Honey Chicken and Vegetables | Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

This post may include affiliate links.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t collect enough easy slow cooker recipes. Easy-to-prep recipes like our Honey Chicken and Vegetables dish make the best weeknight meals because I can start them before I go to work. When I get home, dinner is ready and waiting – how great is that? This recipe is one of my favorites because the chicken gets moist and juicy over the long cooking time while the carrots and potatoes soften and caramelize. It’s a one-pot meal that tastes great on its own (but, it’s also good as a topping, which we’ll talk about in a minute). And that glaze – can we drool over the glaze for a second?

This recipe’s honey glaze gets its spice from ground ginger and red pepper flakes while the garlic and tomato paste provide the perfect savory backbone. Whisk it together with sweet honey and acidic balsamic vinegar and you have a winner. The slow cooker perfectly reduces the mixture into a glaze, coating everything in the crock-pot with the addictively-good sauce. It’s so good, I could almost eat it with a spoon!

I don’t know which is better – the perfectly cooked chicken and that incredible sauce – but I have a feeling that this Honey Chicken and Vegetables recipe will become one of your go-to easy slow cooker recipes. Serve it up over brown rice, or use it as a topping for zucchini zoodles or whole-wheat noodles. The leftovers taste great in a wrap or tossed with salad greens for lunch the next day, so you’ll definitely want to make extras!

Let’s Talk About Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Breasts

honey chicken

You can totally use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe if that’s what you have on-hand. But, we’d like to make an argument for using the bone-in variety. The bone protects the chicken breast from drying out as it cooks by helping it retain moisture. Chicken can easily overcook, even when you’re following easy slow cooker recipes, so cooking chicken on the bone will help you get the juiciest meat possible.

It’s pretty rare to find a skinless bone-in chicken breast, but that’s okay. Chicken skin is loaded with fats, which is why we usually recommend eating skinless chicken. It’s not all bad, though: like the bone, the skin helps keep the chicken meat moist. It also creates a ton of flavor, essentially self-basting the chicken as it cooks.

When you’re ready to eat the Honey Chicken and Vegetables, you can simply remove and discard the skin. Our nutritional data reflects the chicken without the skin, so do keep this in mind if you decide not to remove it. Then, pull the chicken off the bone and get ready to eat. You won’t even need a knife for this perfectly cooked chicken!

If you have any questions about the nutritional value of bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, drop us a line in the comments. We always love hearing from you and helping you as you move along in your weight-loss journey.

Honey Chicken and Vegetables | Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Honey Chicken and Vegetables | Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 chicken breast | Calories: 299 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 28 g | Protein: 14 g | Cholesterol: 73 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7


  • 3 bone-in chicken breasts (leave skin on and remove before eating), optional: 6 thighs
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 cups quartered baby red potatoes, (leave skin on if using organic)
    Honey Glaze
  • 1/2 cup honey, raw preferred
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon (chopped) fresh parsley, garnish


  1. Whisk together honey glaze ingredients, set aside.
  2. Add chicken, carrots, potatoes to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Pour honey glaze over the top, reserving 1/2 cup for finishing, cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high.
  4. Pour remaining 1/2 cup honey glaze over chicken and vegetables. Garnish with fresh parsley.

We love our slow cooker as much as you do! Our Facebook and Pinterest feeds are filled with quick-and-easy recipes that use the crock pot, the Instant Pot, and other time-saving devices. Follow us to get access to all the latest recipes!

18 Comments on "Honey Chicken and Vegetables | Easy Slow Cooker Recipes"

  1. Paige  January 2, 2019

    Could this be made in an Instant Pot?

  2. Eva  February 3, 2019

    I’m a little confused do I put all the honey glaze in the pot or due I divided it since sep 4says pour honey glaze over chicken and vegetables.

    • Chef Sallie  February 3, 2019

      Hi Eva, thank you for your question. You were correct to divide the glaze. I’ve updated the recipe to clarify that you should reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture before adding the glaze to the slow cooker, then pour the remaining 1/2 cup over the chicken and vegetables at the end. Enjoy!

  3. Kathy  September 29, 2019

    Why do you figure, after 6 hours in the crock pot, my potatoes were STILL raw?

    • Nichole Furlong  September 30, 2019

      Hi Kathy, I would double check your crock pot setting and make sure it’s working properly. After 6 hours potatoes shouldn’t be raw!

  4. Faye  November 15, 2019

    Is this recipe hot. Spicey

    • Nichole Furlong  November 17, 2019

      There is red pepper flakes in this recipe which could make it a little spicy. Those can be left out if preferred or more can be added if you’d like more kick.

  5. Val Bridges  February 2, 2020

    I’m going to use boneless skin on chicken breast. Should I adjust the cooking time?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 2, 2020

      Cooking time should be about the same.

  6. Daniella McDonald  March 1, 2020

    Can this be made in the oven?

    • Nichole Furlong  March 1, 2020

      Hi Daniella, this recipe is best for the slow cooker. We have several other chicken dishes for the oven on our site. Including some one pan meals!

  7. Barbie  June 4, 2020

    What can I use other than ginger?

    • Gale Compton  June 4, 2020

      Barbie, Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, or mace will work.

  8. Carol  June 5, 2020

    Can I use boneless, skinless instead? Any drawbacks with that?

  9. Joanna Plater  June 15, 2020

    What about chicken thighs with the bone?


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.