Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe.

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Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.  The original recipe can be found over at Very Culinary.

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was my choice. I don’t remember where I initially saw it (probably Pinterest, that seems to be where 95% of my recipes are spotted these days), but I do know that it was one of the recipes Fred picked out as one he’d be willing to eat. Also, it’s a crock pot recipe, and anything I can toss into a crock pot and ignore all day is aces.

Your ingredients:

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Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (remember how just a few weeks ago we made chicken breasts in the crock pot and they were dry as hell? I swear to god, I’m never making breasts in the crock pot again. What a waste.), honey, salt and pepper, soy sauce, diced onion, ketchup, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, sesame seeds, scallions.

Damn. That’s a bunch of ingredients, isn’t it? You know Amanda is swelling up with thrilled amazement at all those ingredients. And not a box of cake mix in sight!

Put your chicken thighs in the crock pot, then sprinkle ’em with salt and pepper. If you WANT to season both sides of the thighs with salt and pepper before you put them in there, you certainly may. That’s kind of overkill, though, don’t you think? No one needs that much salt and pepper.

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In a bowl, combine your soy sauce, honey, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes. I used a 4-cup measuring cup, because everything fit nicely and it was easy to dump it all over the chicken without making a mess.

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Dump it over your chicken.

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Make sure the chicken is evenly coated.

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Then put the cover on and cook it on low for 4 hours. I meant to clean the house while it was cooking, but… nah. Why not take a nap on the couch with a bunch of kittens instead, AM I RIGHT?

When the chicken is done, remove it from the crock pot, leaving the sauce in the crock pot. Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir it into the sauce in the crock pot, then replace the lid and cook on high for 10 more minutes or until it’s slightly thickened. Now, I let mine cook for more like 20 minutes and there was never any thickening that I could tell, so I’m skeptical how necessary this particular step is.

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Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces – which should be pretty simple, since the chicken is pretty much falling apart at this point.

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Ruth came up to keep me company while I was chopping the scallions. She was amazed at the sight of all that chicken, so I eventually had to banish her from the counter lest she figure out how to get to it, whereupon she would slobber all over it and then I’d get cat cooties.

Spoon some cooked rice onto a plate (I think cooked spaghetti or angel hair would work, too), top with chicken, top THAT with some of the (un)thickened sauce, then sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped scallions on top.

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The verdict? Damn it was good! We ate every last bite, and I will absolutely make it again. I’m wondering if the apricot chicken recipe would have worked out better if we’d used chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Mind you, I’m not curious enough about that to actually give it a try, I’m just wondering.

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Nance’s Take:
Psst, let me tell you something about Robyn…she has a thing for any kind of asian inspired food out there and she thinks I haven’t noticed it.  I noticed that shit the first time I ever met her and she ordered an oriental salad at Applebee’s Restaurant. I’m on to you, Robyn. Cut yo’ shit.

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I washed these damn things, patted them dry, and sprinkled a shit-ton of pepper and salt on them…before I looked at the recipe and realized they were suppose to be boneless/skinless chicken thighs. Really?

DAMMIT, ROBYN.

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Here’s where y’all can call me a pussy, but I was not about to go digging into chicken flesh and such without cooking it first. I just cannot go there and shut-up right now, Fred Anderson!

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I planned on using two different cooking utensils.  This is me showing you the two things I planned on using because I had nothing better to take a picture of.

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I am severely right-handed and ended up just throwing on gloves and ripping the shit out of that meat.  Also note the lack of crock-pot.  I originally thought I would toss this bitch together, cook it for 4 hours and have it ready in time for dinner.  But cooking and shucking that chicken took more than a minute so I had to come up with Plan B.  I may have dawdled a little.  Hush.

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Because I like to share the pain here’s a picture of Peace eating something gross. Dog food, bread and chicken broth. We’re guessing from her palate that Peace was brought up on garbage food/table scraps.  Shirley has gotten her to eat regular dog food by adding bread to it, but on this day Peace wasn’t having it.  My secret weapon?  Chicken broth.  It’s a lovely visual, huh?

