Honey Garlic Chicken

This time of year everyone is trying to eat healthy and the nonconformist in me wants to do the exact opposite. The more I think about eating healthy chicken or fish with veggies, the more I just want to go eat a Krispy Kreme. The defiant inner teenager inside me wants to rebel and do exactly what I’m not supposed to.

I also have it in my head that I have to eat ALL of the junk food in my house before I can properly start to eat healthy. As if it’s my duty to eat the whole pound of See’s chocolate that my sisters gave me…ahem…before I can start eating healthy. I just think of it as taking one for the team so my husband doesn’t have to ruin his healthy eating ways.

This crockpot honey garlic chicken is my compromise to the start of eating healthy. Although the ingredients aren’t entire healthy on their own if you ate them in their entirety, the chicken only cooks in it and then just a little sauce is eaten with it. This recipe comes from Deborah over at Taste and Tell who shared this as one of her favorite recipes of 2011 so I knew I had to try it. I agree with her that often chicken in the crockpot tends to be dry and lacking flavor that’s why chicken thighs are perfect for the crockpot. This chicken reminded me of the Huli Huli chicken we had in Hawaii last year. My husband thought this chicken was even better. Serve it over brown rice and with some broccoli for a healthy meal or shredded over a salad.

Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • optional fresh basil, shredded, for garnish
  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and honey. Pour over the chicken and cover.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Be sure to check the chicken periodically. My chicken was done after 5 hours on low. Remove chicken, place on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Transfer the remaining sauce to a saucepan and reduce down over medium heat until desired consistency is reached. I mixed a teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and added it to the sauce and continued to stir and cook on medium heat until it thickened up a bit.
  3. Serve a little sauce over the chicken and garnish with fresh basil.
  4. Serve chicken over rice with some broccoli or green beans on the side.
Recipe Notes

Source: Taste and Tell

Speak Your Mind



  1. all we seem to eat is chicken, so i love seeing new ideas for what to do with it! looks good!

  2. Hahaha I binged on all the cookies that remained in my possession before I felt like I could control myself to eat healthier. Even though that wasn’t actually my resolution this year it’s hard to avoid that thought process.

  3. I love crockpot recipes, this one sounds delicious!


  4. I’m so glad you tried it and liked it! It was a surprising favorite for me!

  5. Taking one for the team! That’s it completely!

    My husband LOVES dark meat and I like to use my crockpot so this is a perfect recipe for our house.

    Now, we’ll see how the sweet peas & buddies, do!

  6. I have some chicken thighs in the freezer. They are not getting any younger. This looks like a yummy recipe. I even have broccoli I need to use. Thanks for dinner tonight.

  7. Anything with the word crockpot in it is going to be on my agenda this year and the fact this looks so mouth watering is a big time plus!

  8. Love this recipe, this looks so delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Mmm, that does look good! I love Taste and Tell! How’s that new baby girl of your’s doing?

  10. Hahaha, I love your honesty at the beginning of this post. I feel the same way – “I’ll start eating healthy as soon as I finish eating all the ice cream in the freezer!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Had this for tea tonight. So yummy. Was a huge hit with the family. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I am just like you. Thank goodness the chocolate covered almonds are gone as well as the remaining shortbread cookies. I did my part —- too well!

  13. It looks very tasty. I will try to make it tomorrow!

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  14. I just found your blog through pinterest! I some how came across the recipe for the COVETED Red Lobster biscuits, I am so excited to make these (Red Lobster is my favorite restaurant!) THANKS so much!


  15. it’s in the crock! thank you!!!!!!

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  17. Mmmmm…. Krispy Kreme. Do you have a recipe for that? LOL! I know exactly what you mean! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. This has been in my crock pot. I cant wait to eat it tonight Thanks for sharing!

  19. This looks really great! Bookmarked it!

  20. Thanks! You helped me figure out what to make for dinner tonight!

  21. i made this on Sunday. i didn’t have any soy sauce so i used chicken broth but it was delicious!!

  22. This is in my crock pot right now and i am so excited to try it

  23. This chicken was so easy and delicious! I loved that it literally took me 5 minutes to throw it together in the crock pot and back to my Sunday nap I went recently. Definitely added my recipe binder!

  24. I have to say this is a foolproof and easy, yet delicious recipe! I love it! I’ve made it a few times since you posted, and once for a dinner party, and always get compliments. When making it for just the two of us at home though, I don’t thicken up the sauce as we think a little sauce from the crockpot is still yum, and makes for the leftovers not to harden in their tupperware. I just jumped online to check the measurements again (dont’ ask, I’ve got probs in the kitchen) and am about to try it with frozen veges thrown in!

  25. Just wanted to chime in and say my family loves thi dish! Just put it into the slow cooker again today and finally thought to leave you a comment. Simple and hard to mess up; my favorite kind of recipe.