Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

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Here’s an easy Asian-style Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken recipe to make for tonight’s dinner

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken served over rice

I made this easy dinner recipe for our Sunday night meal yesterday, and it was well-received and gobbled up by all.  We especially loved the sticky lemon sauce that generously coats the chicken.  This will definitely be a repeat dinner recipe at my house!

The Asian Slow Cooker

This recipe comes from The Asian Slow Cooker: Exotic Favorites for Your Crockpot by Kelly Kwok (she writes the Life Made Sweeter blog).  Why grab Asian takeout when you can make a better, healthier version at home easy in your slow cooker?!  Kelly has created quite the fabulous collection of recipes in her first book.  I’m pretty much obsessed with this cookbook because using my slow cooker is a big part of my busy life!!  There is also a chapter for One-Pot or skillet meals that are quick-to-make too.

Here are some recipes I’ve bookmarked to make:  Beef and Broccoli, Chicken Lo Mein, General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Beef, Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks, Classic Fried Rice, Spicy Peanut Noodles, Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders, Dan Dan Noodles, Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, Thai Butternut Squash Curry Soup and Black Sesame Brownies.  Everything looks so good!

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Since I’m asked quite often what my favorite type of slow cooker is, it’s this one:  Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker- 6 quart.  I’ve had this one for quite a few years now, and it has always worked great.  I love that it has a removable insert that is easy to clean.  And I love that you can program it to do its thing… and when it’s done cooking, it simply turns to a “warm” setting.  This is great if you are not able to be home when it’s done cooking- it just keeps your meal warm for you until you get home.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken served over rice

I hope you try and enjoy this easy Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken.  Buy the book if you’re interested in adding to your slow cooker cookbook collection (it’s a good one).  And might I suggest a gift idea?  I’m thinking the slow cooker, cookbook and some chopsticks would make a super cute gift.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Served over rice

Here are a few more slow cooker recipes you might enjoy:

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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Easy slow cooker recipe for Asian-style Lemon Chicken!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 374kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword lemon chicken, slow cooker lemon chicken


  • 1 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • cooked rice, for serving
  • sesame seeds and sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)


  • In a large zip-top bag, toss together 1 cup cornstarch, salt and pepper . Add the chicken to the bag, and give it a little shake until lightly coated. Remove the chicken from the bag, shaking off excess cornstarch, and discard the cornstarch mixture.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, about 2 to 3 minutes on both sides, then transfer to the slow cooker.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, broth, honey, vinegar, lemon juice, zest, sesame oil, garlic and ginger and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  • About 30 minutes prior to serving, whisk together remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with water in a small bowl and stir into the slow cooker. Turn the heat to high and allow the sauce to cook and thicken up for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve over hot rice, and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.


  • Nutritional information is for the chicken only-- count rice as extra.


Serving: 1serving (no rice) | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1414mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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  • Ralph wrote:

    Can I use prepared ginger instead of fresh

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, but use a little less.

  • vivian wrote:

    I made this for dinner for my husband, son and daughter and they liked it very much. I was skeptical of the idea of coating the chicken in cornstarch and then putting it in the slow cooker with the sauce, but it turned out really well. Thanks for a good recipe!

  • Miranda wrote:

    I’m skipping the takeout and trying to make this! Yum!

  • Kelly wrote:

    This looks perfect, Lori! So glad you all enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing!! <3