Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

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Are you still here?


I know I’ve been away for a while. I can explain.

Things got a little bit hectic as we were heading into the holiday season so I made the executive decision to take a break from this blog. Not that I don’t love it, but I just couldn’t keep up with everything. Things will still be busy through January, as I’m moving apartments in a few weeks and it’s a pretty busy month for my job. At any rate, I’m hoping to come back to this here blog with a vengeance in February. I don’t have an actual date in mind yet but know that I’m going to sporadically be coming in and out of this forum for the next month or so until I get back into a schedule.

The interesting thing is that I’ve actually been making a ton of new-to-me recipes over the past few months. I’ve just not been photographing and posting them here. So I have quite a few recipes that I need to re-make and take photos of so that I can show you!

Also by the way - Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Please know that I’m wishing you and your family and friends the best! I’m so happy you’re (still) here. And I hope you stick around a bit more. Here is a slow cooker recipe for you, as we try to ease into the New Year and out of our busy Christmas/Holiday season. This seems like a very appropriate recipe with which to start of 2019!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
makes 6-8 servings

Print Recipe

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sriracha chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

  • scallions, thinly sliced for garnish, if desired

1) Season the chicken with black pepper on both sides. Place the chicken pieces in the slow cooker in a single layer.

2) In a small bowl, use a whisk to combine the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, rice wine vinegar, garlic, garlic powder, ginger, water, sesame oil, onion powder, and chili sauce. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker.

3) Set the slow cooker to Low and cook until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 2 hours.

4) Move the chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to shred the chicken breasts into smaller pieces. Set aside.

5) In another small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until dissolved. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 20 minutes on High, or until the sauce has thickened a bit.

6) Add the chicken pieces back into the slow cooker and toss to coat the meat with the sauce.

7) Serve warm, and garnished with sesame seeds and scallions if desired.

—recipe slightly adapted from Tracy’s Culinary Adventures

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Slow Cooker Chicken Teryaki

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I don't know about you, but I'm ready for another slow cooker recipe. 

2018 was going well for me, until I caught a cold approximately 8 days into the new year.  I know things could be worse, but for some reason I was a big baby with this one.  I'm on the mend now, but I definitely need to make a slow cooker recipe.  I need something that allows me to put everything into one pot, then sit back and relax for a few hours until dinner is DONE.

Today, we're making Chicken Teriyaki!  I do enjoy chicken teriyaki, but I've never made it myself before.  This looked to be the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I don't think I've ever had a slow cooker recipe that has gone wrong.  I'm sure I'm jinxing myself for future endeavors, but I'll take that chance.

Here, we have an easy combination of salty-sweet flavors.  We do a very, very slight bit of prep on the stove beforehand, but I'll allow that.  We then let the flavors marinate and cook with the chicken breasts for a few hours.  Then, just like magic!  We have our chicken teriyaki ready to be served up over some rice.  It can't get much easier than this.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Print Recipe

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon room temperature water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (could be white wine, rice wine or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1.5 - 2 lbs total)
  • sesame seeds and chopped scallion (optional for serving)

1) In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and the water until combined.  Add the mixture to a medium saucepan, over low-medium heat.

2) Pour in the brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and ginger.  Bring the mixture to a simmer while whisking occasionally.  Allow to come to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

3) Place the chicken and the onions in the slow cooker.  Pour the teriyaki sauce on top.  Place the slow cooker on high for 3 hours, or on low for 5 hours.

4) Once the time is done, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred the meat with 2 forks.  Add the meat back into the slow cooker and stir everything to combine.

5) Cook the chicken for another 1 hour on low, stirring occasionally.

6) Serve the chicken over rice or with vegetables on the side.  Drizzle extra sauce over the chicken if desired.

--from Sally's Baking Addiction

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Chili Rubbed Pulled Pork


I've done some extensive research, and I've discovered the best way to make and enjoy this dish.  You're welcome...

Step 1: Purchase pork.  A few days later, realize that pork is no longer good (even though expiration date is days away).

Step 2: Walk to two different grocery stores trying to find and re-purchase pork.

