Honey Chili Chicken & a Big Giveaway (Closed)!

Slow Cooker Honey Chili Chicken

I’ve taught a few classes on slow-cooker cooking and I always make sure that my attendees go away with one bit of advice: sear the meat and sauté your veggies before putting it in the pot to cook for hours. I love the crock-pot but my one pet-peeve is that food can often be lack-luster. Call me a food snob, but I still want what I eat to taste good even if it only took me 5 minutes to throw together— calories are only worth it if they’re delicious, right? Now, you might think that taking the time to sear your meat and veggies takes away from the “convenience” of slow-cooking since you’ll be dirtying more dishes and spending a few extra minutes cooking, but that’s how you get good flavor! When you sear your meat you are essentially trapping all of the juice that’s held within it and caramelizing the sugars on the outside to create depth of flavor. Caramel color on any food achieved by heat = flavor. Think seared scallops or crème brulee.

So here you are, totally torn to pieces because you want to be a slow-cooking aficionado, but don’t want to take the time to sear, sauté, prepare, and clean-up. Well, I’ve got some good news for you! Have you heard about the new Ninja Cooking System? It was just released on the market last month and it is, in essence, a crock-pot on crack. Back in August I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference and the awesome folks at Euro-Pro decided to give each attendee a system to try out. As UPS was knocking on my door earlier this week I opened the door, ripped it out their hands and couldn’t get to the kitchen fast enough to try it out. In the past 3 days that I’ve had it, I’ve used it twice and have loved it! Let’s talk about some of the things that it can do because you might just end up with one! Yep, I have one to give away to one of my lovely readers too!

Honey Chili Chicken

It’s called a Ninja “Cooking System” for a reason; it’s basically a whole kitchen in one little unit. Its functions include oven, stovetop, and slow-cooking settings. With these settings you are able to use it like an oven for roasting and baking, like a slow-cooker with high, low, and warm options, and like a stovetop for simmering and SEARING! So, if you’re picking up what I’m laying down, you can sear and sauté your meat and veggies on the stovetop setting and then switch it over to the slow-cooker setting to cook like you would in a crock-pot. In addition to these settings you also have the ability to steam roast/bake, and the pot insert is professional grade non-stick so your days of over-night crock-pot soaking are over!

Let’s take a look at this Honey Chili Chicken and how it works in the Ninja. This recipe will also work just as well with a few modifications in a crock-pot and I’ll include those directions in the recipe card below.

You’ll start by seasoning some chicken breast with salt and pepper and searing them in a bit of canola oil on the HIGH stovetop setting until they are lightly browned but not cooked through.

Honey Chili Chicken

Combine some honey, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, and lime juice and pour over chicken. Set Ninja to LOW to cook for 3-4 hours, or HIGH for 1 ½ -2 hours.

Honey Chili Chicken

Remove chicken from sauce and place on a plate to shred.

Honey Chili Chicken

Switch Ninja back to the HIGH stove-top setting and bring sauce to a simmer. Add in about 8 cups of frozen stir-fry vegetables and let simmer in the sauce until they are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir a little cornstarch into some water and mix into the simmering sauce and vegetables. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.

Honey Chili Chicken

Stir the shredded chicken into the sauce and vegetables and serve over steamed rice.

Honey Chili Chicken

Honey Chili Chicken

I love that I can sear, slow-cook, and simmer all in one pot! The other day I also used mine to heat up a gallon-sized Ziploc bag of frozen solid soup. 45 minutes on the 350 degree oven setting gave hot, simmering soup without me having to worry about scalding the bottom of the pan or stirring—it was amazing! I really wish I had a bazillion to give-away to all of you, but alas, many will enter; only one will win. Sniff, sniff.

The Contest

Up for grabs is a complete Ninja Cooking System w/ steaming rack and baking pan ($149 value).

