Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

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Crock Pot Chicken Thighs are cooked in an Asian inspired sauce for a new family favorite! Much like baked chicken thighs, the dark meat in this recipe stays moist and juicy with little effort.

Serve this recipe over fried rice or your favorite chow mein noodles and a side of sesame ginger bok choy!

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds



  • Chicken thighs in this recipe give maximum flavor while still keeping moist and tender. Boneless thighs make for easy serving.
  • You can replace the thighs with breasts but be sure not to overcook them. I find chicken breasts don’t hold moisture as well so I often add a bit of chicken broth and shred them back into the sauce.


  • Freshly grated ginger, and garlic add tons of flavor to this sauce while a scoop of brown sugar adds sweetness.

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs in the slow cooker

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

  1. Brown boneless skinless thighs and place in the bottom of a slow cooker/crockpot.
  2. Whisk the sauce ingredients together and pour over the chicken (see recipe below).
  3. Cook and enjoy!

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs in the slow cooker before cooking and after

How long to cook chicken thighs in the Crock Pot: These chicken thighs can be cooked on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. High temperature is preferred with this recipe.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

This slow cooker chicken recipe is perfect served over fluffy rice (or brown rice). Spoon the chicken over rice, ladle some extra sauce over the top and garnish with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro.

As the sauce is slightly sweet I like to keep the sides fresh and simple like steamed broccoli, bok choy, snap peas or even steamed asparagus.

Crock Pot Chicken Thighs in a bowl with a spoon

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Crock Pot Chicken Thighs garnished with green onions and sesame seeds
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Crock Pot Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
This is an easy, but hearty Asian-inspired recipe. Chicken thighs are cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce making them long on flavor, but short on prep and cooking time!


  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs trimmed of extra fat
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 4 cups cooked white rice for serving
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro for garnish

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  • Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Heat olive oil over medium-high in a 12" skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes until browned on each side.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl add ketchup, soy sauce, honey, dark brown sugar, ginger, sriracha and garlic. Whisk to combine.
  • Add chicken thighs to a 6 quart slow cooker. Pour sauce over the chicken thighs.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has slightly thickened.
  • When fully cooked sprinkle the top of the chicken with green onions and cilantro. Serve over rice.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information does not include rice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 436, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 215mg, Sodium: 1095mg, Potassium: 713mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. This looks amazing! I’m planning on cooking it today!
    Could I double the recipe without wrecking it?

    with many thanks,

    1. Hi Kathleen, we have only made this recipe as listed but I think doubling it should turn out fine as long as your crockpot is big enough! Other readers have said it worked well for them. Let us know how it turns out.

  2. I’m planning on making this this weekend. I’ve premade the sauce and added a little toasted sesame oil, because I like it . I’m curious as to why cooking on high for 2-3 hours is “preferred”? I was hoping to throw everything in my slow cooker and go skiing then come home to a ready dinner! So I’d like it to take at least 4 hours with out messing up the recipe. Thanks!

    1. Hi Val, we prefer the higher temperature as we find it thickens the sauce better. You can cook it on low as well for 4-5 hours as well.