You’re welcome.

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Waldo, always keeping an eye on his buddy.  I love how long and outrageous his whiskers are.

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Feed the dog. Make a soup. Whatever.

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When I first saw the recipe I was bitching about having to buy sesame seeds when I only needed 1/2 of a tablespoon. Shirley suggested I “scrape some off of a bun” which made me laugh, but we don’t even buy sesame seed buns. I decided that I just wasn’t going to use sesame seeds, but Shirley took pity on me when she was at the grocery store and picked them up. She also bought nutmeg. I’m not exactly sure why because we have nutmeg, but I suppose you can never have too much nutmeg, right?

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I threw everything together and tossed it in the oven. This picture? If you look closely, you’ll see that it was literally in the oven when I took the picture. I was so over this recipe.

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This is what it looked like when I got it out of the oven. I skipped the entire part where it said to add cornstarch and all that bullshit because there didn’t appear to be much juice for thickening anyway.  I may or may not have forgot about this damn thing in the oven because I was busy talking to Rick on the telephone.  What?  Attention Deficit, mofos.  It can happen to you!

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There’s your fucking sesame seeds, Robyn.

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Rick said it was fantastic. Shirley wasn’t home that night. Trey was at work. I ate a 99 cent frozen pizza.

Are you picking up what I’m laying down?

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken - Nance and Robyn make the same recipe.
 
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: Entree
Cuisine: Asian. DUH. It's got soy sauce in it!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (approx. 1½ lbs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 c. honey
  • ½ c. soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • ½ c. diced onion
  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 2 T. vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 6 T water
  • ½ T (or more) sesame seeds
  • 3 chopped scallions
Instructions
  1. Put chicken in the crock pot and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Put lid on crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Remove cooked chicken from crock pot and leave sauce. Dissolve 4 tsp of cornstarch in 6 T of water and stir into sauce. Cover with lid and cook on high for 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  4. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Spoon cooked rice (cooked spaghetti or angel hair would also be good) into a bowl. Top with cooked, shredded chicken, spoon sauce over the top, and then top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

 


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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe. — 50 Comments

  1. I loves me some lazy-ass, sardonic moms. I would totally try this recipe tonight if my husband had not stolen my crockpot and brought it to the fire station, where it will soon be caked with cooked who-knows-what. Your girls rock.

      • My girls not only rock, but they roll too. 😉

        — Why am I starting out with only being allowed 4 stars. I’m not having this crap, Robyn!

      • But would you please install a “like” button or something? I’ve been giggling for a full minute at Tricia’s comment about your girls rocking. I really don’t have anything germane to add to the conversation, but she should know that it was appreciated.

        BTW, Tricia? I appreciated it more than 3 stars. Robyn really needs to work on that.

      • I thought it had something to do with google rankings or some shit…I can’t remember now, but Kelly, I agree with a like button or something. I’m going to look and see if we can’t find a plug-in that will make sure we can do a “like” AND give all of the stars that we want.

        I will NOT be controlled, Robyn. You are NOT the boss of me, dammit! 😉

        — motherfucker would only let me give 3 stars now! I wonder if it’s counting typos?

    • No shit.

      My biggest problem in writing this entry? I was scared shit-less that I whatever I wrote would be deemed racist. I try my best not to be an ignoramus about life, but it happens, ya know? I meant no disrespect to anyone and we’ll just leave it at that.

      — 5 stars because everybody knows I don’t hate anyone – W0oT!

      • I didn’t see it (I’m assuming it’s a movie). I’ll wiki it and let you know if whatever you think it is may be going on. We’ll get to the bottom of this somehow!

        FIVE STARS because I’m a nebshit with a need to know!

