Sweet Soy Asian Chicken

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September 4, 2017

Delicious chicken pieces with a sweet Asian flavour!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Yields: 5


8 chicken thigh cutlets (bone in, skin on)

1/2 cup Sweet Soy Sauce (kecap manis - not regular soy sauce)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce


1Place raw chicken directly on slow cooker bowl base

2Combine other ingredients and pour over chicken

3Cook on LOW for 4hrs 30mins

4Basting during cooking if you around to do so for rich colour

5Served with brown rice and Asian greens

Submitted by Paulene Christie


71 Reviews

I would just leave the rest as is Robin ๐Ÿ™‚


August 4, 2022

If I’m only using 4 chicken thigh cutlets would I halve the sauce ingredients?

Jodie McPherson

August 2, 2022

Absolutely delicious!
I had 6 thighs in the freezer (I defrosted donโ€™t worry) which I used with this meal tonight. I didnโ€™t have minced ginger so I substituted for powdered ginger instead. I also decided to take the meat off the bone and do a little shredding as we have a large family and it make it go further. I cooked it for about 5 hours (not for any particular reason, just worked out that way).
Everyone loved it – will definitely be making again!
Thanks Paulene!

How was it Lenny ๐Ÿ™‚

Lenny Firth

July 5, 2022

Trying this today for dinner tonight! Using skinless thigh fillets and fresh ginger and garlic!


July 4, 2022

Hubby & I really enjoyed but next time I do need to thicken the sauce up a tad.

Tania Bomford

June 28, 2022

So yummy! I doubled the sauce because you can never have to much sauce! We had it with brown rice and broccoliniโ€ฆ.. it was just delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹

Barbara Anderson

June 21, 2022

This is just so scrumptious really enjoyed itโ€ฆ I will do this again.


April 29, 2022

Such an easy versatile meal. Cooked many many times. The thigh cutlets get served for myself and the kids, grilled chicken breast with the sauce from the cutlets over it for my fussy hubby.

Mim Bates

March 22, 2022

A huge winner in our house! So easy, so delicious, will definitely cook again and again!

merryl morrissey

November 19, 2021

Absolutely loved this recipe and I am fussy! I doubled the sauce but will triple next time.


September 17, 2021

Cooked this for the first time and it was Delish, I used boneless chicken thighs (skin off) Towards the end I added broccoli, snow peas, bok choy and some egg noodles, thickened with cornflour 1/2hr prior to dishing up. It was cooked in around
3 & 1/2 hours . Served on rice. Will def make it again! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Cathy Miller

September 17, 2021

This is seriously delicious. I crisped it up in the airfryer for 5 minutes before serving. Do yourselves a favour and give it a go, you won’t be sorry.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

September 17, 2021

Little wings like that, around 3-3.5hrs Rhonda

Rhonda Fennell

September 16, 2021

might try with chicken wings and drumettes, how long would it take please


August 31, 2021

Loved this!! I made a few modifications cos Iโ€™m a flavour girlโ€ฆ used fresh garlic and ginger and doubled amount and a splash of soy! With rice and greens, delicious ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป


July 6, 2021

Made this tonight for dinner for two – halved the recipe and put it on low for 4 hrs (5.7 ltr SC but could have done it for 3.5 hrs I think with boneless skinless chicken thighs). Thickened the sauce in the end with cornflour and served with shallots, broccoli and rice. Will try with bok choy next time!

Susanne Jones

July 2, 2021

Thinking of doing this tomorow, if i use 600 grams chicken breast would all other ingredients be the same? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

2-3hrs if heaps for breast


May 21, 2021

Would this work with chicken breasts? And would cookimgvtome be the same?

Maureen Greet

April 30, 2021

One of my familyโ€™s all time favourites! Love this dish, often cook with stir fry rice and bok choy. Have doubled this and it worked really well when I had extended family over. Delicious and simple, packs in a lot of flavour.


April 28, 2021

Amazingly simple & tasty.
Served with rice & Pak Choi


April 28, 2021

Enjoyed by everyone! Will definitely do again.


