Slow Cooker Honey Chicken with Quinoa

This Slow Cooker Honey Chicken with Quinoa dish is fabulous with a subtle hint of Honey! Delicious and Healthy.

slow cooker honey chicken quinoa

I’ve been using my Instant Pot a lot lately. The more I get to know its features, the more I want to use it. Now this Slow Cooker Honey Chicken with Quinoa recipe does not require an Instant Pot but you will need some sort of slow cooker (aka crockpot).

chicken breast and honey marinade in slow cooker
Chicken and Honey Marinade in Slow Cooker

If I was to take a survey on what you all cook the most in your Instant Pot or slow cooker, I would have to guess that Chicken would come out on top. Whether it’s Chicken Breasts, Legs or Wings, I’m sure all of you have your favorite slow cooker chicken recipes.

shredded chicken in slow cooker

Try to resist as much as possible the temptation to open the lid while it’s cooking as the slow cooker loses heat. Just opening the lid to stir the contents can make the internal temperature drop by 10°F to 15°F.

slow cooker honey chicken quinoa

I made this particular Honey Chicken with Quinoa dish to serve over a bed of Quinoa. Obviously, you can substitute the Quinoa for something else like rice or you can use the chicken to make some tacos or even use it over nachos. Now you are probably wondering why Quinoa over Rice.

honey chicken quinoa

– Quinoa has fewer calories and carbs than rice.
– It has more protein than rice.
– Quinoa they say keeps you full for longer than rice.
– Quinoa can help with weight loss.

bag of quinoa
chicken icon

How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
honey chicken quinoa

While not necessary, you might want to rinse the quinoa before cooking it. Most of the quinoa available in stores is “pre-rinsed” but it can’t hurt by running it under a little more water “just in case”.

My preferred method for making fluffy quinoa is to use 1 3/4 cups of liquid for every 1 Cup of Quinoa. Combine the quinoa and liquid in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 10 more minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork and serve.

quinoa in a saucepan

You will need the following ingredients to make this Honey Chicken with Quinoa recipe in your Slow Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Soy Sauce, Honey, Olive Oil, Onion Powder, Garlic Cloves, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Cornstarch, Quinoa, Green Onions and Sesame Seeds.

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, olive oil, onion powder, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Pour sauce over the chicken ensuring all breasts are well covered. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. At the halfway point, flip the chicken to ensure it’s covered with sauce.
  4. Once cooked, the chicken should easily fall apart. Once all the chicken breasts are shredded, add 2 Tbsp of Cornstarch and mix well. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
  5. Serve chicken over the cooked quinoa. Optionally top the chicken with green onions and sesame seeds.

Printable Recipe Card

honey chicken with quinoa

Slow Cooker Honey Chicken with Quinoa

This Slow Cooker Honey Chicken with Quinoa dish is fabulous with a subtle hint of Honey! Delicious and Healthy.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 455 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
 

  • 2 lbs Chicken Breasts
  • ½ Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Quinoa, cooked
Garnish (Optional)
  • Green Onions, diced
  • Sesame Seeds

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crock pot.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, olive oil, onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour sauce over chicken ensuring all breasts are well covered. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. At the half way point, flip the chicken to ensure it’s covered with sauce.
  • Once cooked, chicken should easily fall apart. Once all the chicken breasts are shredded, add 2 Tbsp of Cornstarch and mix well. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
  • Serve chicken over the cooked quinoa. Optionally top the chicken with green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

→ Try to resist as much as possible the temptation to open the lid while it’s cooking as the slow cooker loses heat. By just opening the lid to stir the contents can make the internal temperature drop by 10°F to 15°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 51gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2467mgPotassium: 922mgSugar: 35gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1.7mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Janelle says:

    I love Quinoa. I always used rice until I tried Quinoa. As chef indicated it is lower in carbs so this is the perfect recipe for me. My family loved this recipe and it will be a keeper in my house.

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