  2. I too love Asian flavors and tastes. But I tried true Indian the other day and found that I decidedly did NOT like it. Which was actually very strange. I like Thai, I like asian, I LOVE cilantro (I know Robyn, I know…) but I tried 4 different indian dishes (including tikki masala) and really truly just did not like it at all. whatever the base flavor is in indian food – NOT my deal. (Not that that has ANYTHING to do with this topic, just needed to share. 🙂 )

    • Isn’t curry what Indian is all about? I’m guessing, but I think it’s curry. I think somebody other than me (cough:robyn:cough) should google it and find out. But I bet it’s curry.

      I have never eaten Indian food in my life. True story, bro. True story. I am a sheltered woman who grew up on Pierogies and sauerkraut.

      • I totally bet it’s cumin. Cumin tastes like I’d imagine sweaty feet would taste. SO nasty. I like Indian, but I try to avoid the dishes with cumin in it (which is not easy!)

      • Cumin is wonderful when you blend a small amount into a curry meal. It certainly cannot be the dominant spice… unless you want to make your nostril curl up like Waldo’s whiskers.

        You must only be getting 4 stars because of your penchant for tasting sweaty feet.

      • See it’s totally NOT the cumin – cumin is the fabulous TASTING (not smelling cause I’m with you – the smell of it is like old sweat) spice that makes tacos taste so freakin’ good. (I mix my own “taco seasoning” to make it less salty and the predominant spice is cumin) It’s whatever makes the sweet taste in there. And before you go calling me Amanda for mixing my own taco powders, I’d just like to balance that with the fact that I eat Chef-Boyardee ravioli straight from the can. 🙂

        And I’m maxed out at 4 stars – get on with fixin’ that woman!

      • Coriander, maybe? I don’t know why I’m even guessing, I don’t know shit about spices except that I HATE CUMIN.

      • You’re so funny – do you not like tacos? and I know you hate cilantro, but I wasn’t aware of this deep hatred of cumin also. (BTW – did you know that coriander is the seed of the cilantro plants? and don’t call me Amanda – remember the Chef-Boyardee!)

      • I’m with Robyn. I HATE CUMIN. The only way I can eat it is if I hold by breath and it is kinda hard to chew while you are holding your breath.

      • I actually had a taco for lunch today. Didn’t have cumin in it, though. 🙂

        I did know that coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant – but I only know because I had two kittens last year (the year before, maybe? I don’t know WHEN, time is a blur), named Coriander and Cilantro and someone told me.

        Also, I’m not crazy about cilantro, but I’ll eat it. Cumin, I avoid at all costs – I’ll admit it’s more the smell of it than the taste, though.

      • Show of hands – how many people tried to hold their breath and “chew” to see how hard it was?! 🙂

        maybe the amount of stars it will let you has to do with the level of sub comment you’re at? Cause I can only get 3 now….

      • OHHELLYEAH, with the Chef-Boyardee ravioli straight from the can. Is there any other way to eat it? If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right! 🙂

        PS: We make our own fajita seasoning and OHMYGOD, it’s good. I told Shirley we’re going to have to make it an entry on here one of these days.

        3 stars because someone (Robyn most likely) is jealous of our mad skillz. lol

    • I’m with you, Sherry! I’ve had what I was told was “really good” Indian food — twice in TWO DIFFERENT STATES (whaddaya mean, that doesn’t matter?) — and hated it both times. I won’t touch it again. Asian, love. Thai, adore. Mediterranean, yum. Indian — eeeeek! I don’t know enough about spices to figure out why (but I love cilantro!).

  3. You can tell how often I cook, since right off the bat I was amazed at the existence of boneless skinless chicken *thighs*. I thought only breasts came this way! My life has changed! Thank you, Nance & Robyn! (As you can see, I lead a fairly boring existence if this is life-changing information.)

    • Susan,
      I honestly thought breasts only came that way so I’m amazed too. My favorite way to do thighs is par-boil and have my kid barbecue them on a charcoal grill.
      But now that I did all of that gross work, I think it’s going to be a while before I eat chicken thighs again. There are some things that cannot be unseen.

