This easy Whole30 slow cooker sesame chicken recipe only calls for a few ingredients and a crock pot, making it an ideal weeknight meal or Whole30 or paleo meal prep recipe. It’s so simple yet has such a great take out fake out flavor for when you’re craving a healthier Chinese food option.
We all know traditional Chinese take-out is not the best thing for us, and it’s definitely not Whole30 compliant or paleo. This recipe takes the flavors you know and love and ditches the MSG, processed sugars, and gluten. No, it’s not going to be the exact same as the standard sesame chicken, but it does satisfy that craving for me!
This Whole30 sesame chicken recipe is also incredibly simple and cooks right in the slow cooker. The slow cooker allows plenty of time for the sauce to really flavor the chicken but in a way that requires very little work or extra dishes from you.
Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken Ingredients
This Whole30 slow cooker sesame chicken recipe has two main ingredients, the chicken and the sauce. The chicken just needs to be diced and then added into the slow cooker. Both boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts work well in the recipe. Personally I think thighs work better here because they’re so juicy and tender and tend to absorb much more of the sauce. They don’t dry out when cooked in the slow cooker like chicken breasts can.
The sauce is made up of a few standard paleo pantry ingredients such as coconut aminos, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and, of course, sesame seeds. All of those ingredients can be picked up at major grocery retailers like Target and Walmart, on Amazon or on Thrive Market for a discount.
How to Make This Whole30 Sesame Chicken Recipe
Once the diced chicken is in the slow cooker, you’ll assemble the sauce ingredients. I like to stir them together in a separate small bowl to make sure everything is combined well prior to adding the sauce ingredients into the slow cooker. This just helps to ensure that everything is incorporated and flavors the chicken evenly.
Once it’s mixed together, simply dump it in over the chicken and give it a stir to coat the chicken pieces. Feel free to add any vegetables you’d like. Broccoli, bamboo shoots, and diced onion go particularly well in this dish.
To serve, add it over steamed cauliflower rice, or regular rice if you’re not doing a Whole30 and you (or your family) tolerate it, have with steamed or sautéed broccoli, in lettuce cups, or just on it’s own with other sides.
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For the Chicken:
- 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite size pieces
- 2.5 tbsp arrowroot flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
For the Sauce:
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar OR 4 pitted and blended Medjool dates if doing Whole30
- 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp apple juice (100% juice, no added sugar)
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Dice chicken and then sprinkle the arrowroot, salt and pepper over the chicken. Use your hands to toss together to evenly coat the chicken with the arrowroot.
- Add the chicken into the slow cooker.
- Mix the sauce together in a small bowl and then pour over the chicken.
- Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 6-7 hours.
- Once done, add an additional 1-2 tsp arrowroot if you’d like the sauce any thicker. Garnish with green onion or sesame seeds if you’d like, and serve!
- If using pitted dates, blend them with 3 tbsp hot water to create a paste to replace the coconut sugar
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