Sweet and Spicy Crock Pot Chicken

"An easy-to-make crock pot chicken dish that is sweet and spicy at the same time. Adjusting the cayenne will adjust the heat in this dish (I always add more)."
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Ready In:
9hrs 20mins




  • Heat oil in skillet.
  • Add chicken and brown on all sides.
  • While chicken is browning, make sauce by combining garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, chicken broth, lemon juice, and cayenne in a mixing bowl.
  • Remove browned chicken from skillet and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken into crock pot and cover with sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-8 hours or until chicken is done, depending on your crock pot.
  • Remove chicken from crock pot and turn crock pot to High.
  • Mix corn starch and water thoroughly together, then add to crock pot liquid.
  • Place cover on crock pot so that the lid is slightly ajar.
  • Cook until sauce thickens, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Return chicken to crock pot to coat, then serve either alone or over a bed of rice and topped with sauce.

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  1. Mark, is it terrible to stand over the crockpot sopping up the last dregs of sauce with a piece of French Bread? If so, I am beyond reform. I do think the 8-hour cooking time may be a little long for some crockpots -- mine was done when I checked it after 4 hours. I love the heat, but I used half cayenne pepper and half Chinese Five Spice to cut down on the heat factor for the more timid tastebuds in our family. Thanks for sharing!
  2. My husband and I thought this was a great tasting dish! The only problem was that the chicken was really overcooked after 6 hours of cooking. It was done before we were quite ready for it. I would recommend cooking it for 4 hours instead of 8. Also, I will add more spice to it next time. (We love anything hot and spicy!!) I will definitely make this one again.
  3. I made this today for dinner and the smell alone couldn't keep me out of the crockpot! My mother-in-law loved it as well and she is quite picky! This dish reminds me of the chinese dish General So... I served it over rice noodles...I will for sure make this again and again! Thanks for sharing such a delicious dish!
  4. Very salty even with the low sodium soy sauce. May be better by eliminating salt or reducing soy (or both).
  5. Delicious, my whole family loved it, glad I only used half the cayenne (kids), but wonderful. Thanks!!


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