Chinese Slow-cooker Chicken for $5.39!

Love Chinese food but hate the price of takeout? Enjoy this hassle-free slow-cooker recipe that delivers your favorite Chinese food flavors sooner than the delivery man. Sesame oil, honey and garlic come together to make a flavor that pops. The total for this recipe came out to $5.39!

This recipe is part of our “Feed a Family for $5.55” series. The price of this recipe does not include items from our list of pantry basics.

Chinese Slow-cooker Chicken

Prep. Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 4 Hours and 30 Minutes

An easy Chinese chicken dish featuring sesame oil with honey and garlic.


  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks ($2.97)
  • ½ an onion, thinly sliced ($.25)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($.08)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ c soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 package frozen spinach ($1.69)
  • 1 c rice ($.40)


In a large bowl, toss chicken, onion and garlic with oil, soy sauce, honey sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Place in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours; 30 minutes before serving, prepare rice (boil 1 ½ c water, add 1 c rice, reduce heat to simmer and cover for about 30 minutes). Toss frozen spinach with hot chicken five minutes before serving.

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