Honey Sesame Chicken from a Crockpot!
I am a sucker for anything sweet and savory, turn it into a chicken dish and my taste buds are in pure bliss. I first tried homemade Sesame Chicken my junior year of college, it was love at first bite, except the amount of prep work and effort that was involved into replicating the recipe. The original recipe called for cutting up your chicken, dipping it in in flour, cooking it, creating the sauce, then cooking it in the sauce again. In my opinion, way too many steps to have it be a bi weekly staple. So, I got to brainstorming and wondered if I could recreate this favorite, minus the frying and incorporating the crockpot. After a few flubs, I have finally perfected the recipe for Crockpot Sesame Chicken.
Who needs take out when you can make it better yourself, with minimal amount of work! Just set & forget!
What You'll Need:
3-4 Chicken Breasts Defrosted
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup GF Teriyaki Sauce
(you can use soy sauce here, but I prefer the taste of Wegmans teriyaki marinade, it has a much thicker consistency than soy sauce, which I love!)
2 Tablespoons of Sesame Seeds
Salt and Pepper to taste
Vegetable Suggestions - I starred my favorites
Greens: Snap Peas*, Green Beans*, Broccoli
Other: Baby Corn*, Water Chestnuts*, Carrots, Onion
How You'll Do It:
1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces
2. Put olive oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce in the crockpot, stir them all together well. Taste your sauce, add more honey or teriyaki sauce depending on what flavor you want stronger. I typically add an extra 1/2 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce at this point!
3. Add sesame seeds, salt and pepper to taste (not too much)
4. Add chicken to crockpot and stir.
5. Cook crockpot on low for three hours, check chicken by cutting one piece in half and making sure it is no longer pink.
6. Take the Honey Sesame sauce out of the crockpot, transfer to a pot, put on medium heat.
7. Mix 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch with cold water in a separate bowl before adding to your Honey Sesame sauce, this will prevent the cornstarch from becoming lumpy.
8. Stir in the cornstarch slowly, continuously stirring until desired consistency is reached. You may or may not have to let the mixture boil for a minute until it thickens up completely.
9. Mix chicken and sauce back together again OR top chicken with as much sauce as you want!
I cooked and added my vegetables after the chicken was taken out of the crockpot. I am sure you could add the vegetables in the crockpot and let it cook with the chicken and sauce, but the veggies might become overcooked or soak up too much sauce. Yes, in my opinion, although I LOVE sauce, I don't love it saturating my veggies
Pair with brown rice or quinoa, or if you're looking to pack in some extra protein, try my Lazy Fried Quinoa, it's super simple and quick to make, and in my opinion, really makes the dish feel like you are at a restaurant!
For more yummy recipes head to Amber's blog!
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