Marc and I absolutely love our Chinese takeout. I always go for dumplings and shrimp lo mein while his absolute favorite is sesame chicken. When I went to culinary school in the earlier days of our relationship, I brought home samples of everything I made for him to try. During our Asian cuisine section, he was so happy when I brought home his favorite. So this week I decided to make it again and modify it for the slow cooker. That way I could go about my day and not babysit it. I loved how simple it was to make!
That was all there was to it! I just served the honey sesame chicken with rice and extra sesame seeds on top for garnish. Oh my goodness, my husband makes a very specific face when something I make is REALLY good and he made that face this time. I was so happy to make his favorite takeout dish at home. Hope you all love it too! xoxo
It is so simple and fun to make your own Chinese takeout at home. This slow cooker honey sesame chicken and broccoli is quick to put together and huge on flavor! Serve with rice for a complete meal.
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts diced into 2 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup cornstarch divided, plus an additional 1/4 teaspoon for near the end
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 head broccoli cut into bite sized florets
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds plus additional for garnish on top
First, mix the diced chicken and two tablespoons of the corn starch in a bowl so that the chicken gets coated. Then heat 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil in a large skillet and brown the chicken for just a couple of minutes on the outside. It does not need to be cooked through at this time. Then transfer the chicken to a slow cooker. Mix the remaining two tablespoons of corn starch with the water to create a slurry and pour it into the slow cooker with the chicken. Finally, add the garlic, soy sauce, honey, and rice wine vinegar. Stir it all together and turn the heat to low. Seal the slow cooker and let it all cook for 3 hours.
When the 3 hours are up, add the broccoli florets and the final 1/4 teaspoon of corn starch to thicken it all more. Seal the slow cooker again and let it all cook for another hour to hour and a half. Stir in the sesame seeds at the end just so they get fragrant. Serve it immediately with rice and extra sesame seeds on top for an easy meal that will be even better than your favorite takeout!