Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 7 hours

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 09:52 pm

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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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!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • cooking spray


  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions


  • Place the chicken pieces in a large ziplock bag.
  • Add the cornstarch and toss to coat evenly.
  • In a large measuring cup, combine all the sauce ingredients. Add the sauce to the ziplock bag with the chicken. Toss to combine. Freeze for later or place in the fridge to marinate if using within one day.
  • When ready to cook, thaw the bag (if frozen) with the Honey Sesame Chicken.
  • Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray and add the mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve with rice.



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