This Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken is a great recipe for the whole family! Sweet and savory chicken that will remind you of Chinese takeout!
Crockpot Mongolian Chicken
This Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken recipe is going to be a family favorite! With only five minutes of prep time, save on Chinese food and make this delicious dinner yourself!
Easy slow cooker recipes are my jam. When I know I have a busy day ahead, throwing dinner into the crockpot and walking away to accomplish my activities is fantastic. I know dinner will be ready when I need to feed everyone – and this easy slow cooker recipe is definitely on that list of ideas.
With only five ingredients to put in the slow cooker, it doesn’t get much easier. There are no special ingredients and you can get every item at your local grocery store.
Keep the chicken thighs in your freezer and the rest of the ingredients in your cabinet and you can pull out this easy dinner any day of the week. If you have a rice cooker, set that to cook as well and you can get that steaming during the cooking time of your chicken.
Perfect for a long weekend or busy weeknight, this delicious Mongolian Chicken recipe has takeout flavor on a budget. A little like General Tso’s Chicken or Teriyaki Chicken that you’d get at your local Chinese restaurant, this one will be a hit with the entire family.
You can serve it over white rice, brown rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, or cauliflower rice, and easily pair it with some frozen egg rolls and Easy Egg Drop Soup for a full meal. Enjoy!
What Is Mongolian Chicken?
Mongolian chicken is a healthier twist on the classic Mongolian beef recipe. Mongolian beef typically has thin slices of beef that are cooked in a brown sauce and served with vegetables on rice. This popular dish originated in Taiwan and is very commonly served at Chinese-American restaurants. Mongolian chicken is extremely similar but made with lean white meat.
- You can use regular or low sodium soy sauce in this restaurant favorite.
- This easy Mongolian Chicken recipe is not gluten-free, as soy sauce contains wheat, but you can replace the soy sauce with tamari to make it a gluten-free chicken dinner. You can find tamari in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores and it is the best substitute.
- You can use hoisin sauce instead of soy sauce in a pinch.
- This does not make a thick sauce, so you will find a lot of it at the bottom of the crockpot. Make sure to spoon some over your chicken in the bowl. It has an amazing flavor.
- While the sesame seeds and green onions are a nice touch visually, they also add some excellent texture.
How To Make Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken
Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken Ingredients:
4 – 5 large boneless chicken thighs
1/4 cup soy sauce (replace with tamari sauce for gluten-free)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Thinly sliced green onions (optional garnish)
White sesame seeds (optional garnish)
Small or medium bowl
Small whisk or kitchen fork
Step 1: Pull out a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Lay your chicken thighs on the bottom.
Do your best to lay them in a single layer instead of on top of each other in the crock pot.
Step 2: In a small bowl, combine your soy sauce, brown sugar, ground ginger, and garlic powder. Using a small whisk, stir the sauce ingredients until well incorporated.
Step 3: Pour the mixture over the top of your chicken, doing your best to make sure that each piece gets poured over.
Step 4: Cover your slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
Serve your cooked chicken on steamed rice with a garnish of sesame seeds and/or green onions. I love the sesame seeds for the extra texture, so if you’re wavering, just go for it!
Note – Make sure to cover all of the tender chicken pieces in your bowl with the sauce in the slow cooker. Don’t waste it! It may be a simple recipe, but it’s also an addictive Mongolian sauce.
How To Store Leftover Easy Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I Freeze This Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken?
Yes! Place your leftover chicken and remaining sauce in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months for best results.
Can I Add Anything To This Easy Chicken Recipe?
Yes! After cooking this slow cooker meal for the full cook time, you can easily cook up some broccoli, bok choy, snow peas, green beans, or red bell pepper and add them to the juicy chicken in the crockpot.
You can also add some water chestnuts for extra crunch. If you’d prefer to cook the bell peppers and other veggies with the chicken from the beginning, you can do that as well.
Stir everything together, and serve over your starch of choice. You can also add some red pepper flakes or chili peppers if you’d prefer a spicy sauce.
Can I Substitute Skinless Chicken Breasts For Thighs?
Yes! If you’d prefer to use breasts, you can. Take each boneless skinless chicken breast and clean it on a cutting board. Add them to the slow cooker pot side by side, and pour your sweet savory sauce over the meat.
You will need to cook these for a little bit less time than thighs because breasts tend to dry out more quickly. I would cook these for a total of 5 hours and then serve.
Are You Looking For More Tasty Slow Cooker Recipes? Here Are Some Of My Favorites:
- Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup With Bacon
- Easy Crockpot Mississippi Roast
- Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Toffee
- Slow Cooker Meatball Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Tortellini
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You can make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the soy sace with tamari sauce. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 905mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 29g
You can make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the soy sace with tamari sauce.
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