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Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe – An Easy Slow Cooker Recipe

This Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe is a delicious and economical meal that your entire family will love.

Fall apart, tender pieces of chicken flavored in a sweet, yet tangy sauce. A dish that is perfect to serve over rice or as a stand alone main dish.

honey garlic chicken thighs
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs – an easy to make slow cooker dinner recipe.

And it couldn’t be easier to make! That is because, just like our Zesty Chicken Recipe, it is cooked in slow cooker. Simply add your ingredients, turn the power on and walk away.

We use a 6 quart programmable Crock Pot which allows us to set the actual cook time. When the time expires, the slow cooker switches to a Keep Warm so that there is no worry about over cooking our meal. We love this feature!

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

This recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs. We typically use skinless thighs as well. However, this is a personal preference for our family.

sear chicken thighs
Sear the chicken on both sides to trap in the juices and to add additional flavor to your meal.

We tend to buy a large family pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs when they go on sale. Then we split the pack in two and freeze one half of the thighs for later use.

However, you can also use bone in or skin on chicken thighs as well. And yes, you can also use chicken breasts for this honey garlic chicken recipe.

Sear The Chicken

Regardless of what type of chicken that you purchase, it is highly recommended that you sear your chicken before you add it to the slow cooker.

garlic press soy sauce
Using a garlic press will mince your garlic cloves in no time!

This process will not only add additional flavor to your recipe. More importantly, the searing process will help lock the juices inside the chicken, making it more tender when cooked.

Working in batches as needed, sear each side of your chicken in a hot skillet. Once nice and golden brown, add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker.

Then mix together the honey garlic sauce ingredients and pour it on top of your chicken.

honey garlic chicken thighs
Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.

Toss the chicken by flipping them a few times to coat each piece, on each side.

Cook on low pressure for 5-6 hours or on high pressure for 2 hours.

You can serve these honey garlic chicken thighs as whole pieces or you can shred the meat.

We prefer to shred the chicken thighs and serve over cooked white rice. And of course, don’t forget to ladle some of the sauce over the rice to make it extra delicious!

shredded meat
You can serve the chicken whole, cut into cubes, or shredded.

Freezer Meal Recommendation

If you are wanting to make this as a freezer meal go ahead and sear the chicken and let it cool completely.

Add the chicken and the remaining ingredients to a resealable plastic bag and freeze.

When you are ready to cook your frozen Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs – simply put the frozen pack in the slow cooker and add an additional hour to your cooking time.

slow cooker honey garlic chicken

Check out some of our other favorite Slow Cooker Recipes.

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Yield: 4

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

honey garlic chicken thighs

Fall apart tender chicken thighs in a honey garlic sauce and cooked in the slow cooker for an easy to make dinner recipe.


  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. freshly minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime

For Serving:

  • cooked white or brown rice
  • green onions, optional


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil.
  2. Working in batches as needed season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and sear until golden on each side. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, ginger, Sriracha, and lime juice. Pour sauce over chicken and toss until chicken is well coated.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, or on high for 2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  5. Serve immediately over rice and garnish with green onions if desired.


To make this a freezer meal, sear the chicken thighs and let cool. Then add the chicken and the remaining marinade ingredients in a resealable freezer bag. Place the chicken and marinade in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3 hours. Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
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