Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One

The best Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken recipe for one! Made with a sweet honey sesame sauce, it’s so much better than takeout and is the perfect amount if you’re cooking for one.

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I have to thank my daughter for this easy slow cooker sesame chicken recipe.

She’s a sesame chicken fan and has been asking me for months to recreate her favorite takeout meal and make it a single serving recipe.

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Chicken Crockpot Recipes

Slow cooker chicken recipes and Crockpot chicken recipes are among the easiest recipes out there – add the ingredients and walk away.

With a slow cooker, there’s no heating up the kitchen and no fussing with stirring and mixing.

In this case of this slow cooker sesame chicken recipe, just whisk together the incredibly delicious ingredients for the sauce, pour it over two boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cook for 4 hours.

That’s it!

Let’s talk about the sesame chicken sauce for a minute. Trust me when I tell you the sauce is heavenly and there’s plenty of it too.

There needs to be a lot of sauce when you’re making honey sesame chicken because you need to have enough sauce for the rice, right? Plenty of sauce is a definite must.

Sesame Chicken

You’ll love the flavors in this single serving sesame chicken recipe. The chicken is fall-apart tender but the sauce totally makes the meal. It’s heavenly and you should end up with quite a bit – which is wonderful!

You might want to add a side of rice which helps to soak up the delicious sauce.

Ingredients In Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken:

  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • olive oil
  • dried onions
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • cornstarch

Scroll down to the recipe box to see the entire recipe and instructions.

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After the chicken has cooked, remove the thighs from the slow cooker and place them on a cutting board. Cut them into bite-sized pieces.

To thicken the sauce, whisk together the cornstarch and water, then stir it into the sauce in the slow cooker. As the sauce continues to heat, the sauce will thicken.

Add the chicken back into the slow cooker and mix with the sauce. 

Serve over rice and be sure to check out the ingredients and the instructions for making a single serving of rice in the recipe notes below.


For this slow cooker sesame chicken recipe, I use a 1.5 quart capacity slow cooker. For best results, please use a pan of similar size.

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What To Serve With Sesame Chicken

You might like to consider serving any of these single serving side dish recipes with your sesame chicken:

Roasted Carrots

Mini Irish Soda Bread


Baked Brown Rice


Avocado Salad

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Other Slow Cooker Recipes

If you like this single serving slow cooker chicken recipe, you might also like to try these slow cooker recipes:

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One | One Dish Kitchen

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
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Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 555kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Place the chicken thighs into the base of a mini slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the tops of the chicken.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, olive oil, dried onions, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken thighs. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low until the chicken is tender, 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place on cutting board. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir, cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes on a high temperature.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and stir into the sauce.
  • Top with sesame seeds and serve over rice. (See notes for the ingredients and instructions to make a single serving of rice).


1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup white rice 
1.  Bring the water, salt and butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the rice.
2.  Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid.
3.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed.


Serving: 1serving without rice | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1366mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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33 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One”

  1. I just found your blog today and I’m so happy! I just bought a 1.5 qt cooker and looked for recipes under that. Not much. I tried slow cooker recipes for one thinking much won’t come up. This will be the 1st recipe I try in my new cooker!

  2. I have a Rival little slow cooker. Model 3215. Just the right size. I have had it for many years but if you google it I’m sure you can find one. Love all your recipes. I have just pinned a bunch of them. Thank you so much❤️

    1. Hi Pauline,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing the type of slow cooker you use and love. Reader recommendations help so much.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Since Amazon no longer has the tiny slow cooker like your blue one, I’m curious to know who makes it. The ones they carry now don’t suit me and cost over $20 more than yours did. Perhaps it can be found elsewhere. I’m hoping so anyway. Still enjoying your recipes and handy info. in the newsletter, on Pinterest and with the group on Facebook.

    1. Hi Tess,
      The blue slow cooker is a Hamilton Beach Party Crock and you’re right, it doesn’t seem to be carried on Amazon at the moment. I also have and use a 1.5 quart Elite Gourmet slow cooker and on Amazon the price ranges from $12 – $15. I’ve used it for a while and it hasn’t given me any trouble. Here is a link to the slow cooker I use –

      I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes. Thank you so much for letting me know and have a wonderful weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    This is the first time I on your blog and I am loving it! I often am cooking by myself and it’s hard for me to make meals. I need to look into your recipes!

  5. it’s impossible to find recipes for one – especially great ones like this- Im seeing your blog for the first time today & Im loving it!

  6. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    This is some delicious looking sesame chicken! I would much prefer it to the breaded kind!

  7. I love using my slow cooker. It’s the easiest way I can prepare delicious meals without putting in too much effort. I am going to try this sesame chicken.

  8. I love using my slow cooker. It’s the easiest way I can prepare delicious meals without putting in too much effort. I am going to try this sesame chicken.

  9. That looks great. I am a huge fan of slow cooker meals to help save me time in the kitchen. Only, then I end up eating the same meal for the rest of the week because there’s so much! I didn’t realize you could buy the small sized slow cookers!

  10. I love how all your recipes are for one! I like the combination of ingredients you chose for the Sesame Chicken – looking forward to making it. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!! And I have to say that mini slow cooker is so cute!! I’ll probably just double the recipe so my husband and I can try it. I love how the ingredients are all things I normally have!


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