To Enter

You are able to earn up to 6 entries by doing the following: (Please leave a separate comment below stating that you completed each entry)

  1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite slow-cooker meal is.
  2. “Like” Heather Likes Food on Facebook.
  3. Follow me on Twitter @hlikesfood.
  4. Follow Heather Likes Food on Pinterest.
  5. Tweet or make a Facebook post about this giveaway linking to this page.
  6. Follow Ninja on Facebook.

Good luck!

A winner will be randomly selected next Friday, October 12 and notified via email.

Honey Chili Chicken and Vegetables
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 C honey
  • ¼ C soy sauce
  • ⅓ C sweet chili sauce
  • ¼ C ketchup
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 8 C frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • ¼ C cold water
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in canola oil until lightly browned, but not cooked through. Place chicken in slow-cooker.
  2. Combine honey, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, ketchup, garlic powder, and lime juice and pour over chicken.
  3. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or HIGH for 1½-2 hours. Remove chicken from sauce, place on plate, and shred.
  4. Add frozen vegetables to slow-cooker, cover and let cook on HIGH for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked through. Combine cornstarch and water and stir into sauce and vegetables. Return lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  5. Return chicken to the sauce and vegetables and serve over steamed rice.
Discloure: Euro-Pro provided me with a kitchen system to review and is sponsoring the giveaway, but the opinions and thoughts expressed here are solely my own.


  1. CL Ladd says

    I have a hard time narrowing it down to just one. I make a lot in the slow cooker. Today I have a big batch of chili in there. Just right for a chilly 37 degree day.

  2. Nozomi says

    For some reason, I’ve never gone out to get a slow cooker, therefore, no fav recipes yet. What a great idea to just set everything up and come back to a nice warm meal…♥

  3. Nozomi says

    Now following you on Pinterest.
    That was a torturous page to see just now as it’s before dinner and I’m starving =D

  4. Nozomi says

    I’ve searched for and Liked Ninja Kitchen on FB.
    Heather, either something’s down right now, or the links may be incorrect under your “To Enter” instructions. 😐

  5. Mandie Murk says

    My favorite thing for the crock pot in terriaki roast, but I also used it this summer to make jam and it was AWESOME!

  6. Madeline Osborne says

    “Liked” you on Facebook? Check.
    Follow you on Twitter? Check.
    Follow “Heather Likes Food” on Pinterest? Check.
    Follow Ninja Kitchen on Facebook? Check.
    Tweet AND make Facebook posts about this giveaway linking to this page? Check and double check.

    My Favorite Slow-cooker meal is Steel Cut Oatmeal with apples, followed closely by BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs.

  7. Lynn says

    Happy Fall!!!! I am so excited about doing some slow cooked meals. So perfect for this season. Thanks for the reminder….and awesome giveaway.

    My favorite is Chicken taco soup!

  8. Shannon Robison says

    I really like making a copycat Local Boyz shoyu chicken recipe. That way I don’t have to brave the campus streets to get my craving.

  9. Tamar says

    My favorite slow cooker meal is a Jewish meal called chulent.

    It includes:
    onions, flanken, potatoes, barley, and spices.

  10. Julie C says

    Favorite crock pot dish is whole “roasted” chicken – then I make chicken stock with the bones and drippings

  11. Susan says

    I linked this on Facebook, told you want my favorite slow cooker food was, liked you on Facebook, followed you on Pinterest, and liked Ninja on Facebook. :) Five entries for me. I don’t do Twitter, so I couldn’t follow you there.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  12. Kara says

    My favorite slow cooker meal is definitely fiesta chicken – you just dump cans of beans, corn, and salsa into a slow cooker, top it with onions, chicken, garlic, and seasoning, and let it cook for as long as you feel like waiting. Delicious!

  13. says

    My favorite slow cooker meal is barbacoa. My last crockpot recently broke and turned our barbacoa into beef jerky in about 5 hours – it was a sad day…

  14. Danielle says

    I “Like” Heather Likes Food on Facebook. In fact, will you move in with me and cook for me and my family?? My mouth is watering over the pictures.

