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Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken

Get out your crock pot! These Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs are soaked in a honey-soy sauce spiked with orange, ginger, and garlic. So delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot chicken, honey soy chicken, slow cooker chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 586kcal


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds (8 bone-in) chicken pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • cooked white rice, for serving


  • Coat a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine honey, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, vinegar, crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds.
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with a little salt and pepper; sauté for about 3 minutes per side, until they have a golden crust. Transfer to the slow cooker along with the sauce mixture.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, basting the tops halfway through if possible, so the skin doesn't dry out.
  • Transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl.
  • Very carefully pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the drumsticks and stir to coat. Serve, sprinkled with parsley.
  • Serve over cooked white white and enjoy!


You can skip the sauce reduction, it will just be looser.


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 448mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2.4mg