5 from 7 votes
Overhead shot of a bowl filled with broccoli rice topped with Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken, garnished with sesame seeds, sliced scallions, sliced avocados and diced red pepper. With a pair of black chop sticks, dark blue linen, and ramekins of sesame seeds and sliced scallions surrounding the bowl.
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccoli Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 

This Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken & Broccoli Rice is a delicious, healthier and easier version of your favorite Asian restaurant sesame chicken take out!  Sweet, savory, saucy and loaded with flavor plus nutrients, this dish is guaranteed to become a family favorite!

Course: entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: broccoli rice, chicken, Crock pot, honey, sesame, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 356 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – cut into 1’’ cubes*
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – minced
  • 1 ½ tsp Grated Ginger Root gently packed
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 ½ TBS Sesame Oil
  • 1 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 tsp Cornstarch
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 large Heads Broccoli – roughly chopped into large florets (about 28 ounces)
Optional for Serving: Sesame Seeds, Thinly Sliced Green Onion, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Diced Red Bell Pepper, Sliced Avocado, Micro Greens
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce: In a medium bowl whisk together the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, oil, vinegar, and brown sugar.
  2. Cook the chicken: Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and place them in the slow cooker. Pour the honey mixture over the top of the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 3-3 ½ hours or HIGH for 1 ½ - 2 hours*, stirring halfway through. (Chicken will continue cooking in next step)
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1 ½ tablespoons of water to combine. Carefully add the cornstarch mixture to the slow cooker and stir well to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.
  5. Meanwhile, make the broccoli rice: Place the broccoli in the food processor and pulse until it resembles the texture of rice.*
  6. Cook the broccoli rice: You can cook broccoli rice a few different ways*, but for this recipe I prefer to pan-fry it. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the broccoli rice and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes, or until the “rice” is golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. To serve: Divide the broccoli rice between bowls and top with honey sesame chicken and ladle with sauce from the slow cooker. Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds and serve with desired additional toppings. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Serves:  4-6.  Nutrition information based on 4 servings.

  1. While I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the recipe below, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat.
  2. If you want to take the lazy prep route, you can skip cutting the chicken into 1’’ cubes and instead place the entire chicken breast (or thigh) in the slow cooker. Just increase the cooking time by 30 minutes – 1 hour in step #2 before adding the cornstarch and water mixture (step 3), use two forks to shred the chicken (you can do this right in the slow cooker, or you can remove the chicken to a cutting board and add the chicken back to the slow cooker). Then, add the cornstarch mixture and proceed with the recipe as instructed.
  3. You can easily double the sauce in the recipe if you like your chicken super saucy.
  4. All slow cookers vary. If your slow cooker runs on the hot side, be sure to check your chicken earlier, as it may cook faster than the times suggested in the recipe. The opposite goes for your slow cooker if it runs on the cool side, as your chicken may take longer to cook. If you aren’t sure of your slow cookers abilities, be sure to use an instant read thermometer. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

*Other ways to cook broccoli rice:

1. MICROWAVE – transfer the broccoli rice to a microwave-safe bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir, taste and microwave for an additional minute or so, if broccoli is not yet tender.

2. OVEN ROAST – Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss the broccoli rice with a tablespoon of olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer the broccoli to a baking sheet and spread it out in a single layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Broccoli rice is done it is slightly golden and tender.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccoli Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 908mg 38%
Potassium 689mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Sugars 38g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.