April 14, 2021

This is the BOMB!!!! The colour of the chicken makes you drool before even trying it. Made exactly as per recipe and basted through cooking, we served it with fried rice. HIGHLH RECOMMEND!!!


April 2, 2021

This recipe is awesome. I could drink the sauce. Only thing I did differently was use boneless thighs.


January 28, 2021

Easy and delicious!

Curley Deb

January 8, 2021

Loved this chicken dish, will do again, so easy. Will be a family favourite in my house.

Maureen Greet

January 4, 2021

One of my all time favourite go to recipes, so tasty and everyone loves it.


September 19, 2020

had this for tea tonight it was so yummy wasn’t sure about the sweet chilli sauce thought would be hot but it wasn’t had it on rice


September 5, 2020

Yum! Followed this super-easy recipe exactly, except I used boneless, skinless, thigh fillets. Regularly basted during cooking. I was able to fit 4 thigh fillets comfortably in my 1.5 litre slow cooker. Served with brown rice and steamed broccolini. Delicious meal!

3-4hrs for fillets

Yes you can – around 30mins less

Rhonda fennell

August 22, 2020

Can i use drumsticks?
Do i do same cooking time?


August 22, 2020

What about boneless cuts? Would the cooking time still be the same?

Karen C

August 9, 2020

Never been one for cooking Asian food but this recipe changed all of that.! Huge hit in our house served with homemade fried rice and steamed greens YUM๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 10, 2019

I think if it fits there’s no reason you couldn’t multiply it like that ๐Ÿ™‚ However don’t do the cooking time x 3


November 8, 2019

Hi Paulene, one of our faves….absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ’• Just wondering if tripling the recipe would be pushing it or would I be best to do in 3 batches? Need to feed a large group and want to make this & freeze it! Thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚


October 31, 2019

Made this again and itโ€™s still a winner in our house. Such an easy recipe with such flavour.

Margaret Price

October 29, 2019

This recipe is on my meal planner. Everyone loves it & I cook it regularly. I have chicken thighs & drumsticks marinating ready to cook tomorrow night but this (sorry Pauline) time Iโ€™m cooking them in the AF just to see how crispy the skin gets.

Elaine Pilcher

July 7, 2019

Ive made this a few times now, always a winner here. Serve wirh rice, broccolini & carrot. No leftovers.

Arthur Gane

June 1, 2019

Did this for dinner last night with stir fry vegetables.
Beautiful taste with lots of sauce

Darren sure can if you like that ๐Ÿ™‚


April 28, 2019

Can you use hot chilli sauce instead of the sweet chilli sauce

The sweet soy is more or a syrupy sweet version
Regular soy would be too salty


January 16, 2019

If I canโ€™t find sweet soy sauce can I use regular soy sauce?

Kathryn Rickwood

January 9, 2019

Made this for the family tonight, was yummo!
Only thing is was wondering if I did something wrong? There was a lot of runny liquid in the sauce and it didn’t come out glazed looking like the photo.

Karen Stuckings

January 5, 2019

So good. We used chicken breast and cooked 2 hours high. No leftovers so safe to say it was a big hit


November 19, 2018

What can I say omg Paulene you have done it again, I cooked this last night and absolutely love it ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m going to cook it using chicken nibbles to serve with the Christmas lunch
Thanks again 5 stars

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 16, 2018

I’m not sure as I don’t eat GF
The kecap manis is a thick, syrup like, sweeter version of soy if that helps you find an alternative

Wendy Mirza

November 16, 2018

Is there a gluten free alternative for the kecap manis? Or should I just use regular GF soy?

Joanne Lowery

November 15, 2018

Wow, i made this tonight for the first time tonight and it didn’t disappoint, the flavour is absolutely delish , even my fussy husband loved it

Amanda Young

November 8, 2018

Yum yum yum so easy taste Devine love the sauce it’s a favourite in my house now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


November 7, 2018

Great recipe for the whole family! My fussy little eaters (4 & 6 yrs) even asked for more!
I used boneless chicken thighs, cooked for 4 hours on low in the slow cooker. It was a bit runny so to thicken it up I used equal parts of cornflour and juices and cooked it through on the stove top. It will definitely be a regular meal in our house ๐Ÿ™‚

Joanne Talarico

November 5, 2018

Made this last night for the family. Was a big hit, everyone absolutely loved it. So easy as well. Thanks for a great recipe

Robyn Fraser

September 5, 2018

Delicious! Every member of my family cleared their plate and declared that this is our new favourite chicken dish.


