Crock Pot Sticky Chicken

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4.62 from 125 votes
Sweet, spicy and yes so very Sticky. This Sticky Chicken Recipe is a slow cooker favorite that is a perfect and very popular dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes

This recipe for  Crock Pot Sticky Chicken is sweet and tangy and, well…sticky! 

Crock Pot Sticky Chicken

This Crock Pot Sticky Chicken is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker recipes.  I’ve tried several similar recipes, but I’ve found this to the be absolute BEST sticky chicken recipe. This is one of my go-to easy chicken crockpot recipes.

I’m a sucker for a slow cooker recipe.  As a working mom with a full-time job, I take whatever help I can get when it comes to dinner.  And, my slow cooker is my favorite helper!

I’m always on the look out for easy and tasty slow cooker chicken breast recipes.  As soon as I made this Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken I knew it would be a winner!

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This recipe has it all going on.  I just love the rich and sweet tomato flavor.  It’s deep and rich and kicked up with fresh ginger and garlic.  I seriously think everything is better with garlic and ginger.  They’re two of my all time favorite flavor boosters when making chicken breast crock pot recipes.

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How to Make Sticky Chicken

This recipe is definitely a keeper – it was really good!  It was packed with flavor. And so easy to make — a perfect recipe in my book.

You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy sticky chicken recipe.  The incredible sauce is a mixture of brown sugar, soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and tomato paste.

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The recipe calls for cayenne but it’s not too spicy.   If you don’t like spice, you can easily omit it – it won’t change the flavor profile too much.

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One of the things I love about this recipe is you can use chicken breast or chicken thighs.  I’ve made it both ways and it’s incredible.  If you’re planning to use chicken breasts, you should use the thicker ones.  Thin sliced chicken breasts will dry out very quickly.

When I make this recipe with chicken thighs, you can use bone in or boneless.  It’s up to you.  These easy Crockpot chicken thighs will cook for a long time so it’s pretty flexible.

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You may be tempted to skip the broiling part of the recipe, but don’t.  This final step is what makes this recipe one of the best slow cooker recipes of all time.  And, any recipe that calls for fresh ginger is a winner in my book.

Be sure to check out these best slow cooker recipes of all time and my slow cooker tips and tricks.

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4.62 from 125 votes

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Yield: 4 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Sweet, spicy and yes so very Sticky. This Sticky Chicken Recipe is a slow cooker favorite that is a perfect and very popular dinner.
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  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 pounds chicken, breast, thighs, legs, etc.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste


  • Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar,  2 tablespoons soy sauce , ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper in a bowl or zipper bag; add chicken and toss to coat.
  • Place in a slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 hours or until done.
  • When done place chicken in a broiler proof dish and preheat the broiler.
  • Combine remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, water, and tomato paste, and remaining soy sauce.
  • Brush on chicken and cook under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until chicken is slightly crisp.  Keep a close watch on the chicken under the broiler.


Expert Tips

  • Make More Sauce: This sauce is great over vegetables and rice. Therefore, make more sauce.
  • Spice: If you do not like spice, omit the pepper or if you love to live on the spicy side, try adding more.
  • Broil: This is an important step, do not skip it for optimal chicken.
  • Go Fresh:  Fresh Garlic and Ginger make this recipe so good. Store the whole, unpeeled ginger root in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Cook in the instant pot for 20 minutes on high. Finish in the broiler.
  • Garnish: Top with sesame seeds or fresh green onions.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 918kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 255mg | Sodium: 1191mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, crock pot, slow cooker

49 thoughts on “Crock Pot Sticky Chicken”

  1. Hello, wondering do I cut the chicken before putting in crock pot? Also, where would I find the recipe that uses beer?

    Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Made the recipe tonight. Oh, so delicious. Super easy. We had a bite or two, could have had more, lol. Will do again and again.

    Thank you for the delicious recipe.


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