Honey Chicken and Vegetables | Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

4.80 from 5 votes

Savory chicken with a sweet, honey glaze - sounds just about right!

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

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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.

4.80 from 5 votes

Honey Chicken and Vegetables

This delicious slow cooker recipe offers the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors, in a moist and protein-rich dish!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.5 chicken breast
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Universal

Ingredients

  • 3 bone-in chicken breasts leave skin on and remove before eating (optional 6 thighs)
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 cups baby red potatoes quartered, 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 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon parsley fresh, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Whisk together honey glaze ingredients, set aside.
  • Add chicken, carrots, potatoes to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • 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.
  • Pour remaining 1/2 cup honey glaze over chicken and vegetables. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

In addition to 1/2 chicken breast, nutritional info is calculated using 1/6th of the carrots and potatoes. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5chicken breast | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker

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Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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18 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

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