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.

a bowl of sesame chicken over white rice topped with toasted sesame seeds.

I have to thank my daughter encouraging me to create a single serving slow cooker sesame chicken recipe. She’s a big sesame chicken fan and requests it every time we order takeout.

I assure you, this dish is so much better than takeout! It’s super simple and incredibly delicious. Just whisk together the few ingredients for the sauce, pour it over chicken thighs or a chicken breast and cook.

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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.

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In the case of this 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!

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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:

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • olive oil
  • dried onions
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • cornstarch
an overhead picture of a yellow bowl filled with chicken pieces in a honey sesame sauce. The bowl is on a tray with a blue and white napkin in the background.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this sesame chicken recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving or small batch recipes:

Chicken: Chicken Caprese, Chicken Fricassee, Mustard Chicken

Honey: Honey Lemon Custard, Baked Oatmeal, Healing Turmeric Tea, Butternut Squash Soup

Soy Sauce: Cashew Chicken, Pork Stir Fry, Fried Rice

Ketchup: Slow Cooker Mini Meatloaf, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Juicy Lucy

Olive oil: Baba Ganoush, Shrimp Scampi, Avocado Toast

Cornstarch: Vanilla Pudding, Coconut Cream Pie, Cherry Pie Filling

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.

Other Single Serving Slow Cooker Recipes

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Orange Chicken

Italian Chicken

Apple Butter

Red Beans and Rice

How To Adapt Recipes To The Size Of Your Slow Cooker

For the slow cooker recipes featured on this website, I suggest using a 1.5 to 3-quart slow cooker.

If you have a large slow cooker, that’s fine too. You can easily adapt your large slow cooker into a small slow cooker by placing an oven safe bowl inside of the bowl of your slow cooker. This absolutely works and I’ve done it many times.

a bowl inserted inside a large slow cooker demonstrating how to adapt a recipe for slow cooking

Rules to follow…

  • Be sure to use an oven safe bowl inside the big bowl of the slow cooker.
  • Slow cookers work best when they are about two-thirds to three-quarters full. When the bowl isn’t full enough, the food will cook faster and possibly burn. If the bowl is too full, the food may need to be cooked longer than the suggested cooking times.
  • Always cook with the lid on your crockpot and try to avoid opening the lid while cooking.


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

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
0 minutes
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

How To Video


  • 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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36 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this sesame chicken recipe yesterday and it is delicious! This is definitely one that will be made again and again. The sauce I plan to try with different meats to change things up. I hope there will be more crockpot recipes since they are so fast and easy. Love the site, and the recipes I’ve tried have been winners!

    1. Thank you so much, Adele. I’m so happy you enjoyed the chicken – and yes, more slow cooker recipe will be coming soon!


  2. 5 stars
    Small batch banana bread muffins. Outstanding…I added1/4plus teaspoon of cinnamon. These are a WINNER!! THANK YOU!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Cait Weingartner

    Even though it’s BBQ season, I still like to use my slow cooker now and then too. This chicken dish looks delicious, so I’ll definitely be giving it a try.

  7. 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!

  8. How cute is that mini slow cooker?! I’m definitely passing this along the singles in my life — looks delicious!

  9. 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!

  10. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    I love the idea of making a meal for one! There are so many people out there who don’t cook because it makes so much. I can’t wait to share this one!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! I’m always looking for interesting and easy recipes for weeknight meals– this one sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 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!

    1. Thanks, Deborah. This mini slow cooker is great for anyone cooking for one or two. They can be found on Amazon.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

    1. Thank you, Kathleen. You can definitely double the ingredients in this recipe. I’ve done it successfully – Enjoy!

    1. I’m not sure, Lynn. The sauce is amazing so I assume it would taste great with shrimp. If you try it, let me know.

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