Crock Pot Sticky Chicken

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4.6 from 120 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
Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken - this easy recipe is one of the best crock pot recipes for chicken you will ever have

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!

Crock Pot Sticky Chicken

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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.

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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Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken - this easy recipe is one of the best crock pot recipes for chicken you will ever have
4.6 from 120 votes

Sticky Chicken

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

Expert Tips for Making the Best Sticky Chicken
  • Spice is Nice: The recipe calls for cayenne but it’s not too spicy.   If you don’t like spice, you can easily omit it or if you like spice…add a little extra.
  • Broil: You may be tempted to skip the broiling part of the recipe, but don’t.  It makes this recipe perfection!
  • Get Fresh: Fresh Garlic and Ginger make this recipe so good. Store the whole, unpeeled ginger root in an airtight container in the fridge.

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. Hi Christina I got an email from you today saying I hadn’t opened your emails lately…Just yesterday I made a copy of one of your recipes . My puter hasn’t been working rite for last yr. Have been shopping [online} for new one –that may be the reason I did get email about not opening your emails lately, just today. I love your site and your recipes. You are a good cook so I certainly will be keeping your site. Thanks so much for your work and keeping your site interesting for sure. Sallyann

  2. 2 stars
    I was so eager to do this recipe but I don’t know what happened. I had 6 chicken breasts that I cut up in thirds. I doubled the spices recipe and coated the chicken as directed. So far so good. The crock pot was on hour #4 when I checked it and I saw that it was soupy and definitely not sticky. The chicken seemed not covered in the coating anymore and it was tough so I put the crock pot on Hi for about 20 minutes. My dinner time was rapidly approaching and I had to get it going so I got the broiler on and spread out the chicken pieces flat on the broiler pan and coated with the tomato paste mixture without the water. The soup in the crock pot was still there so while the chicken was in the broiler I tried to boil the juices in a small pan to thicken. I boiled for 10-15 minutes and it never thickened! I got the chicken out of the broiler after about 8 minutes and poured the soupy liquid over the chicken pieces. It was a mess that was very soupy and not sticky at all. I was really hoping for more. Any clues anyone? I took pics if there is a way to upload them let me know.

    • The liquid in the slow cooker is not meant to be thick. The stickiness comes from making the glaze and then broiling the chicken with the sticky glaze – see steps 3-5 in the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    My new favourite sticky chicken recipe, I used the oven for this recipe & marinated the chicken for 5 hours! Turned out amazing thank you for an awesome recipe & will definitely be using again and again and again!

  4. Just a general FYI. The link the Fix It and Forget it Big book actually goes to the Slow Cooker Revolution. Also thanks for your website lots of good info and The Sticky Chicken looks delicious!!

    • You can absolutely make it in a conventional oven, although I never have. I’m not sure what the cooking would be – it would definitely depend on the cut and thickness of the chicken.

  5. 4 stars
    Chris, have you ever tried this with boneless country style ribs? Seems like a good fit! Would you switch up the tomato paste, since it’s pork? Maybe barbecue sauce? Thanks!

        • There’s no beer in this recipe. I’m not seeing where it mentions non-alcoholic beer either. But, I think I am going to try it with beer next time! Thanks for inspiring me!

          • I’m confused. Is there or is there not supposed to be liquid of some sort—beer, water, whatever—in with the coated chicken while it is in the slow cooker?

          • Not in this recipe. The liquid is from the soy sauce, plus the chicken will release its juices too.

  6. Is it possible to cook the chicken on low for 8 – 10 hours since I don’t have 4 hours in a row to cook this before I’m home for dinner at night or would that way overcook this? Perhaps I could pre-cook the first step and just broil it when I get home to heat it up? Has anyone tried either of those approaches yet? Thanks!!

  7. I know I cant use my Pyrex dish under the broiler or it will crack, but I was wondering if I could use my metal 9×13? Im making this tonight and I dont want to have to run to the store for a new pan.

  8. I can’t wait to try making this! I’m thinking Valentine’s Day will be that day. I just have a question, what can you do if your stove is a bit older and doesn’t have a broiler?

    • Hope you like it! 🙂 I would try cooking the sauce down a bit in a pan on the stove if you don’t have a broiler. Let me know how you make out!

    • What a fast way to cook a cichken! We’re not much for beer at our house, but I’m wondering if cichken broth or water work work, too. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  9. I found you through ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ – this recipe looks amazing! I am always looking for slow cooker recipes and will definitely try this.


  10. Love! I’ll be sharing this one with my hubby, as he’s been searching for new crock pot recipes for a while now. Thanks!

  11. That looks so good Chris. I’m wondering if you could use boneless chicken breast instead of bone-in chicken? By the way, I love your blog….<3

    • Are you triyng to make me drool over my keyboard? All these treats and dinners look fantastic. Holy moly. I’m seriously wanting to jump through my computer!


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