I have a confession to make –
Before making this recipe and writing this post, I had never used my slow cooker before. Crazy, right? And if you too are one of those ashamed slow cooker virgins, I promise after one use, it will become one of your favourite kitchen tools too.
It may surprise you that after our delicious pulled chicken and lentil stew recipes, I had yet to break out my crockpot. What finally gave me that push to break-in this appliance? A barely two week old beautiful newborn who requires constant use of my hands and…other parts. That is the beauty of a slow cooker. With minimal prep and assembly, you have a delicious meal on the table that is basically hands-free.
This sweet and sticky chicken is reminiscent of your favourite Chinese take out sesame chicken, without all the greasy fried batter. The slow cooker creates a tender chicken breast coated in a rich and thick sauce.
Once the chicken is done, a simple shred and addition of a cornstarch slurry to thicken the remaining sauce finishes this dish off nicely. I loved this chicken over rice or another grain of your choice, but I think it would also work great as a sandwich or taco filling.
And if you happen not to be suffering from lack of sleep and baby brain, add the sesame seeds
that you set aside but forgot to use for a nice crunchy finish.
I have a feeling you may be seeing many more slow cooker posts in the near future!