5 Ingredient Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken | Healthy, Easy Dinner Recipe

This Healthy 5 Ingredient Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken recipe takes no time to throw together using your slow cooker. Enjoy this super easy crockpot recipe that’s perfect for meal prep, an easy weeknight dinner, or a potluck!

close up of shredded honey garlic chicken in a white bowl

Raise your hand if you’re forever thankful for the inventor of the crock-pot!?

I knew a slow cooker was a must-have on our wedding registry, but I didn’t realize just HOW much I needed it until lately.

It’s seriously been such a lifesaver.

Especially if you love easy, healthy chicken breast crock pot recipes with few ingredients!

TIP! If you’re a new mom or know a mom-to-be, this makes a great freezer meal for new moms!

Our crock-pot had been sitting in our cabinet since we moved in in June and I felt guilty for not using it.

Let’s just say I was waiting for the perfect, easy chicken recipe to kick it off with. 😉

I definitely chose right because this healthy honey garlic chicken is on another level.

This crockpot chicken recipe requires just 5 ingredients but is full of flavor while still being healthy!

white bowl filled with rice, shredded crockpot honey garlic chicken, avocado, and spinach

This healthy 5 ingredient honey garlic chicken tastes better than take-out and takes NO time to throw together.

It’s not overly powerful, and you’re left with a generous amount of sauce to pour on top!

It’s been really wonderful having leftovers around the house.

overhead shot of shredded honey garlic chicken in a black crockpot

We recently got this Multi-Use Express Crockpot and it is amazing!!

It is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and so much more all in one! Highly recommend.

I’ve used it for this Healthy 20 Minute Risotto, 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken, and 30 Minute Pressure Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe.

Dinner was always a special time for my family growing up, so sitting down to a hot meal just feels cozy to me.

With the weather cooling down, hot dinners are even more of a priority because I am ALWAYS cold. Anyone else?

close up of shredded honey garlic chicken in juice

What do you serve crock-pot honey garlic chicken with?

Rice and Veggies: I served this super simple dinner recipe over rice with some roasted veggies.

I prepped the rice the night before by using our crock pot, too! I highly recommend it.

You can follow the instructions in this post on how to cook rice in your pressure cooker, or in this post for cooking rice in your slow cooker.

I keep big batches of it in our fridge because we eat brown rice with almost every meal. 

Salad: I also love serving this easy, healthy slow cooker chicken over a big Asian-inspired salad with crispy lettuce, cabbage, carrots, edamame, and cashews. Yum!

It’s also amazing when served alongside this Broccoli Crunch Salad.

Sliders: Adding some of this honey garlic chicken to a toasted bun with an Asian Coleslaw is such a treat!

Drizzle with a little aioli for some added flavor.

Healthy Honey Garlic Chicken | Slow Cooker Recipe

For this healthy and easy slow-cooker chicken recipe you will need:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Or rice vinegar) I have also used balsamic vinegar and it was surprisingly yummy!
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

How To Make Healthy Honey Garlic Chicken in Your Crock-Pot:

  1. Spray your crock pot with non-stick spray or line it with a slow-cooker liner.
  2. Mix honey, soy sauce, water, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl
  3. Place chicken breasts in the Multi-Use Express Crock-Pot
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7.

How to store in the fridge

  • Place the chicken and sauce in airtight containers or bags, and refrigerate for up to four days.
  • Reheat the leftovers on the stove over medium heat until heated through.

Can I freeze crockpot honey garlic chicken?

YES! One of the best parts about crockpot meals is they are great for meal prepping or freezing for later.

Place the cooked and cooled chicken in a freezer bag or container.

Mark the date and freeze for up to 3 months

I made this recipe and froze it when I was about to go into labor.

We pulled it out when I was in the depths of newborn land and it was a huge help!

Can I use frozen chicken in the crockpot?

I do not recommend using frozen chicken in the crockpot because it could remain at an unsafe temperature for too long.

You want it to be thawed before cooking.

Choosing Between Breasts and Thighs

  • I use boneless, skinless chicken breast in this crockpot recipe but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
  • If you are looking for leaner meat, stick with chicken breast. If you are looking for more forgiving meat, and don’t care about the fat or calorie content, use boneless skinless chicken thighs in your crockpot.

