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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.

This is a copycat recipe for honey sesame chicken. It's a lighter version than the ones typically found at Asian restaurants. The chicken is not battered and fried, rather it's slowly cooked in an incredibly delicious sauce.

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I assure you, this dish is so much better than any takeout meal! The recipe is super simple to make. 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 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. You might also like these slow cooker chicken recipes:

In the case of this sesame chicken recipe, just whisk together the ingredients for the sauce, pour it over boneless, skinless chicken thighs or a chicken breast and cook for 4 hours.

That's it!

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Ingredients

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 of sauce - which is a very good thing!

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

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

Serve over rice, if desired.

An overhead view of a yellow bowl filled with chicken pieces in a honey sesame sauce over white rice topped with toasted sesame seeds.

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:

Other Single Serving Chicken Recipes

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 convert 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.

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

Enjoy!

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:

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One | One Dish Kitchen

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One

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

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 cup cooked rice (optional)

How To Video

Instructions

  • 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, if desired. (See notes for the ingredients and instructions to make a single serving of rice).

Notes

TO MAKE A SINGLE SERVING OF RICE
Ingredients
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup white rice 
 
Directions
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.

Nutrition

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

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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50 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken For One”

  1. 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 – https://amzn.to/2VM4IDF

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  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!

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