 Sodium: 732 Potassium: 700 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 53 Vitamin A: 51 Vitamin C: 2 Calcium: 35 Iron: 2
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melissa chapman

It is great to see a new way to cook chicken that willf be a new favorite. I do not usually use a slow cooker but this recipe looks like a good reason to break it out.



This is what I order when we order Chinese food. It's my favorite!



Orange chicken is one of my son's favorites. I have not tried preparing it using the slow cooker before, though. Thanks for the recipe!


Lizzie Lau

This sesame chicken recipe is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm going to make several freezer bags of this recipe to serve with veggies and rice.


Star Traci

This is terrific. I am a big fan of Sesame Chicken and I love cooking with the slow-cooker. Thanks for the great recipe.


I cooked Orange Chicken last May 9 for my son's birthday and blogged about it too. Now I know the difference with this sesame chicken.



This sesame chicken looks delicious, my kids love chicken, I need to try it.



My family loves sesame chicken, but we have never tried to make it ourselves. I love the idea of making it ahead of time and keeping it in the freezer.



What a new way to cook chicken and your recipe looks incredibly delicious. Thanks for sharing it with is!



Definitely a dish that my family will love. There are so many you can whip up with chicken, will try your recipe. :)


Bo lupe

This was very clear to follow. I made it for lunch today and served it with white rice - we are big fans of rice here so I'm always looking for new recipes to go with it.



This chicken looks so good. It's perfect family dinner option. I must give it a try. We just got slow cooker. This will be fun to try.



This recipe sounds great, I love your recipes and I’m always happy to find a new one for the slow cooker! Just a quick question, if I’m reading it correctly, your recipe lists Sesame Oil twice in the sauce ingredients, 1/4 Cup as well as 1 Teaspoon. It seems like 1/4 of a cup is a large amount for this type of recipe, so I’m just hoping that you can clarify what the amount should be. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes and the time you put into providing us with so many incredible things to try! Take care ❤️



I was wondering the same thing! I’d love to try the recipe, but would like clarification first :)



I wonder if the 1/4 c. was actually vegetable oil? That's what it looked like in the video, and that's what I used when I put it in to marinate tonight.i guess I'll find out when I cook it tomorrow!


I used sesame oil, but vegetable oil will work as well.


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