I tried it on Saturday because I wasn't sure how it would cook and I didn't want to leave it in the morning and come home to find it overcooked/undercooked/burning, etc...
Here's what I did.
First I googled sesame chicken to get a few ideas on what goes into the sauce, and then I played around with the ingredients.
Start out by thawing out around 8 chicken tenders, or 4 chicken breasts. *the tenders thaw faster, so I've started buying them when they're on sale*
Then I got to work on the sauce.
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup *trust me*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic *or more*
1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
3-4 good shakes of crushed red pepper
Stir this up and transfer it into your crock pot.
Then, dice up a half an onion, very finely.
Yep, that's my excuse.
Salt and pepper your chicken and throw it in the sauce.
Turn your crockpot on low and cook for about 4-5 hours, or on high for about 2.
For working mom's & dad's: Premix the sauce the night before, then in the morning use frozen chicken breasts and cook it on low. It should come out perfectly.
If you throw this in around lunchtime you should be good to go. Crockpots are very forgiving.
Pour your sauce into a saucepan, mix up 4 Tablespoons of cornstarch and 6 Tablespoons of water in a small mug and stir with a fork until entirely dissolved. Pour into the sauce and bring to a boil.
Place your chicken back into the crockpot. Once this sauce has been brought to a boil and boiled for about a minute, it will be thicken. When it's the consistency you like, turn the heat off and pour back over your chicken.
Let the chicken sit for a few minutes to rewarm and get fully coated.
I ended up mixing the chicken and veggies together. The sauce was very good on the vegetables as well.
The kids really liked this. All of them! SCORE!
The sauce is thick and sweet with a rich, heavy soy backnote and bits of heat from the red pepper flakes. It's not terribly spicy, just a little low heat. Very nice. For additional heat, just sprinkle additional red pepper flakes on at the table.
I doubled this recipe for my crew and we only had a little leftover! I'm hoping there's some left when I get home tonight...