Honeyed Plum Garlic Chicken

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Winter doesn’t officially begin until┬áDecember 21st, but all it takes is a cursory scroll through your Pinterest feed to see that according to the internet, it’s winter, people. Christmas cookies and fudge are everywhere, and if those sweets are already making the rounds, then it’s time I share one of my favorite flavor combinations with you, honey and plum, in what’s sure to become a Crock Pot standard in your home: Honeyed Plum Garlic Chicken.

If you’re anything like me, in the cold, snowy months, you find yourself craving rich, filling foods. Instead of indulging in something that will only bring you guilt later, try this dish, full of sweet and savory warmth. Skip the takeout, skip the heavy, cream-based soups, and let your slow cooker do the work for you. And if I may be so bold to say, this Honeyed Plum Garlic Chicken is better than the local Chinese restaurant.

Honeyed Plum Garlic Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 of total recipe


3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup plum jelly (I like to use homemade, because I can control the sugar content.)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons pure olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Step by Step

  1. Arrange chicken breast halves in the slow cooker, so that they are not overlapping, if possible.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, plum jelly, hoisin sauce, olive oil, garlic, onion, and crushed red pepper flakes (if desired), then pour the sauce over the chicken.
  3. Replace the slow cooker lid, and cook the chicken on LOW for 4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquid), and place it on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred the chicken to desired consistency. Place the shredded chicken back in the slow cooker, and stir to combine it with the liquid.
  5. Serve the chicken over brown rice and/or with your favorite cooked vegetables.


Calories 456; Total Fat 12.2g; Saturated Fat 1.1g; Trans Fat 0.0g' Cholesterol 111mg; Sodium 2169mg; Total Carbohydrates 46.3g; Dietary Fiber 0.9g; Sugars 42.5g; Protein 44.4g


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  • Diane Carter Nowack

    What is the purpose of the olive oil? Can I leave it out?