Slow Cooker Soy-Ginger Chicken

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins

Take it easy: Let your slow cooker or oven work its magic on this flavorful chicken dinner in a tasty soy-ginger sauce.


  • cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar

  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish

  • 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches long), peeled and cut into thin strips

  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal (1 cup packed)

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 chicken drumsticks and 4 thighs (about 2 ½ pounds total), skin removed

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced crosswise

  • Cooked white rice, for serving


In The Slow Cooker

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, cilantro, ginger, 1/2 cup scallions, vinegar, coriander, and pepper. Add chicken and carrots; toss to coat. Cover, and cook on low until chicken is tender, about 6 hours. Using a large spoon, skim off and discard any fat from surface of cooking liquid.

  2. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, whisk cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Ladle 1 cup cooking liquid into measuring cup; whisk to combine. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 1 minute. With slow cooker turned off, stir in cornstarch mixture. Serve chicken with white rice, and garnish with cilantro sprigs and remaining 1/2 cup scallions.

In the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow step 1 (above), using a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid instead of the slow cooker. Add 1 cup water, and cover. Transfer to oven; cook until chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Proceed to step 2 (above).

    Slow-Cooker Soy-Ginger Chicken
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