  15. says

    HOLY COW, I absolutely LOVE this! I have a ninja food processing set and it is the best. I would LOVE this in my tiny apartment kitchen, it would be perfect! And dishes are my least favorite thing to do, so this seems like it was made for me! My favorite slow-cooker meal is probably pot roast (or maybe chili!).

  16. spacemonkey1138 says

    I guess my favorite is the meal I just made- bbq pulled pork. It is so easy and tastes better than what the real bbq restaurants around here serve.

  17. Chrystal D says

    Mine is what I call Chicken & Stuff! It’s chicken breasts, stuffing, veggies, cream of mushroom soup…it’s awesome!

  18. says

    Hello, my favorite slow cooker recipe has got to be my beef stew with dumplings. I’ve been making this for years and everybody loves it. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  19. Michelle says

    I posted a link on my FB about this blog/giveaway. I am now following/liked your FB page. and I have also “liked” ninja’s facebook page.

  20. says

    I love my other Ninja products, and can’t wait to try this too! My favorite slow cooker meal must be old fashioned meat, potatos, and veggies! I have also “liked” the ninja FB page already and am on my way to like your page and follow on pinerest! Hmmm, I have vension in the crock pot right now!

  21. Janice Fish says

    I use my crock pot often, but what I love to make the most is a yummy pot roast with carrots, celery and onions.

  22. Karla Sceviour says

    I dont have a slow cooker,thats why I really want to win this,,but I would say my favorite slow cooker meal would be a nice pot of chili!

    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  23. Greta says

    How could anything be better than Hawaiian pulled pork that has been waiting for you in a slow cooker all day just becoming more juicy and tender! I’ve needed my own crock pot for years and this one looks like the creme de la creme!

  24. Brandi Bashor says

    My favorite slow cooker recipe is your crock pot honey chicken, just made it for the first time and I had a whole houseful of happy people! That doesn’t happen too often with 3 kids ages 5, 7, and 9.

    Thank you!

  25. says

    My favorite is lamb chops and kraut with apples.. We just made this with purple kraut and some shredded carrots and it was fabulously deliciously amazing!

  26. says

    My family and I would love this to use for all our favorite slow cooked meals. Especially with two boys in sports after school they love coming home to a slow cooked meal. Our favorite is a family classic, pot roast. Our family is hoping to warm our home with some new slow cooked recipes with this:)

  27. Deb C says

    My favorite slow cooker meal is Chicken and Wild Rice. I love the savory taste of it and how tender the chicken is.

  28. Amber Warfield says

    Currently my favorite thing to make in my crockpot is yogurt but I also love making pulled pork. It so easy and everyone loves it.

  29. Wayne Lecoy says

    Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway
    It Would Be Great To Win The Ninja Cooking System
    With Steaming Rack And Baking Pan.
    In Response To Your Requirements To Enter
    Leave a comment telling you what my favorite slow-cooker meal is.
    My Favorite Slow Cooker Meal Is Beef Pot Roast.
    I Have Also Liked Ninja Kitchen And Heather Likes Food On Facebook.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Heather A says

    My favourite slow cooker meal is pulled pork. One pork shoulder, one bottle of beer and one bottle of hickory barbecue sauce. Cook for 8 hours, pull and serve on buns one day and over rice the next. Yum!

  31. Deborah Hogue says

    My favorite crockpot recipe is Barbecued Pulled Pork, it goes great in a sandwich or over rice, noodles, potatoes, or I put it into a tortilla and ro
    ll it up burrito-style and deep-fry them until they are brown and crispy

  32. Whitney Lindeman says

    My favorite slow-cooker meal is chicken with soy sauce, teriyaki, and pineapple, served over rice. Soooo good.

  33. amy says

    Haven’t had one since I was little but I loved pot roast and potatoes on cold winter nights or rainy autumn days. My mom tended to cook fancy – which I liked too – making exotic italian, indian and other yummy fare sometimes a simple meal wrally hit the spot