Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken




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Introduction

Indulge in the savory sweetness of Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, a delicious and easy dish that is perfect for busy weeknights. This recipe combines tender chicken thighs, hearty vegetables, and a flavorful honey garlic sauce that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Why Make This Recipe

Making Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is a great way to enjoy a satisfying meal without the hassle of extensive cooking. Simply toss everything in the slow cooker, let it simmer to perfection, and enjoy a mouthwatering dinner with minimal effort.

How to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 pound green beans, ends removed, halved
  • Fresh parsley, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Directions:

  1. Place chicken thighs, potatoes, and carrots in the slow cooker.
  2. Whisk together sauce ingredients in a medium bowl, then pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, basting occasionally.
  4. Add green beans during the last 30-40 minutes of cooking.
  5. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet, broil for 5-7 minutes until browned.
  6. Serve with veggies, drizzle cooking liquids, and fresh parsley. Enjoy!

How to Serve Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Serve the flavorful Honey Garlic Chicken with a side of rice, quinoa, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Add a sprinkle of fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.

How to Store Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

Tips to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

  • Adjust the sweetness of the dish by adding more or less honey according to your preference.
  • For a bit of heat, increase the amount of red pepper flakes or add a dash of hot sauce.
  • Feel free to customize the vegetables based on your taste – mushrooms, bell peppers, or broccoli can be great additions.

Variation

For a healthier twist, use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs. You can also substitute maple syrup for honey for a different flavor profile.

FAQs

  1. Can I use frozen vegetables in this recipe? It’s recommended to use fresh vegetables for the best texture and flavor, but you can use frozen veggies if that’s what you have on hand.
  2. Can I cook this on low instead of high in the slow cooker? Yes, you can cook the dish on low for 6-8 hours instead of high for 3-4 hours for a longer cooking time.
  3. Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, you can use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce alternative to make this dish gluten-free.

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