Honey garlic sesame chicken recipe is sweet yet savory and bursting with flavor, this honey garlic chicken requires minimal time in the kitchen.  It takes only five minutes to throw together in your slow cooker.

This honey garlic sesame chicken is sure to be one that your family loves for years to come!

So, what’s the key to its amazing flavor? The sauce.



How To Make A Healthy Honey Garlic Sauce

A basic honey garlic sauce consists of just a few things: honey, garlic (of course), soy sauce, ketchup, plus a dash of sesame oil.


In this particular recipe, we’re making it even healthier by using two of my favorite Bragg food helpers: Bragg liquid aminos and Bragg apple cider vinegar (ACV) with “the mother”.


Bragg liquid aminos are a liquid protein concentrate made from soybeans with 16 different naturally occurring amino acids. Liquid aminos taste much like soy sauce (which is usually fermented with wheat), but is a wonderful gluten-free substitute. Plus, it’s made using non-GMO soybeans.


Adding apple cider vinegar to the sauce gives it an extra “kick” while adding health benefits, such as improving insulin sensitivity and making the carbs in your meal have less of an impact on blood sugar.  Consuming ACV daily has also been shown to help people lose belly fat and feel fuller longer!

 We’re also swapping regular high fructose corn syrup-laden ketchup for organic ketchup or homemade lacto-fermented ketchup.


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The result is a healthy honey garlic sauce that tastes just as good as the original, but healthier!

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe Variation

With the slow cooker, I just add the chicken pieces to the bottom of the pot, cover with sauce, and set to cook on low or high.


In the Instant Pot, the method is much the same. But instead of cooking for several hours, you’re done in just over 30 minutes from start to finish! Only 20 minutes of cook time on high pressure, plus a little extra time on either end for pressure building and release.


We’re also adding 1/2 cup of cooking liquid (chicken broth) to ensure the recipe has enough liquid for the high temps of the Instant Pot (to prevent scorching).

Healthy Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe Notes

Use any chicken you prefer: bone-in or boneless thighs, chicken breast pieces, even wings! This recipe is extremely versatile. I prefer bone-in chicken thighs for ultimate tenderness and texture.


If using a slow cooker, cook on high or low depending on preference. Then adjust the cooking time (instructions below).


Use a variety of fresh herbs to top your chicken! I love chopped parsley but oregano or sage would be nice also. A sprinkling of sesame seeds is a nice touch, too. No salt and pepper is needed, since the sauce has so much flavor already!


Serve this honey garlic chicken alongside colorful steamed vegetables and perfect soaked rice


If doubling the recipe, there’s no need to make much extra sauce.  A little goes a long way and seems to coat the chicken extremely well, even if you add a few extra thighs to the pot.


There’s no need to use local, raw honey in this recipe, although it definitely has the most health benefits. Since we are heating this sauce at high temps, many of the beneficial enzymes are lost. So ideally, save your good honey for desserts and special drinks, like honey-sweetened kombucha!

Recipe Notes

Slow Cooker Variation

Omit chicken broth. Add chicken thighs to the bottom of the slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix honey, liquid aminos, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, and sesame oil together. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover slow cooker with lid.

Cook 4 to 5 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH. If using frozen chicken, add 1 hour of cook time to ensure doneness. Top with chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, if desired.


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What are your favorite super easy chicken recipes? Which do you use more often: the Instant Pot or a slow cooker?

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To Your Health Longevity & Vitality,

Jesslyn Lim

Integrative Nutrition & Life Coach | Aromatherapist




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