Cold Weather Comfort Food: Honey Garlic Chicken

Andy Anderson !


Ah, I love Autumn/Winter… so many comfort foods to create, and so little time to make them.

Honey chicken is not so much about the chicken as it is about the sauce. The traditional ingredients in a honey garlic chicken sauce are soy, ketchup, and honey in equal amounts. I thought that would mix that up a bit and play around with the spices.

What I came up with was an awesome sauce, and tasty, flavorful chicken.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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30 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot



2 Tbsp
grapeseed oil
2 medium
tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and puréed
1/2 medium
yellow onion, chopped
4 clove
garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp
chili powder
1/2 tsp
1 Tbsp
dried parsley
1/ tsp
dried oregano
1 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 Tbsp
brown sugar
1/4 c
cider vinegar
1 Tbsp
tomato sauce
1/2 c
1/4 c
4 large
boneless, skinless chicken thighs


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2Gather your ingredients.

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3Add the oil to a saucepan over medium heat.

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4When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, and garlic to the saucepan.

Add a pinch of salt, and cook the onions and garlic until softened, and just beginning to turn golden, about 6 to 8 minutes.

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5Add the dry spices (chili powder, paprika, parsley, cayenne, and oregano), and cook until the spices become fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

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6Add the remaining ingredients (pureed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar, cider vinegar, honey, and tamari), and then reduce the heat to low.

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7Stir to incorporate all the ingredients, and then allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

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8Place the chicken parts in the bottom of your slow cooker.

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9Chef’s Note: I tried this dish with skin on/bone in – skin off/bone in, and skin off/bone out… The skin imparts a bit of grease to the sauce and increases the cooking time. Removing the skin and the bone, left the chicken a bit too wimpy for me. Skin off/bone in, gave me the best taste and presentation.

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10Pour the sauce on top.

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11Cook on low for 6 hours.

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13Place the chicken on a plate with some long-grained white rice, drizzle the chicken with the yummy sauce, and add a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy.

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14Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom