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This is a dish I posted back in 2012 and is one of my most-pinned recipes. I still make this quite a bit, although I change it up often. I was reading through the comments on the original post and realized a few of you were making it as often as I do and having some fun trying to make it even better. I still think the original is amazing, but after making it so many times over the years there are a few simple things I always do to amp up flavor. So, if you’re a regular, pay attention:
– I add a little sesame oil to boost the sesame flavor
– I add snow peas (or something green) at the end, because that’s how it is when we get it from the Chinese place. And it looks prettier.
– I add more corn starch for a thicker sauce. And I just throw it right in the pot vs. dissolving it like you’re supposed to. This is mostly because…busy mom syndrome.
So here’s a new and improved version. If you’re a regular, try it out and let me know! If you’re not a regular, try it anyway. It’s one of the best and most kid-friendly Crock Pot recipes around.
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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken – Part Deux
Sometimes I throw in some minced fresh ginger too, but I’m not adding that below because this is not supposed to be a fussy recipe. But if you HAVE FRESH GINGER SITTING AROUND, use it!
1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 small package snow peas (not frozen, from the produce section)
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Stir in corn starch until completely dissolved. Stir in snow peas. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.