Sweet Sesame Crock-Pot Chicken (Secret Recipe Club)

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 29, 2013

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As school is in full swing now, one child’s soccer comes with weekly practice AND a game, another child’s AP classes demand constant studying, back-to-school nights beckon, work trips loom, both parents feel frazzled, and I know it’s time to breathe deeply and find the easy way out.

Browsing for easy new chicken recipes, I came across a lovely Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken on the blog JessFuel, and I bookmarked it. I imagined I could make it on a weekend and it would be a lifesaver to have waiting for a weekday dinner a day or two later. The sauce looks sticky and good; the chicken strips sitting on the white rice with broccoli alongside are reminiscent of tasty, memorable Chinese restaurant food

In an easier week or a less hectic month, I might make it from scratch, as she did, with all dozen ingredients. This time, I used her recipe as a light bulb of inspiration. I would use the new Mrs. Dash’s Sweet Teriyaki Marinade as the sauce, which allows me to naturally reduce the sodium in the dish (no salt, MSG or high fructose corn syrup in this bottled sauce), and garnish the heck out of the finished dish to make it my own. That’s the ticket!

Sweet Sesame Crock-Pot Chicken on Shockingly DeliciousWhile I was at Jess’s blog, though, I bookmarked a few other delicious sounding recipes – Thai Chicken Enchiladas (what a great-sounding fusiony recipe!), Goat Cheese and Apple Chicken (mmmm…goat cheese),  Chicken and Broccoli Calzones, and Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings (comforting and casual).

Obviously, I’m on a chicken jag here, so let’s toss my favorite chicken part — thighs — and teriyaki marinade in the Crock-Pot and get going. Whether you use her scratch version, or my shortcut, please make it!

Recipe: Sweet Sesame Crock-Pot Chicken

Sweet Sesame Crock-Pot Chicken on Shockingly DeliciousSummary: A low-salt marinade is used to make a flavorful teriyaki glaze for Crock-Pot chicken, for an Asian-influenced dinner.


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 5 thighs)
  • 9 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Sweet Teriyaki Marinade, divided use
  • Slurry: 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed into 2 teaspoons water
  • Garnish: Sesame seeds, chopped green onions or chives
  • Served on: Cooked rice or shredded Napa cabbage (for the low-carbers)
  • Serve with: Steamed gai lan or broccoli and steamed carrot coins


  1. Mist inside of crock with nonstick spray. Lay chicken pieces in the crock, and top with 6 tablespoons of the marinade. Spread it over the chicken, close the lid and cook on LOW for about 5 hours. The chicken will release juice over this time, so the juices will accumulate in the crock with the marinade.
  2. When chicken is done, remove it to another plate, and pour juices from crock into a small sauce pan. Bring juice to a boil, and then add slurry of cornstarch and water, stirring while adding. Bring it back to a boil; it will thicken. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of the marinade to the thickened juices, and boil for about 30 seconds or so.
  3. Put the chicken atop cooked rice, shredded Napa cabbage or your choice of “bed,” and pour thick teriyaki over. Sprinkle with chopped chives and sesame seeds, for pretty.Sweet Sesame Crock-Pot Chicken on Shockingly Delicious
  4. Serves 4.


Mrs. Dash Sweet Teriyaki MarinadeAdapted from Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken on JessFuel

Disclosure: Mrs. Dash sent the marinade for recipe testing. 

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Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 hours
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: Asian

Secret Recipe Club button on Shockingly DeliciousI enjoyed exploring Jess’s blog this past month as part of my assignment from Secret Recipe Club.

Join us in the Secret Recipe Club this month for some delicious eats, from Jess’s blog and many others!

You can see what other cooks in the Secret Recipe Club made this month, right below here in the array of photos. Click any of them to be transported to that particular recipe!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

bakingaddict October 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

I love crockpot/slow cooker recipes and this looks really tasty. Perfect for the cold evenings coming up. Great SRC pick!


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn) October 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I love Jess’s blog 🙂 she has so many great hings to choose from! You made a great pick! I love slow cooker meals and Asian flavors, so this is perfect for me!!


The Wimpy Vegetarian October 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

This would be a great recipe for my husband! It looks wonderful, and I’m not juggling as many family activities as you right now, but I’m always looking for a time saving recipe that’s great! Perfect pick!! And keep remembering to breathe 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold October 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Ha, Wimpy Veg, just ha on the breathing!


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

I’ve made sesame chicken in the slow cooker before, but yours turned out much better than mine at least by appearances! I’ll have to compare the recipes.


Kirstin September 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Yum. I love teriyaki


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories September 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Gorgeous. The thighs are my favorite too. I’m definitely going to make this Dorothy!


Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies September 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

This looks just like from a restaurant and you shortcut makes it much easier to make on those busy weekday evenings…great SRC pick!


Melissa September 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Sounds delicious. I’m always looking for a quick weeknight meal, and with the crock pot, this seems like a perfect fit! Great pick this month. Thanks for sharing 🙂


amy @ fearless homemaker September 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This sounds wonderful and I love your shortcut method – perfect for busy weeknights!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Can’t believe how easy this is! Asian flavored chicken is such a great thing. And I loved making your dutch pancake Dorothy!


Erin @ Table for 7 September 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Chicken in the crock pot is my favorite kind of dinner 🙂 This looks delicious..great choice!


Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines September 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

You can never go wrong when it comes to using your crock pot! Great recipe choice~ Have a great Reveal Day~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


Liz September 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

Sounds nice and easy. I’ll pass it on to my sister who also loves crock pot recipes. Thanks


Tara September 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

Great pick! I definitely need to make use of my crockpot more. Poor thing spends most of its time on the shelf collecting dust.


oakley September 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

I realized that I wouldn’t have time to actually make dinner so I threw the chicken in the crock pot with cream of mushroom and what-nots I found. I could’ve used this recipe instead!


Dorothy Reinhold September 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

Crock-Pot cooking is pretty dang easy if you just get the general concept of it, right?


Traci September 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

I’ve had this recipe before and it is amazing! Great SRC pick this month!


SallyBR September 30, 2013 at 7:24 am

I absolutely need to get myself a crockpot once our kitchen hellnovation is done!

great recipe, great choice for SRC!


Dorothy Reinhold September 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

I snorted over kitchen “hellnovation” !


katie September 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Great choice, love that you served it on cabbage.


Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel September 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Glad you liked the inspiration! I love easy recipes!


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