Thursday, April 5, 2012

Honey Sesame Chicken for the Slow Cooker

We had this tonight, and it turned out delicious.  I think I was expecting a more traditional Teriyaki chicken flavor, and while this had hints of that, it was more along the lines of "bourbon chicken" we find at our local Panda restaurants.  We really enjoyed the taste of this.  It took about 15 minutes to prepare and voila--the slow cooker did the rest!

2-3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 9-12 pieces
1 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion  or  2 Tbsp. dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 Tbsp. cornstarch
sesame seeds (for garnish)

1.  Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker and salt and pepper, both sides.

2.  In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes.  Stir well.  Pour over the chicken.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or high for 3-5 hours. 

3.  When chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken into a bowl and cut up into desired sized pieces.  Mix the cornstarch with water and then add to the slow cooker juices/sauce to thicken the sauce.  Return the chicken to the slow cooker, coating the chicken in the glaze/sauce.

4.  Serve over rice and sprinkle the chicken with sesame seeds.  Enjoy with your favorite vegetable!

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