Get ready for a taste sensation that surpasses takeout with our Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs! Tender, juicy, and bursting with the perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors, this recipe is a culinary masterpiece. Paired with lo mein noodles, it becomes a simple make-ahead meal that’s not only easy but also incredibly delicious. Say goodbye to takeout and hello to a homemade dish that will have everyone asking for seconds!

overhead image of a bowl of honey garlic chicken thighs with lo mein noodles topped with green onions, sesame seeds, and cilantro

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Treating yourself to takeout can be a welcome departure from the norm, but there’s something truly special about recreating your favorite meals at home, just like this Honey Garlic Chicken. Here are a few reasons why it’s an irresistible go-to:

  • Just as flavorful as your favorite restaurant and so easy to make on your own
  • Sweet, savory, tangy, and unbelievably delicious
  • Combined and cooked in the slow cooker with minimal prep work
  • A complete meal on its own, and perfect for feeding a crowd 
raw chicken thighs in a garlic marinade

Ingredients You’ll Need

Our ultra-delicious Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs are crafted with simple Asian staples for a complex and satisfying flavor. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Soy Paste – Used to form the base of the sauce. 
  • Soy Sauce – We recommend using low-sodium varieties to be able to control the amount of salt in the dish. 
  • Honey – Just a dash helps sweeten the sauce, and allows it to cling to the chicken and noodles. 
  • Sriracha – Add as little or as much as you’d like to satisfy your taste. 
  • Chicken – For the best results, we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. 
  • Oyster Sauce – A thick, syrup-like sauce common in Asian cuisine. 
  • Sesame Oil – Adds a slightly nutty taste. 
  • Ginger – Contributes a refreshing, tangy flavor that levels out the rest of the flavors in the dish. 
  • Garlic – We use 6 cloves! 
  • Rice Wine Vinegar – The acidity helps allow the sweet flavors to come through without overpowering the recipe. 
  • Cornstarch and Water – Combined and mixed with the rest of the ingredients to help thicken the sauce. 
  • Lo mein rice noodles – These are added at the very end of cooking to transform this honey garlic chicken into a complete meal! 
honey garlic chicken with lo mein noodles topped with green onions and sesame seeds

How to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Get ready for the ultimate in ease and flavor with our Honey Garlic Chicken—it’s one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make! This culinary gem is designed to be straightforward and stress-free, allowing you to enjoy a delicious meal without breaking a sweat.

  1. Combine the Ingredients. Add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients except for the noodles and cornstarch. In a separate small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water together until smooth. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. 
  2. Cook. Cover, and cook on high until the chicken is cooked. 
  3. Shred. Use two forks to shred the chicken in the slow cooker. 
  4. Add the Noodles. Stir in the cooked noodles, mixing until everything is tossed with the sauce. Garnish, and serve warm! 

Honey Garlic Chicken Common Questions

Can I use chicken breast instead of thighs? 

Chicken thighs work best as they have a bolder flavor and juicier consistency. However, if preferred, breasts can be used in their place. 

Can I make these honey garlic chicken thighs ahead of time? 

Yes, once cooked and cooled, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Or, freeze them for up to 1 month. 

Can I substitute lo mein noodles? 

Sure, feel free to use chow mein noodles, rice noodles, ramen, or vermicelli noodles instead! 

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

5 from 13 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 2 minutes
Even better than takeout, this Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe is tender, juicy, and full of sweet and savory flavors. Paired with lo mein noodles, it’s a simple make-ahead meal that couldn't be easier to create!

Ingredients  

  • 2 pounds about 8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 1/3 cup soy paste
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons sriracha or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch + 1/4 cup water
  • 16 ounces lo mein noodles cooked according to package instructions
  • Optional: sesame seeds and scallions for garnish

Instructions 

  • In the slow cooker, add the chicken thighs, add the remaining ingredients except for the noodles and cornstarch.
    2 pounds about 8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, 1/3 cup soy paste, 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1/3 cup honey, 4 Tablespoons sriracha or to taste, 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 Tablespoons ginger, 6 cloves garlic, 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water together until smooth. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
    2 Tablespoons cornstarch + 1/4 cup water
  • Cover, and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • While the chicken cooks, prepare the noodles according to the package instructions. Set aside.
    16 ounces lo mein noodles
  • Shred the chicken, and mix to combine the ingredients.
  • Stir in the noodles, and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle garnishes on top, if desired. Serve warm.
    Optional: sesame seeds and scallions for garnish
  • Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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36 Comments

    1. It does! We unfortunately don’t have the nutrition for the recipe without the noodles, but you could always plug the ingredients to an app like MyFitnessPal or Cronometer!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  1. Hi just finished making this recipe and man is it good. Not going to eat it right now, so I was wondering how I would heat it up later for my kids. I just don’t want the chicken to become rubbery in the microwave.
    Just a tip- I used 3 tablespoons of Sriracha sauce and it was very spicy. I put 2 teaspoons of Greek yogurt in it and it definitely calm it down so it’s not too spicy for my kids.👍🏻

    1. We’re so glad you enjoyed it and were able to adjust it to suit your needs! We recommend covering a baking dish with foil and reheating at 350 degrees. You can even add a bit of water to help keep the chicken moist.

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  2. Any instant pot conversion tips?! Especially the cornstarch…ok to put it in at the same time as recipe requests for slow cooker?

    1. Hi Mira! Unfortunately, we haven’t tested this recipe in the Instant Pot and can’t guarantee your results. We think it should be fine if you add the cornstarch as normal. Please let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

    1. It adds extra depth with a sweet and salty umami flavor. We don’t recommend omitting it!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

      1. shoot! I just noticed I used the “white miso soy bean paste”. Will this not work? Should I add coconut aminos?

    1. You can try hoisin sauce. It will have a slightly different taste but it pretty close to soy paste!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  3. hi. this looks delicious. any way to make it a faster cooking meal instead of 3 hours? sorry if this is a basic question. I don’t really cook but would like to try to make this!

    1. Hi! You could try baking the chicken in the oven, but it won’t have the fall apart tender texture that makes it easy to shred.

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  4. 5 stars
    Just tried this with chicken breast and pad thai noodles. My husband and I are very happy with this recipe!

  5. I am always looking for a slow cooker recipe that I can make for my always hungry young adult boys. This is so easy and good. I did 1.5 times the recipe so it could feed a crowd. I now have the ingredients on hand in my pantry and the recipe is on heavy rotation!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious meal, and a keeper recipe. I used 3lbs of thighs and used 4 pkgs of ramen noodles instead. Just enough left over for one more meal.

    1. So glad this was a hit! It’s always makes it even better when there is enough left for leftovers! xo, Alia & Radwa

  7. Looks delicious! Is there a good substitute for oyster sauce? Will it affect the recipe too much if I leave it out? My son has a seafood allergy.

    1. 5 stars
      I also have a seafood allergy and I substituted with hoisin sauce. It was delicious! A big hit with the whole family – I will definitely make this again!