Slow Cooker Chinese Hoisin Chicken

With Chinese New Year around the corner (the Year of the Dog!) I’ve been thinking about my favourite oriental dishes. Chinese is definitely one of my favourite takeaways but I rarely make the dishes at home because they just never taste quite the same! My go-to order is usually beef in black bean, or a classic chicken chow mein. I just love those noodles!

I was over the moon with the way this hoisin chicken turned out, it really tastes as good as takeaway and is super simple to make. I can’t tell you if it’s any healthier though as I imagine the sugar and salt content isn’t great but trust me this tastes amazing.

Coating the chicken in cornflour gives it a really nice texture and the sauce is cooked low and slow to get all sticky and delicious. If you’re looking for a new Chinese recipe, I heartily recommend this dish!

You completely don’t need to slow cook this if you don’t have time, it’s fine on the hob. In fact if you cut the chicken up small enough you don’t need to slow cook it for very long either, just 3 hours or so is fine. Any longer and your sauce will dry out!


I served this with egg fried rice (in a packet, I’m ashamed) and crispy ‘seaweed’ which is actually kale! I’ll save that recipe for later this week so for now, here’s the chicken!

Slow Cooker Chinese Hoisin Chicken

Serves 4

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2-3 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 pepper
  • 150ml hoisin sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger
  • Sesame and vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Black pepper to taste

Chop the chicken breasts finely and cover with 1 tbsp soy sauce, marinate for as long as you can. Once ready to cook, place in a bag with the cornflour and shake so chicken is evenly coated. Fry on all sides in a mix of the sesame and olive oil. Set to one side and soften the onions and peppers together. To the slow cooker or pan add the ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, soy, vinegar and half a mug or so of water. Add the chicken and the veg and slow cook for 3 hours or cook on the hob for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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