Slow Cooker Caramelized Chicken

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With just a few simple ingredients, this slow cooker caramelized chicken is easy to prepare, but tastes impressive! After simmering in the slow cooker for several hours, the sauce becomes rich and sweet, with a savory finish that pairs well with almost any vegetable, rice side dish, or even pasta. You can use any type of chicken you want in this caramelized chicken dish for delicious results every time.

Slow Cooker Caramelized Chicken

Slow Cooker Caramelized Chicken

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 pound | Calories: 359 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 97 mg | Sodium: 525 mg | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 35 g | Protein: 37 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12 |


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium/lite soy sauce, optional Tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours until chicken is tender. Remove from the slow cooker, lay chicken out on a foil lined sheet pan and cover with the liquid from the crockpot. Broil for 4 minutes or until chicken is caramelized. Serve with your favorite vegetables.

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19 Comments on "Slow Cooker Caramelized Chicken"

  1. Teresa Medford Zinkle  April 14, 2014

    way too much sodium though….

    • SkinnyMs  April 17, 2014

      Hello Teresa, We just changed the soy sauce to low sodium and were able to half the sodium content. Soy sauce generally has a lot of sodium.

  2. Erin  May 5, 2014

    Sounds like a yummy recipe! Do you think I could adapt to the stovetop?

    • SkinnyMs  May 7, 2014

      Yes, but use way less liquid, only adding a bit at a time.

  3. Sandra  May 6, 2014

    Nice idea, but the meat will steam and boil in all that liquid. There's no way you'll get that kind of a glaze in a slow cooker, you need a dry heat for that.

    • Heather A. Locke  May 13, 2014

      Sandra is completely right, mine didn't look at all like that, but it was very good! Served it on rice and my kids loved it.

  4. job  May 6, 2014

    If sesame oil is omitted would the taste be affected very much? I just threw out a bottle because I only used a tablespoon or so and never used it again.

    • SkinnyMs  May 7, 2014

      No, just replace the sesame oil with a different oil such as olive oil.

  5. Michelle  May 15, 2014

    I need at least 2 pounds of chicken to feed my family. Would you double all of the ingredients if you double the chicken?

    • SkinnyMs  May 15, 2014

      Yes, besides the liquid ingredients.

  6. Jeanne  July 28, 2014

    Is this a recipe that can be cooked on high for 2 hours instead of low for 4?

    • SkinnyMs  July 29, 2014

      Jeanne, Yes it can be.

  7. Mary  August 15, 2014

    What is 1-12 Tblsp Vinegar?

    • SkinnyMs  August 18, 2014

      Mary, Sorrry, this should have read tablespoons and is fixed;).

  8. Lori  August 24, 2014

    Can agave be substituted for honey?

    • SkinnyMs  August 25, 2014

      Lori, Yes, agave can substitute the honey.

  9. Jennifer  December 29, 2014

    I made this over the weekend and I did not have good results. Not sure what went wrong but it did not turn out well.

  10. Kim  January 14, 2015

    I have all the ingredients on hand to make this except the pineapple juice, is there anything I can use as a substitute?

    • SkinnyMs  January 15, 2015

      Kim, Do you have any apple juice that you can add a little lemon juice to? That might work.


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