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Slow cooker Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken

Crockpot Sesame Chicken in a blue bowl over white rice with two chopsticks taking a piece of sesame chicken

Crockpot Sesame Chicken knocks the socks off of conventional Sesame Chicken with the extra depth of candy and spicy Asian Sweet Chili Sauce – you’ll by no means need to make one other sesame hen recipe once more!


Crockpot Sesame Chicken is a more healthy model of your favourite takeout that’s splendidly tender, juicy and smothered in probably the most intoxicating candy warmth sesame sauce – AND all you must do is add the components to your sluggish cooker and dinner is served!  This Sesame Chicken  tremendous customizable – add your favourite veggies to the crockpot, or serve with veggies, rice, noodles, zoodles, and so forth.  It’s child pleasant, freezes splendidly and makes an wonderful meal prep hen recipe. 

Crockpot Sesame Chicken in a blue bowl over white rice with two chopsticks taking a piece of sesame chicken

Sesame Chicken

I’ve been grilling so much this summer time and have so many grilling recipe concepts to make/share earlier than the summer time is over that I’ve uncared for my different favourite summer time cooking technique – the crockpot!  This little counter cooker lets you beat the summer time warmth by including all of your components then strolling away as your property fills with the engaging aroma – and on this case  – the candy and spicy aroma of Crockpot Sesame Chicken.  Its an exquisite factor.

But in addition type of tortuous.  However the wait is sssssoooooooooo value it.

WHAT is SESAME Chicken?

For those who’re questioning what Sesame Chicken is, it’s an American-Chinese language hen dish – you gained’t discover it in China.  The hen is historically breaded and deep fried then enveloped in a wealthy reddish-brown sauce that’s barely candy and savory.  It’s identify has little or no to do with sesame taste, in contrast to my Sesame Noodles, however merely refers back to the garnish of sesame seeds on prime of the completed sesame hen.

How wholesome is sesame hen?

Basic Sesame Chicken is deep fried.  We’re skipping that step and as an alternative creating more healthy Sesame Chicken.  We get to benefit from the dynamic taste of Sesame Chicken with out all of the greasy breading energy!  To make this Crockpot Sesame Chicken more healthy, add further greens corresponding to broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, snow peas, and so forth.

far away shot of healthy sesame chicken in a blue serving bowl with sesame seeds scattered around

What components are in sesame hen?

This Crockpot Sesame recipe is an ideal stability of savory, candy, and tangy with a kick of warmth.  It’s savory from the soy sauce, fragrant from the garlic and ginger, candy from the brown sugar, tangy from the hoisin, ketchup and rice vinegar completed off with a splash of candy warmth from Asian Sweet Chili Sauce.  I’m drooling another time.  Here’s what you’ll want for this Sesame Chicken recipe:

  • hen breasts:  you’re welcome to substitute hen thighs in the event you want.  Chicken thighs typically require much less cooking time, so modify cooking accordingly.
  • Asian candy chili sauce:  that is my secret ingredient to this Crockpot Sesame Chicken.  It’s typically referred to as Thai Sweet Chili Sauce as nicely and may be discovered within the Asian aisle at your grocery retailer (I exploit Mae Ploy model).    It’s product of chilies, sugar, vinegar and garlic and is an addicting stability of candy and spicy.  It’s typically used as a dipping sauce for egg rolls however I really like to make use of it in every part.  
  • soy sauce:  use LOW SODIUM or decreased sodium soy sauce so your Sesame Chicken isn’t too salty.
  • ketchup:  most Sesame Chicken recipes include ketchup.  It provides a wealthy tangingess however I promise your Crockpot Sesame Chicken will NOT style like ketchup!
  • brown sugar:  provides the depth of sweetness.  You should use kind of relying on how candy vs savory you want your Sesame Chicken. 
  • hoisin sauce:  For those who aren’t accustomed to hoisin sauce it it may be discovered within the Asian part of your grocery retailer and is like Asian BBQ Sauce.  Its wealthy, candy and tangy.  Not all hoisin sauces are created equal (and you may TASTE the distinction) so I recommend solely utilizing high quality hoisin sauce reminiscent of Lee Kum Kee or Kikkkoman.  I exploit hoisin sauce on a regular basis in my recipes so in case you are fascinated by making my Beef and Broccoli,  Kung Pao Shrimp, Mongolian Chicken and so on., then I promise it won’t go to waste!
  • rice wine vinegar:   use unseasoned rice wine vinegar.  It provides a tangy acidity to stability the flavour profile.  
  • toasted sesame oil:  provides a toasted nuttiness to the Crockpot Sesame Chicken.  In the event you solely have common and never toasted sesame oil, you need to use that as nicely. 
  • garlic:  you should use 1 half teaspoons garlic powder or Three-Four garlic cloves minced.
  • ginger:  you possibly can add half teaspoon ginger powder or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

top view of sticky sesame chicken being shredded on a white cutting board

How do you make straightforward sesame hen?

Step 1 – Add hen to crockpot:  Use defrosted hen breasts or thighs as a result of frozen hen will launch numerous liquid whereas it cooks which can make your sesame hen sauce watery. 

