Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Paleo Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

I love looking at my site analytics and Pinterest pins of my recipes, to see what's trending with my readers. Baked goods and treats are pretty much always slam dunks but one dish's extreme popularity surprised me: Crock Pot Cashew Chicken.

This isn't my original recipe, but I shared the paleo tweaks I made, and proclaimed the dish both both easy and delicious. Apparently there's quite the "market" for Asian crock pot recipes, so I decided to share another one today.

I adapted this recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff, a blog with lots of family-friendly dishes (many of which are made paleo-friendly easily enough). I made it with chicken thighs, as I didn't want to risk breasts getting dried out in the crock pot.

The taste was amazing, though I feel like the ratio of sauce to meat was a bit off. It was VERY saucy, so you might want to either prepare this with more meat or definitely serve your chicken over cauliflower rice to sop up the liquid.

Paleo Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
adapted from Six Sister's Stuff

2 lbs. chicken thighs
salt & pepper
1 cup raw honey
1/2 cup coconut aminos
3 chopped shallots
1/4 cup ketchup (I use Whole Foods to ensure no HFCS)
2 tbs. olive oil
4 minced garlic cloves
pinch of red pepper flakes
4 tsp. arrowroot powder dissolved in 6 tbs. water
sesame seeds

Season thighs with salt and pepper, place in crock pot. Combine honey through red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Pour over chicken and turn meat over to thoroughly coat it in sauce. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Remove chicken from crock pot, leaving sauce. Make slurry of arrowroot and water, and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.

Replace lid and turn crock pot up to high for 10 more minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve on its own or over cauliflower rice or vegetable noodles.


  1. Are the thighs bone in or out? Which is the cooking time for? Thanks! I'm making these today!

  2. Hi Erin! I used boneless thighs and the time sited was based on that... even chicken breasts would work, though I do find thighs tend to get less dried out. I would say regardless of the cut you use, check after 3 hours on low, or if you use high after maybe 1.5... as long as you're chicken is no longer pink you are good to go!

  3. I tried this recipe last night and it was really good! I love that it only took 2 hours to make it. The flavors are really good! Thank you for Paleo-tizing the recipe. :-) It was a tad bit on the sweet side for me and will use less honey next time. Overall great and easy to make!