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Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

PREP TIME
10 min
COOK TIME
6h 35 min
YIELDS
6 - 12 servings

Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger (along with the natural juices of the chicken) become irresistible sauce to serve over chicken thighs and rice. If you like a thicker sauce, simply add cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
8
boneless skinless chicken thighs (2 to 2 1/2 lbs total)
cup honey
cup ketchup
cup low-sodium soy sauce
½
tsp dried oregano
¼
tsp crushed red pepper flakes
6
cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1
(1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and minced
2
tbsp cornstarch, optional
1
tsp toasted sesame seeds
Chopped scallions and cooked white rice, for serving
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Directions

Notes

Special equipment: a 6-quart slow-cooker

Step 1

Coat the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray and add the chicken thighs. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together the honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oregano, pepper flakes, garlic and ginger and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through and tender, 5 to 6 hours. Turn off the heat, uncover and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. The chicken and sauce can be served as-is or, for a thicker sauce, remove the chicken and set aside, covered, to keep warm, then turn the slow cooker to high. Stir the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water together until it resembles heavy cream. Pour the mixture into the sauce, cover and cook until the sauce is thick and bubbling, about 30 minutes. (The mixture must come to a boil to activate the starch and thicken the sauce.) Return the chicken back to the sauce and heat the chicken through, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Transfer the chicken and sauce to a platter, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and scallions and serve hot with rice.

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