Step 3: Trim the pork.  Cut into chunks.

Step 4: Add to slow cooker.  Toss in all the spices in your pantry.

Step 5: Head to the bar for 4 hours.  Drink 3 glasses of wine. (Optional, but highly recommended)

Step 6: Return home. Shred meat.  Stuff face with shredded meat while standing at the counter. (This last step is optional, but very likely to occur if you chose to indulge in Step 5.)


And there you have it!  You just made this pulled pork a real thing.  Go on with your bad self.

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Crockpot Mojo Pork



Hey hey hey!

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club post!  I was paired up with Terri of Our Good Life this month.  Terri is a retired elementary school principal who started this blog as a creative outlet for her and her husband's cooking.  I love how Terri has incorporated so much of her family into her blog!

A review of Terri's recipes led me to a number of tasty dishes that I wanted to make, including Pasta with Zucchini, Lemon, and Basil, Potatoes with Roasted Citrus Dressing (yum!), and The Ultimate Mac and Cheese (yes!).  The week that I decided to make one of Terri's recipes, it was hottttt here in NY/NJ.  It had started to get a bit cooler because FALL IS COMING!, but that particular week summer decided to make another appearance.  In light of this, I opted to pull out my slow cooker once again so that I didn't melt in the kitchen.  I pulled up Terri's amazing Crockpot Mojo Pork recipe and whipped it up.  Terri, I am pleased to say that this will be a staple in my kitchen from now on!

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Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs



How can these short ribs be so easy!!  I swear I must have done something wrong, but I actually didn't.  That's a shocker.  There's typically at least one thing that i miss or screw up in recipes as of late.  It's a Christmas miracle that I can sustain a food blog!

In more exciting news, I'm heading to the Bahamas this Friday!  I'm super excited.  It's my mom's birthday and retirement party, all wrapped into one, so this will be quite a celebration.  Let's keep the pictures to a minimum after the 3rd drink, shall we?  Hmmm....I'm looking forward to warmer weather, ocean breezes, and home-cooked Bahamian food.  I'm not sure I'll get another recipe captured this time around, but I'll certainly try!

Final update: I've finally caught up with my old food posts and going forward, all my pictures have been taken in my new digs.  Ahhhh!!!!  I'm still fiddling around with lights/lighting.  Hopefully I will obtain a professional light this summer.  Game-changer!  But seriously, I do get pretty good lighting already in this place.  In fact, I made sure to search for a place with good lighting so I would need to do the minimum amount of work for pretty pics.  Can't front.  It's all about the lighting.

OK, enough rambling for one post.  You've come here for the short ribs.  I understand.  That's what I'm getting into as well.  This is my very first time making short ribs and I think they came out well!  What better way to ease into cooking this meat than to throw it in a slow cooker and let it be?  What other meat should I try to cook?  Tell me!  Tell me!

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Chipotle & Onion Shredded Beef


I'm kind of in the middle of packing.  You know, if being "in the middle of packing" means I've taped together a few boxes, filled one and only half-filled another four boxes.  I think I'm doing this right, no?

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to Micha and the Cookin' Mimi blog.  Unlike myself, Micha has been cooking her whole life.  Like me, she is a super fan of Mexican food.  She was originally inspired to start Cookin' Mimi by another food blogger who focuses on slow cooking.  I love my slow cooker too, so I totally understand!

I started searching through Micha's recipes and saw so many that I wanted to make!  Easy Fudgy Brownies and Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches topped the list.  BUT, what if, hypothetically, you were moving and you placed your pots and pans at the bottom of the ONE BOX that you packed!  Just a hypothetical question.

If something like this were to happen, I would consider making either the Spicy Shredded Beef or the Chipotle and Onion Shredded Beef.  In the end, I chose the latter choice and I'm so glad I did!  This beef is smoky and spicy and just right.  I'm definitely going to be making this one again in the near future!  Thanks Micha!

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Slow Cooker Creole Chicken & Sausage



Ahhh I'm back in N'awlins!  I spent the Christmas holidays here with my family and let me tell you that we have been keeping ourselves quite busy.  We have seen the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, walked countless times around the French Quarter, had drinks at the oldest bar in America (allegedly), and of course we've stuffed our faces with so. much. food!

