Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken with a Soy Sauce HACK!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  This recipe isn’t green, but that’s a good thing.  Right?  Who’d want green chicken?

When I looked at recipes on-line for sesame chicken, I wondered…

Which is healthier?  Teriyaki or Soy Sauce?

The recipes I found called for soy sauce, which I’ve heard is unhealthy due to high sodium (salt).  I saved my research for later and used half teriyaki sauce and half soy sauce for my first venture into this recipe.  It proved to have little to no difference in flavor.

It looks delicious, right?  It was!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Years ago, I started substituting teriyaki sauce for soy sauce.  In my research after making this first batch of sesame chicken, I discovered that teriyaki sauce is actually soy sauce plus  added sugars and spices.  So, teriyaki sauce has high sodium and  high sugar.  Who knew?

Thank goodness for on-line research!  I won’t feel as guilty using soy sauce in the future.

Or, better yet…there’s another alternative:  Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is an all-purpose seasoning from soy protein.  It’s sometimes hard to find in my area, so PAM gave me the remainder of her bottle earlier this week.  I made another batch of sesame chicken with Bragg Liquid Aminos when I arrived home Wednesday afternoon.

It’s lighter in color with the Bragg’s, and just as tasty.  (Sneaky.  HH didn’t notice any difference.  Score!)

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

It’s so simple, too.  Here are the ingredients.  That’s honey beside the Liquid Aminos.  Oh – also you need corn starch for thickening.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Ingredients

Mix everything except the chicken into an oiled slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Chop boneless skinless breasts or tenders into large chunks and add to cooker.  Chicken shrinks when cooked, so larger (1-1/2″) chunks are better in the end.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Set the cooker on either high for two and a half hours or low for five hours.  Thirty minutes before the end of cooking, mix together cold water and corn starch (or your favorite thickener) until smooth.  Pour into the cooker and stir well.  (This final thirty minutes is also perfect timing for cooking your favorite rice.)

Water and Corn Starch

You’ll know it’s thick enough when it clings well to your spoon.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Also during the final thirty minutes, toast sesame seeds in a pan on medium heat.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

This is optional, but I like the full flavor of toasted.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Serve sesame chicken over rice with a side or two and possibly bread…and you’re good to go!

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

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A slow cooker entree recipe that's easy to prepare - the slow cooking takes the longest..
Kim:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 10 tenders, cut into large chunks
  • ½ cup soy sauce or teriyaki sauce or use half of each - OR ¾ cup of Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 2 small onions (or 1 large) chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker with vegetable spray, and add the next seven ingredients after chicken. (Stir well to mix in honey so it doesn't stick to the bottom.)
  2. Chop chick into 1-1/2" chunks and add to cooker.
  3. Cook on low for five hours or high for two and a half hours.
  4. During final 30 minutes, mix corn starch with ¼ cup cold water and stir into cooker.
  5. When thickened, it's ready to serve. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve over rice.
  6. Enjoy!

 So, which sauce will you use for your sesame chicken?  What about a thickener?  What’s your favorite?

Blessings~

I’m sharing this recipe at Metamorphosis Monday.  🙂

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Comments

  1. Robin says

    That looks sooooo good! (I’m salivating over here…remembering what it tastes like.LOL)
    Braggs is a great substitute for the soy sauce.

    We found Coconut Secret Coconut aminos garlic sauce, that my daughter LOVES when she stir fries and makes other things. She said it takes just like chinese food. AND I got it 75% off ! (Got a few FREE bottles after that!) WIN-WIN-WIN! She is a vegan so there is no CHICKEN for her. But I COULD use it for hubby…and make him a surprise.

    Yesterday’s ALCAT testing…she couldn’t find my vein….had to call “the lady in the white coat”. Story of my life! LOL Then SHE had problems. My veins are deep and don’t wanna be punctured. Strong willed veins. HMMM. HA! After wiggling the needle to find the vein (OW!), she gave up on my left arm. She eventually found one in the right…but my hand was turning purple from making a fist. My last blood test I had no problem at all. Ya never know what will happen. LOL

    Afterwards I went to JoAnn Fabrics and forgot all about the wonky blood test! JoAnn’s makes everything better. HA! I behaved. I only got what I went for. Right before I left the house JoAnn’s texted me a 60% off coupon. I was going to be very close to my fave JoAnn’s…the super store, so I got black lace to add to my pant leg bottoms. I was having great issues dying lace to a dark gray. I was getting blue-ish. Might have been my old aluminum pot. After 2 fails I gave up and decided black would work. So I got 2 yards of $2.49/yd lace for $1.99. I LOVE 60% off coupons!!! I did look at yarn and fabric but resisted. I was impressed with my restraint. LOL

    I stopped at ACMoore to look at Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn for my next project…and I fell off the wagon. hahaha I only spent $4.00 on purple. Then I hit the other ACMoore on my way home and got white, another $4.00. For somebody trying NOT to spend a dime I was bad. But still, I spent $10 and got $24.96 worth of stuff. (See how I justify my spending? LOL) I was impressed with the fact that I actually REMEMBERED which colors I already had at home…being I had not looked at the yarn and this autoimmune mess gives me brain fog.

    Quincy is internet famous yet again…..he is on darwinsdogs.org. You can add your dog’s pix and a story about him and he will be featured in the dogs of the month. (on the DOGS tab) There are a TON of them, and unfortunately they are not listed in alphabetical order, so ya gotta scroll through. AND they seem to change position, so they are never in the same spot. OY. LOL

    Here is Q’s profile:
    https://darwinsdogs.org/?pg=dog&id=6757
    I’m still waiting on his free DNA results.

    Happy Shamrock Day!!!

    • says

      Thanks for sharing the link to Q’s star page. How adorable! What a great write-up, too. Dogs sure are funny! After reading about your good deals and the number of stops you made, I have one thing to say. If you don’t want to spend money, don’t go anywhere! Haha! That’s my best advice. Of course, you weren’t serious about totally not spending, or you wouldn’t have tempted yourself. Right? You got great deals, though! That’s always a valid excuse. “Honey, look how much money I saved by (spending money) buying this at such a great price.” Always justified! 🙂 Happy weekend of stitching ahead!

  2. Susan says

    Anyone tried half soy sauce, half general Tao sauce? We like spicy. . . .but not sure how the mixture will come out? Any thoughts?

    • says

      Eating a certain way is limiting, but if you feel better, it’s all worth it. I gave up Coke and coffee in January, but I don’t feel much difference. But, my energy level hasn’t lacked from no caffeine. Yay! I can survive without it! Happy Friday, friend! 🙂

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