More healthy chicken crockpot recipes you will love:

5 Ingredient Healthy Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken

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5 Ingredient Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken | Healthy, Easy Dinner Recipe

This Healthy 5 Ingredient Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken recipe takes no time to throw together using your slow cooker. Enjoy this super easy crockpot recipe that's perfect for meal prep, an easy weeknight dinner, or a potluck!
4.64 from 238 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 1/2 Cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar *Can sub rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic


  • Spray your crock-pot with non-stick spray or line with a slow-cooker liner.
  • Mix honey, soy sauce, water, vinegar and garlic in a bowl
  • Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over your chicken.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
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  1. 5 stars
    I saw this recipe when searching for a healthy chicken crock pot recipe, and decided to make it for a family dinner. It was very easy to prepare, and looked just like the photos when done. I make long grain brown rice to serve the chicken over. Tuesdays are a night that I have both my granddaughters and daughter for dinner with my wife and I. We all agreed this is a recipe we will try many more times. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. I just made this cooked on low for almost six hours now. Great flavor yet my chicken is a little on the dry side!? And how would you thicken the sauce a little? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Interesting! I’m not sure why that is. I like to shred my chicken with a hand mixer at the end to make sure it gets super shredded and really soaks up the sauce! As for thickening, it would be an extra step, but you could remove some of the sauce (maybe 1/2 a cup) and heat it on the stove with a little cornstarch (maybe 1/2 tbsp?) to thicken it and add it back to the pot. I have not tested it on this recipe, but this is generally how I thicken sauces. Let me know if you give it a try!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this with one change. I shredded the chicken and mixed the chicken back into the crock pot with the sauce on low for 30 minutes. I used sorghum in place of the honey. Sorghum is similar to molasses and honey but provides a unigue flavor that works well numerous dishes. I used the chicken in a quesadillas with cheese and jalapenos and my wife put the chicken on brown rice. Both were wonderful.

  4. Best chicken recipe I’ve had in a while. That sauce is so good, we ended up saving the extra for tomorrows dinner. Sure is a family favorite now, thank you for creating something my kids actually like!

  5. 25 more minutes and this dish will be ready! It smells phenomenal! I will follow up on the taste and end product 🙂

      1. Hello
        Do you have the cup measurments in mls or grams. I’m in the uk and don’t have any cup measurement thingys so not sure how much to use and want to do this in 4 days time. Thank you

  6. this is right up my family alley. We love pulled chicken and I have never done this version. i have all the ingredients so this may be made in the next 24 hours

  7. I’ve been seeing so many slow cooker recipes as of late and it’s totally making me miss mine! I haven’t used a Crock Pot in so long and it’s about time I buy another one.

  8. Oh gosh, this dish looks really good and tasty, and the procedure of making this look so easy. I can’t really wait serving this with my family.

  9. Yum. I have made chicken that is very similar to this recipe and it was delicious. I’ll have to make it again soon. I love my crockpot because it makes cooking dinner super easy.

  10. I’ve made this recipe before, and my family loved it. I’m not sure why, but I completely forgot about it! Glad to find it again, so we can eat it soon!

    1. 5 stars
      Made this today with the hubby for dinner (downsized just a bit for the two of us), and it is very tasty. I did change the recipe, since that’s what I do. Instead of rice/apple cider vinegar, I used miren and added a splash of sesame oil. Done this way, it makes amazing Hawaiian haystacks. Delicious!

    1. 5 stars
      I was fortunate enough to come across this site and can’t thank you enough Elizabeth for providing this much help/resources! Really shows your genuine desire to help others. I recently started cooking from home for dieting purposes – as going out for food has been a nasty habit of mine – and I’ve been really enjoying the recipes on this site.

    2. 5 stars
      This was sooooo good. It reminds me of something my mom use to make growing up. I didn’t have regular vineger or rice vinegar so I used balsamic vinegar. Also, I only could find packs of 2 or 4 chicken breasts. I got two that equaled a pound. How much chicken do you use by weight? I feel like it came out a bit salty but that might because I only used a pound of chicken. I could just cut down on the soy sauce next time.

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