Crockpot Sesame Chicken Recipe

Crockpot sesame chicken. Throw everything in the crockpot and forget about it! Repin to save.

When I was young, eating Chinese food was a big, big deal.

One of the most highly anticipated food events of my life up to that point involved going to a Chinese restaurant in a nearby college town. Growing up a town of 700 people, we had three restaurants to choose from, and needless to say, none of them were Chinese.

My mom, grandma, aunt, cousin, and I would make an evening out of our Chinese restaurant visit. We would order their set menu: A five course meal consisting of hot tea, egg drop soup, fried wontons, sesame chicken, fried rice, and a fortune cookie. All for $7.00. That was a lot of money for us at the time, which is why we only ate there once or twice a year.

Even though this took place decades ago, I remember how excited I was to eat at this restaurant. Part of the excitement was spending time with some of my favorite people in the world. Part of the excitement was indulging in exotic and new flavors. Today, some 20, 30 years later, I look back at those evenings out with extreme fondness.

Crockpot sesame chicken, from Cheap Recipe Blog. Click through for recipe.

About The Recipe

This crockpot sesame chicken recipe totally brings me back to my childhood. It’s flavorful and easy to make, just like a good crockpot recipe should be. I especially like it’s not battered and deep fried. You don’t have to feel guilty about eating this Chinese food!

For the sauce recipe, I just started mixing different sauces and flavors together until I came up with something delicious. If you don’t have all of these ingredients on hand and don’t want to spend a lot of money, you could substitute a teriyaki glaze. But if you plan on doing a lot of Asian cooking in the future, I urge you to go out and purchase these multi-tasking ingredients. That way, you will have a head start on your next Asian meal.

Essential Asian Sauces

I love Asian food, and I love experimenting with Asian cooking at home. Over the past few months, I have started buying a variety of sauces/ingredients that are common in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean cooking. I find that the following ingredients have allowed me to make a wide variety of dishes. If you are interested in expanding your Asian cooking repertoire, these sauces will get you started:

Essential Asian sauces. These 9 sauces/condiments can be used to make pretty much any basic Asian dish. I use them All The Time. Click through for details.

Left to right: 

Missing: Sriracha sauce (Anything else? Feel free to add your ideas below!)

Crockpot sesame chicken recipe

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Crockpot Sesame Chicken Recipe
Yield: 4 servings

Crockpot Sesame Chicken Recipe

This recipe is super flexible. Cook in a crockpot on high for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon corn starch dissolved in 3 tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onion

For sauce:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  1. Cut each chicken breast in half the long way. Cut each half into several bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper and place in crockpot.
  2. Whisk all sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken. Heat on low for 3 to 4 hours, or on high for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crockpot and set aside.
  3. Add corn starch dissolved in water to the sauce that is remaining in the crockpot. Turn up heat to high and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until sauce thickens. Add chicken back into crock pot and stir.
  4. To serve, sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve over rice.

Have You Heard? It’s Chicken Week!

This week, I am posting three cheap chicken recipes that I think you’re going to love. Follow the links below for more information and recipes:

Crockpot sesame chicken. Throw it in the slow cooker and forget about it! Click through for instructions.

9 Responses to “Crockpot Sesame Chicken Recipe”

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    Sharon — January 20, 2014 @ 5:14 am

    This looks great! I’m a huge fan of Asian inspired meals. Sesame oil & red curry paste are my faves. Looks like I may have to invest in a crock pot 🙂

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    violet — January 20, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    That picture is amazing of the crock pot sesame chicken. I can honestly hardly wait to make it.

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    Sue — February 12, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

    I made this on Monday, totally awesome!! Thanks for the recipe.

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    violet — March 19, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    i made this tasty and EASY dish today. It was so easy just to cut up the chicken, mix the sauce and put it in the crock pot. AND my husband and son could not say enough good things about this dish. They RAVED about it!! I will be making it again really soon.

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    karen — May 29, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    this sounds great I don”t know what mirim is or is there something i can sub. for it?

    • Haley replied: — June 1st, 2014 @ 3:01 am

      Hi Karen!
      Sake mixed with a little sugar is a good substitute for mirin. However, mirin isn’t absolutely necessary for this recipe, so feel free to leave it out if you don’t have sake on hand.

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    Keirstin — December 14, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    This sounds like an amazing recipe. Is there an estimate for the calorie and sodium intake perchance? Thanks.

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    Sara — May 18, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

    If I double this recipe, will the cook time be the same?

    • Haley replied: — May 18th, 2015 @ 11:17 pm

      It should be okay. Just to be safe, check the chicken at the end of the cooking time to make sure it is not pink inside. If it is, cook for an additional 15 minutes or so.

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