The BEST Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe – Cafe Delites
Juicy Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken thighs with the best sauce, you’ll want to drink it straight from the bowl!
What better way to come home with a delicious home-cooked meal ready for you in a clay pot? Slow cooker with honey and garlic Chicken without strange ingredients, just crumbles: tender, bone-in, skinless chicken thighs cooked in plenty of sauce with crispy, charred and sticky edges.
A dinner that the whole family will love again and again!
SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC
CHICKEN After publishing our roast pork loin with an irresistible garlic and honey sauce, our readers have been asking non-stop for this recipe: THE chicken of all versions of chicken. When you ask, we listen!
Aside from the tender, melted chicken in your mouth, the sauce is truly memorable, a dinner you’ll think about long after the leftovers are gone.
A simple “stress-free” slow cooker recipe impressive enough to feed your family: skinless boneless chicken thighs beg for this delicious sauce to match those dark meat flavors. Cooking them in a rich garlic and honey butter sauce is PERFECT and gives you the ideal sauce to serve them.
SLOW COOKING BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS
Slow-cooked chicken thighs need a little love before cooking to give you an amazing-tasting meal
- SEASON: Seasoned in a delicious massage with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar to help caramelize those edges and an optional pinch of cayenne pepper. Dry first with a paper towel so that the seasoning sticks and absorbs better.
- OPTIONAL SEATED: While chicken usually goes into a raw slow cooker, the thighs scorched first in those seasonings for just 2 minutes each side helps block the juices. It doesn’t necessarily speed up cooking time when we’re burning for such a short time, but it creates DEEPER flavors in your chicken AND sauce! However, this is optional. You don’t have to do this step if time doesn’t allow it, or if you just don’t want to. The chicken still tastes AMAZING without burning.
- COOK: In order to make the best chicken of your life, you’re going to flip them into the sauce in half the cooking time, mixing them into all those important flavors. Then cover and continue cooking. I know the rule of thumb is to never discover your slow cooker in the middle of cooking, but this recipe works perfectly! (Just don’t take too long!)
HOW LONG DOES THE CHICKEN NEED TO COOK IN THE COOKING POT?
For our clay pot recipe, cook the chicken thighs with the suggested times
: LOW SETTING:
5-6 hours HIGH SETTING: 2-3 hours
To check if they are ready, make sure they are tender and record an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
Honey, butter, soy sauce (be sure to use low sodium), rice vinegar (or cider vinegar), and a good garlic kick is all you need. The added bonus is that the chicken releases juices while cooking slowly, which is mixed through the garlic and honey sauce to create amazing flavors!
This recipe makes SO much sauce to drizzle all the rice, noodles, vegetables and potatoes.
While the chicken rests: pour the juices from the slow cooker bowl into a pot. Bring to a simmer and beat in a suspension of cornstarch to thicken until you get a beautiful and velvety syrup.
CRIPIADOS EDGES IN SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN? YES!
If you want those charred, crispy edges, roast your thighs for a couple of minutes on each side! You’ll need a lined baking sheet; Spread the chicken with a little thick sauce and roast until well charred. It doesn’t take much time thanks to the brown sugar and honey in the sauce!
PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME
Chicken and sauce
can be prepared up to 1 day before:
- Pour the sauce over the singed/browned chicken (store in your slow cooker bowl, baking sheet, or on a large, shallow plate).
- Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Keep the sauce on a separate plate.
- Cook slowly according to recipe.
Don’t have a slow cooker? No problem! Try our stove/oven recipe here.
Refrigerate with the sauce for up
to 3 days, or freeze for 3 months. The sauce soaks the chicken while it is stored and tastes even better the next day!
SUGGESTION Serve over steamed or plain rice with buttery sautéed green beans or roasted cauliflower, mashed potatoes, cauliflower puree or noddles!
MORE SLOW COOKER RECIPES
Barbecue ribsStewChicken CacciatoreSpaghetti BologneseChili