  4. Peace picking at her meal reminds me of my beagle (Toby) when I was a kid. We used to add canned spinach to his Alpo (this was 30 years ago, and I think my mother thought adding the veg would be a health thing, but the thought of canned spinach today grosses me out). Anyways, Toby would diligently pick the spinach out of his dish and set it next to his food bowl and then eat the dog food (minus the spinach). He was no dummy! Even he knew canned spinach was nasty.

    As for the Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken. That actually looks pretty good, I might have to try it myself. (And I definitely will NOT be adding spinach to it, though!)

  5. Waldo’s magnificent whiskers are the Raleigh Fingers mustache equivalent of kitty whiskers! (and that’s a good thing in case anyone is wondering!)

  6. Crock pot AND asian cooking? Guess what just made it into next week’s rotation? I shall call it “A Lazy Mom’s Back-to-School Celebration”. Woot! I don’t know which one I am more excited about… crock pot cooking or back to school. Who am I kidding? Buses roll in 8 days!

    I am certain Amanda has already thoughtfully planned bento lunchboxes with healthy, organic sprout sandwiches for her personal chef to prepare for the Amandettes. My kids are getting leftover crock pot cooking in their lunchboxes… and they LOVE it!

    FIVE STARS… BAM!

    • Seriously, System, not content with withholding stars from me, you’re going to “publish” a one-word comment from me? (And there I was going to share my appreciation for Shirley’s sesame-seed-foraging skills; the notion of scraping them off rolls is DCEP-ing at its finest. Somebody deserves a new tube top and/or flannel shirt.)

      • You didn’t get any stars because you need to shut the hell up with that tube-top flannel business. 😉

        Five (5!) stars because I’m RIGHT.

  7. Didn’t you guys already do a recipe similar to this, if not this one? I remember I tried the other one, a honey chicken of some sort, and nearly gagged on the sweetness of the honey! Sorry, I can’t lie. But since you don’t have a recipe index (hint, hint) I’m not going back through trying to find it. I do remember it was a looooong time ago that I tried it.

    Damn! Using honey as a search term brought up a butt load of recipes. Finally found it. Honey sauced chicken from 1-30-12. Almost identical recipe to this but oven cooked. This one appears to be a doubled version of the other one. Guess I won’t try this one either.

    At least in the original recipe everybody but Fred liked it. Fred was meh!

    • The honey sauced chicken is all the same ingredients(except breast vs thigh) as this one, damnit. I’m too lazy to go look up the amounts right now, but it is in regular rotation at my house, thanks to you lazy skimmers, I mean culinary wizards. *phbt* I think that we deserve a bonus recipe this week!

  8. I know you guys saw this on my FB already, but DAMN this was good!! I am not a good cook, and had my doubts, but other than the long list of (common, easy to get, mostly cheap) ingredients, it was easy as hell! I even bought the cheap generic brand honey. It thickened up quickly for me with the cornstarch mix, and was just so good! I think steamed broccoli would be good with this sauce too. The only tiny thing I would advise is to flip the thighs over about 3 hours in, I kept thinking they werern’t cooking because they looked pale (they were just fine) This one is a keeper!

      • For some reason that sounds really dirty. In my defense, I have strep throat AND bronchitis and am on many, many drugs.

      • Damn, Girl. Way to get your illness when it’s nice outside instead of winter. Maybe this means you’ll be cootie free until next year which would be a good thing, right?

        I’m trying to make you feel better, but you’re probably better off just letting the drugs handle that. 🙂

      • My doctor is trying to get me well enough to get a flu shot soon. I take the bus to work and since the route passes two grammar schools, the Waldorf school, the middle school, the high school AND the local university it’s like riding a mobile microbe factory during the school year. And I have a 15 minute bus ride . . .

        The drugs are working, but I wish they would work faster. And Oldcat’s comment still sounds dirty.

      • I had no idea that crockpot meat doesn’t brown. Probably because I never really tried with anything other than chicken. Learn something new every day!

    • Oh, Mary. This means that you and Robyn are going to have to sit at the other table instead of with the cool kids. Heh. The good news is that I’m sure there will be cats. 😉

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