Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

This slow cooker honey soy chicken has a deliciously rich marinade. It’s a super easy dish that tastes absolutely amazing.

Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

The combination of honey and soy is a favorite in our household. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty.

This recipe is Asian inspired and is absolutely delicious. It’s perfect as a meal or as part of a feast. You can easily pick up the chicken with your hands, but you will get very sticky fingers.

For the best possible outcome, I recommend reading the cooking tips just underneath the recipe. They will help answer any questions that you might have.

What to Serve with Honey Soy Chicken

A ton of different side dishes works perfectly with this slow cooker chicken dish. For example, I love to have this chicken with some freshly cooked rice.

As well as some rice there is a ton of vegetables that you can cook to go with this chicken. My favorite is some fresh green vegetables such as green beans, spinach, or even some peas. You can stir-fry the vegetables, blanch, or simply steam them.

Honey Soy Chicken with Rice

You could also try cooking some herby baby potatoes in the slow cooker to go alongside the chicken. It’s perfect if you have multiple slow cookers.

There are plenty of other side dishes that go great with honey soy chicken, so if you have any suggestions, be sure to share it with us by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page.

What to do with Leftovers

The leftovers of the chicken are perfect for a few days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the chicken, but I recommend removing it from the bone first.

Honey Soy Chicken from the Slow Cooker

You can make use of the chicken in other dishes, for example, you can shred the leftover chicken and then use it in a sandwich or on a homemade pizza.

The video below will take you through all the steps to making this honey soy chicken, if you like the video then be sure to subscribe to our YouTube. It’s just one of the fantastic recipes for the slow cooker that is super easy and delicious.

Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken Recipe

5/5 (100%) 3 votes
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time8 Hours
Total Time8 Hours & 10 Minutes


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) chicken drumsticks


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. Mix the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil in the slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken drumsticks to the slow cooker, baste them, so they are well coated.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the water until it forms a paste.
  6. Add the cornstarch mixture to the slow cooker and mix.
  7. Add the chicken back in and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened.
  8. Optional: Baste chicken with the sauce and place it under a grill for a few minutes to caramelize.
  9. Serve & Enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • I recommended grilling the chicken as it will help the marinade caramelize. It’s still amazing straight out of the slow cooker.
  • You use any cut of chicken for this recipe. I made use of chicken drumsticks. However, you can use chicken thigh, breast, wings, or basically any cut of chicken you want.
  • Double-check the ingredients in the soy sauce to ensure that this recipe will be gluten-free. You can buy a gluten-free soy sauce at most supermarkets.
  • A thickener such as cornstarch is perfect if you want a nice thick marinade. However, you can use something like arrowroot instead. The sauce is still pretty good without any thickener.
  • Soy sauce brands can vary heavily in flavor and saltiness. If you’re unsure about the soy you’re using, then don’t hesitate to tinker the amount of honey and soy you use

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 309g (10.9 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 533
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 24.4g
Saturated Fat: 6.5g
Trans Fat: 0.1g
Total Carbohydrate: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 23g
Cholesterol: 230mg
Sodium: 1434mg
Protein: 47g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Chicken Recipes

There are a ton of other chicken dishes that you can do in the slow cooker. If you like the sound of this recipe, then you should give the honey garlic chicken a try.

If  you’re after more recipes that use chicken drumsticks, then you should check out the honey BBQ chicken. It’s super tasty and very easy to make.

I absolutely love this slow cooker honey soy chicken recipe, and I hope that you agree. If you have some thoughts, tips, or anything else that you will like to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.


  1. Avatar for Barbara
    Barbara on

    Are the legs very sticky or do they crisp up with grilling them after removing from slow cooker?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      They do come out quite sticky, but placing them under the grill will have the chicken crisp up, and the sauce slightly caramelize.

  2. Avatar for Jmcme
    Jmcme on

    Do you remove the skin from drumsticks?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      I didn’t, but you can if you want to.

  3. Avatar for Mary
    Mary on

    When you say grill do you mean broiler or bbq grill? Just making sure.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Sorry, I meant broiler! I got into the habit of calling the broiler a grill.

  4. Avatar for jessica Eyre
    jessica Eyre on

    I have made this twice, I followed the recipe to the t the first time and although it was nice it seemed to have too much of one ingredient.

    This time…and I have just finished it. I decided to increase the honey ratio over the soy sauce ratio and cooked it for a little bit shorter…bingo. The more honey did it for me and the little bit less time, it was still falling off the bone, but it was a little bit more sweeter then the last time I made it. Overall it is awesome.

    1. Avatar for Amanda
      Amanda on

      6.5 hours seems to be the perfect time for me.falls off the bone and isn’t overcooked. 8 hours is too long

  5. Avatar for Dave
    Dave on

    “Leftovers”. You said ‘leftovers’. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  6. Avatar for Sharon Seiber
    Sharon Seiber on

    Just made it for the first time in my new casserole slow cooker. I did not change anything except am having to cook it on high rather than low because of time. Also, I wondered about basting it again while it was cooking or not necessary? I’ll come back and say something about it after it’s all done and eaten, but already love it for how simple it was!

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Basting is a good idea as it will help ensure the chicken is covered evenly. I did not find it necessary, but it wouldn’t hurt to do it.

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