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Honey Sesame Chicken

This super easy and flavorful recipe is sure to be a family favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Honey Sesame Chicken
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 7 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 3-4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • sesame seeds for cooking day


  1. Chop onion and green onions; set aside.
  2. Mince garlic; set aside.
  3. Mix together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, olive oil, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, onion, garlic and green onions.
  4. Divide chicken into 2 gallon size freezer bags ( be sure to label bags first.) Divide honey mixture over top of chicken.
  5. Thaw if frozen; pour contents into crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours, or place in casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  6. Serve over rice; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

Instant Pot recipe update: If frozen, defrost in fridge. Then add chicken and ½ cup of water to Instant Pot. Close the lid making sure the vent valve is on the sealing position. Press the Pressure-cooking setting and set the time for 40 minutes. Once 40 minutes is up, do a quick release. Then remove at least one cup of liquid and turn IP to sauté. This helps the sauce to thicken and coat the chicken.