Shrimp & grits, crawfish etouffee, caramel bread puddings, crawfish mac and cheese, gumbo, crab bisque, jambalaya, and shrimp toasts are only the tip of the iceberg of our meals this week.  All I'm saying is that I may still be stuffed for a week after leaving this city.

In preparation for our trip here, I couldn't help but make a creole dish.  I like to think of this as "research".  Let me tell you: This was some pretty good research.  I may need to do even more research upon my return.

Suffice it to say that this dish was incredible.  I don't like to throw words around like "perfection", but sometimes you just have to do it.  I'm also a fan of this meal because I threw it all in the slow cooker and then, magically, it was all cooked and ready to get in my belly a few hours later!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Taco Bowls


I'm having some issues with my Halloween candy consumption.  As in, the consumption is REAL!  I purchased two bags of mini M&M's last week for my coworkers.  I'm not exactly sure they were even aware I had them, as they seem to have disappeared rather quickly.  Into my mouth.  Sad, but true.  Fries have also been a bit of an obsession over the past few days.

Send help please.

I needed a distraction.  This is a non-candy- / non-fry-based distraction.  Tacos!  More specifically, taco bowls, because ain't no one got time to go out and purchase tortillas.  Also known as "Good grief, I forgot to buy tortillas and I'm too lazy to go out and get some."  Soooo....when in doubt, add rice.  Or quinoa.  Or pasta.  Do you.

I don't need an excuse to pull out my slow cooker.  But if you do, here are two: During the summer, it's "too hot" to use the oven, and during the winter, it's "perfect weather for a stew (or insert your fave slow cooker recipe here)".  So there you have it.  The only reasons you will need.

I wanted to make these tacos with chicken since I usually get in the rut of using tougher meats in my slow cooker.  Gotta switch it up!  I used chickpeas in the recipe because I'm less than enthused about any other type of bean, with the notable exception of edamame/soy beans.  This was a really quick recipe to throw together.  It could even be referred to as a "weeknight dinner", it's that quick to make.  I'm a fan of this and can't wait to make it again.  Maybe with beef next time?  I'm living dangerously now!

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Crockpot BBQ Beef


Summer and BBQ's are pretty synonymous with each other.  While I absolutely love barbecued meat, the only way I'm ever going to be able to grill at my place is to set up on the fire escape.  I think the local police frown on that, and seeing as the station is a mere 3 blocks away, I'll take a pass.

What I CAN still do, though, is break out my beloved crockpot to help me out.  I've finally taken a break from using my oven this summer and I've returned to my slow cooking ways.  At least for now.  Next week I'll want to braise something in the oven for 3 hours.  It's inevitable.

The perfect thing about this barbecued beef is that I can do so much with it!  Want a sandwich?  BBQ Beef Sandwich.  Need a topping for a salad?  Here's your BBQ Beef salad.  Looking for a quick meal?  Throw some BBQ Beef on top of mashed potatoes and dig in.

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Crockpot Balsamic Shredded Beef

You may not know exactly how long I've been waiting to make this dish.  I think this recipe (not this exact one, but something similar) was one of my first "pins" on Pinterest, and I've been on that site for yearsssss.  So there's that.

As you already know, I love my crockpot.  You can find evidence of this by heading over to that neat little "Recipe Index" link at the top of this post.  What you may not know is that I also have some deep love and affection for balsamic vinegar.  I travel almost every week for work and I keep a full-size bottle of balsamic vinegar with my travel items because I have an unrealistic fear of running out.  True story.

Now that I've thoroughly convinced you of my strangeness, please let me present this balsamic beef recipe to you.  It's simply amazing.  As always, I put my ingredients into the crockpot late at night and then I am warmly greeted by a finished meal by 9 o'clock the next morning.  Tip: I usually turn the crockpot to the Warm setting for a few hours until I'm ready to eat lunch.  But let's face it, "lunch" usually happens at 10:30am since I've been sniffing this dish for the last hour and a half and I only have so much willpower!

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