June 15, 2018

So yummy and so cheap!!!! Made exactly as per recipe and then finished in the oven to crisp up for 10mins! Served with air fried chips and coleslaw! Hubby (who dislikes eating chicken with bones because itโ€™s โ€˜annoyingโ€™) loved it!

Pammie's Kitchen

April 26, 2018

Thank you .
Love this recipe.
First tried it with a turkey hindquarter and was delicious.
Now it is also my latest fab chicken wing recipe when I make them for my nibblies.

Karen Davoren

April 21, 2018

Yum, Yum, Yum! Whole family raved about this. Definitely be cooking this again!


March 25, 2018

O M G! Its been a long time since I have found a new recipe that not only the hubby likes but both the kids! Not one but BOTH kids! Thank you so much. I used about a dozen drumsticks and double the sauce ingredients except for the sweet chilli as I was a little wary for the kids. This will be regular. just delicious with rice to mop up the awesome sauce and greens

Tracey Welburn

January 3, 2018

Another one to add to the favourites list. Flavours are absolutely amazing. I did add capsicum & shallots about 3.5 hrs into cooking. Skimmed fat off the top regularly & thickened at the end with cornflour. 5 stars๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ


December 31, 2017

First time I made this, was delicious . Only used 1tbsp of sweet chilli and submitted ginger for Thai spice. Whole family loved it. Thank you

Shaylee Harwood

October 8, 2017

I tried this last week and it will definitely be a repeated dish in our house! I used assorted cuts, doubled the sauce (except for the soy), put in the oven at the end to brown a little while I thickened the sauce! Loved it!!!!

Thank you SO much!

Darren Comley

October 3, 2017

This recipe really is magnificent. Personally in my top 4 finds on this site. So easy and so tasty!!! And this time I got organized and allowed some sauce thickening time at the end. That worked really well with a bit of cornflour. Yesterday I had to use boneless skinless chicken thighs as I had these leftover. They weren’t the biggest and I wish I’d dropped cooking time to 4 hours. They were still lovely…there are never leftovers when I do this and I’m yet to have the patience to take a photo…I just want to eat them asap!!

The kind of recipe I’d give 10 stars if I could!

Steve Mould

September 13, 2017

Cooked this for the first time yesterday. It was easy and delicious. Thank you for the Recipe Paulene, it is magnificent.
I did remove some of the oil from the SC at the end and thickened the sauce. My Family are all over full and moaning on the lounge. A total success.

Steve Mould

September 12, 2017

I cooked this for the first time today and it was excellent. I drained a bit of the oil on top and thickened to make a delicious sauce. Served with fried rice. No one can move cos they are so full. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe.

Chris James

September 12, 2017

Have a friend of 20 years arriving from the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ today that I haven’t seen for 17 of those years. Cooking this up for dinner tonight. Hope it doesn’t let me down to impress ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Darren Comley

September 9, 2017

Magnificent and wanted to do it again almost immediately!! A very easy prep. A very easy cook and baste. An extremely delicious result. So good all my family wanted more (including the fussiest teenager in the world). Without doubt I’m doing this again soon. Thanks Paulene.

My leaning tip for next time – be prepared to thicken the sauce at the end, before serving. I couldnt wait any longer and just went for it. Even in the leftovers.


September 6, 2017

Forgot to say it is gluten free for coeliacs using gluten free sauces.


September 5, 2017

This was easy & delicious. Even the fusshy men in the family said it was definitely on the “have to do again” list.


September 5, 2017

Great recipe. Family gave it thumbs up. Put chicken in oven for last 15 minutes to get crunchy skin. Just so easy and delicious.

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