These Asian-inspired and delightfully sticky honey garlic chicken thighs are so easy to make. The sauce is made with just a few basic ingredients which you probably have in your pantry and refrigerator. A scaled-down recipe for two fits perfectly in a smaller 4-quart slow cooker.

You can also mix it up and try my Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Thighs. Looking for more slow cooker recipe ideas? Check out more recipes for a small slow cooker.

honey garlic chicken thighs on plate.

Why my recipe works

The dark meat of the chicken thighs makes this flavorful and moist. The sauce uses common pantry ingredients, making it a great quick and easy dinner.

Ingredients and Substitutions

chicken thighs on white plate and other ingredients to make the honey garlic sauce.
  • Chicken thighs bone-in with skin, or you can substitute chicken breasts or a boneless chicken.
  • Sauce: a mix of honey, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic paste, and seasoning of dried oregano and parsley mixed together to make this sweet, sticky sauce. The amounts can be adjusted to your taste.

Recipe Directions

  1. Lightly spray a 4-quart slow cooker with vegetable oil. Arrange the chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  2. In a bowl or measuring cup combine the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic paste, oregano, and parsley.
  3. Pour the honey garlic sauce over the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° F.
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Optional Step: After fully cooked, place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet, and baste with some of the sauce. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp and brown the skin.

Recipe Notes

  • Use enough chicken thighs to cover the bottom of your slow cooker. If you make a smaller amount, use a smaller slow cooker.
  • Your slow cooker may run a little hotter or cooler so it’s good to check the chicken after 4 hours to determine if you need to cook longer than the suggested 4 hours.
  • 165° Fahrenheit is the safe internal temperature for chicken. Check out the guidelines from the USDA.
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4 honey garlic chicken thighs on plate.

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Serving Suggestions

Go with a classic and serve with steamed rice or cilantro rice. you can serve whole thighs or chop up and mix in with the rice. These are also great served with green beans and potatoes.

How to store leftovers

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave.

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honey garlic chicken thighs on plate.

Small Batch Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

A flavorful Asian-inspired honey garlic chicken. This super easy recipe uses just a few common ingredients.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 thighs
Calories: 676kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  • Lightly spray a 4-quart slow cooker with vegetable oil. Arrange the chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup combine the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic paste, oregano, and parsley.
  • Pour the honey garlic sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° F.

Notes

  • Use enough chicken thighs to cover the bottom of your slow cooker., if you make a smaller amount then use a smaller slow cooker. This is a great recipe to make in the 2 1/2 quart casserole crockpot.
  • Your slow cooker may run a little hotter or cooler so it’s good to check the chicken after 4 hours to avoid overcooking and to determine you need to cook longer than the suggested 4 hours.
  • 165° Fahrenheit is the safe internal temperature for chicken.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 2thighs | Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 333mg | Sodium: 2498mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g
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