Step 2 – Add sauce:  Whisk the Sweet Chili Sesame Sauce elements collectively in a medium bowl. Pour over hen.  For those who don’t like warmth in any respect, begin with 2 tablespoons Asian Sweet Chili Sauce. You possibly can all the time add extra on the finish of cooking.

showing how to make crockpot sesame chicken by adding chicken and sesame sauce to the crockpot

Step Three –  Prepare dinner:  Prepare dinner on low for 5-7 hours or on excessive for Three-Four hours or till hen is tender sufficient to shred then take away to a chopping board to shred.  The important thing to tender hen is to prepare dinner it lengthy sufficient.  If it’s not simply shredding, it merely wants extra time to tenderize.   

Step Four – Shred Chicken:  I shred my hen instantly within the crockpot with two forks for ease however you might switch hen to a chopping board in the event you favor.

Step Four – Thicken sauce:  Add 1 half tablespoons cornstarch combined with 1/Four cup water to the crockpot. Stir contents round. Prepare dinner on excessive for 20-30 minutes till sauce thickens.  Alternatively, you possibly can add the cornstarch slurry and liquid from the crockpot to a saucepan and simmer till thickened on the range – this can create a thicker sauce.  In the event you make the sauce on the range prime, add it again to the hen and prepare dinner on LOW for 20 minutes so the sesame sauce has time to soak up into each nook and cranny for extra flavorful sesame hen.

Step 6 – Customise:   Style and add Sriracha for spicier, brown sugar for sweeter if desired.  For extra candy warmth, add further Asian candy chili sauce.

Step 7 – Garnish:  Prime with sesame seeds and non-compulsory inexperienced onions.

Step eight  – EAT!:  Lastly the onerous wait is over.  Transfer over chopsticks.  That is no time for fairly consuming.

up close of easy crockpot sesame chicken with a servings spoon stick in the sticky chicken

Can I Add Broccoli to Sesame Chicken?

You’re welcome so as to add broccoli to steam within the sluggish cooker after you might have shredded your hen however I like to only steam mine within the microwave for Three minutes  – as a result of then it simply takes Three minutes.

You can too add any cooked veggies to your hen.  Carrots must be added at first however different tender greens akin to bell peppers ought to be added the final 30 minutes or so when the cornstarch slurry is added.

Can I freeze Crockpot Sesame Chicken?

To freeze Crockpot Sesame Chicken:

  1. Let Sesame Chicken cool utterly.
  2. Switch to both a big freezer measurement bag or divide into smaller parts.
  3. Press air out of the freezer bag, seal, label and freeze for as much as Three months.
  4. When able to eat, defrost Sesame Chicken within the fridge.
  5. Warmth on the range till warmed by way of.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CROCKPOT SESAME CHICKEN?

CAN I SUBSTITUTE PORK FOR CHICKEN?

Sure, you possibly can substitute pork for hen on this Crockpot Sesame Chicken recipe. I like to recommend utilizing pork shoulder/butt and searing first like in my Asian Caramel Pulled Pork.

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top view of crockpot sesame chicken piled on a bowl of white rice with a pair of red chopsticks resting on the bowl

 

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Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken

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Components

  • 2 kilos hen breasts (thawed)*
  • 1 half tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/Four cup water
  • sriracha to style (optionally available)

Sweet Chili Sesame Sauce

  • 2-Four tablespoons Asian candy chili sauce (I exploit Mae Ploy)**
  • 1/Three cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/Three cup ketchup
  • 1/Three cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons high quality hoisin sauce (like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkkoman)***
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 half teaspoons garlic powder or Three-Four garlic cloves minced
  • half teaspoon onion powder
  • half teaspoon ginger powder or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/Four teaspoon pepper

Garnishes

  • toasted sesame seeds
  • chopped inexperienced onions

Elements

  • 2 kilos hen breasts (thawed)*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/Four cup water
  • sriracha to style (optionally available)

Sweet Chili Sesame Sauce

  • 2-Four tablespoons Asian candy chili sauce (I exploit Mae Ploy)**
  • 1/Three cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/Three cup ketchup
  • 1/Three cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons high quality hoisin sauce (like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkkoman)***
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder or Three-Four garlic cloves minced
  • half teaspoon onion powder
  • half teaspoon ginger powder or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/Four teaspoon pepper

Garnishes

  • toasted sesame seeds
  • chopped inexperienced onions

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Directions

  1. Add hen to the underside of your crockpot.

  2. Whisk the Sweet Chili Sesame Sauce components collectively in a medium bowl. Pour over hen.

  3. Prepare dinner on low for 5-7 hours or on excessive for Three-Four hours OR till the hen is tender sufficient to shred.

  4. Shred hen within the crockpot and add 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch combined with 1/Four cup water to the crockpot. Stir contents round. Prepare dinner on excessive for 20-30 minutes till sauce thickens. Style and add Sriracha for spicier, brown sugar for sweeter if desired. *Alternatively, you possibly can add the cornstarch slurry and liquid from the crockpot to a saucepan and simmer till thickened on the range – this can create a thicker sauce.*

  5. Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds and inexperienced onions.

Recipe Notes

*You need to use frozen hen breasts however simply remember that they may launch extra water so you will have to extend the cornstarch with a view to thicken the liquid on the finish.
**For those who do not like warmth in any respect, begin with 2 tablespoons Asian Sweet Chili Sauce. You’ll be able to all the time add extra on the finish of cooking.
***Hoisin sauce may be discovered within the Asian part of your grocery retailer.

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