Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eva Gates’ Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Please welcome today's guest, EVA GATES, author of the lighthouse library series and AKA that energizer bunny, Vicki Delany.  Eva's an entertaining author and a terrific cook. We've been lucky enough to be invited to her farmhouse table for an excellent meal and good company. Today she's sharing an easy and delicious recipe and giveaway.  Read to find out more.

Take it away, Eva!

Sometimes, even on the hottest summer days, you just feel like a hearty, hot meal. And that’s where your slow cooker shines.  No need to heat up the kitchen, just pop the chicken in the pot with a quick and easy sauce, turn it on, and head off to the beach or out to the swimming pool.

I love this dish, and it’s very economical too.  Rather than buying expensive chicken parts, get a whole chicken when it’s on sale and hack it to pieces.  Because the meat will be removed from the bones before being served, you don’t need to worry about appearances or ensuring all the pieces are similar size for serving presentation.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken


3 – 4 pound chicken, whole
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp cornstarch


Cut the chicken into pieces, and remove skin.

Place chicken pieces into the slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper flakes.

Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 5 – 6 hours until the chicken is fully cooked to the point of sliding easily off the bone.  .

Remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker and place them on a cutting board.

Cut the chicken meat off the bones and shred the meat into small pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and discard the bones.

Whisk together the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of cold water.
Transfer the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes.

Add the chicken to the saucepan, stir into the sauce until all the chicken is coated.

Serve over rice or small tubular pasta with a green vegetable.


This recipe freezes very well.

(I found this recipe at and made some adjustments of my own)

Eva Gates is the author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first in the series, By Book or By Crook, was released in February and the second, Booked for Trouble, will be out September 1st.  Eva is the pen name of bestselling author Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers.

Eva can be found at and Vicki at

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Eva is offering an ARC (advanced review copy) of Booked for Trouble to one lucky reader (USA OR CANADA) at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen Just leave a comment to enter the draw.


  1. The Honey Garlic Chicken looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Please enter me in the giveaway for I would love to win. :-)
    Thank you.

  2. Such a fabulous slow-cooker chicken recipe; and the book definitely sounds like a wonderful read!

  3. I bet I can guess one of the adjustments--subbing in blackberry jam for the honey, right? Love it! I am going to try it with chicken tenders!

    1. Oh, dear. Looks like somehow the honey got missed. So sorry. Yes, you need 1/2 cup honey. The recipe will be fixed in a minute.

  4. I hope you all enjoy the dish (too bad I can't teleport it to the winner as well!)

  5. Looking forward to Booked for Trouuble.

  6. Oh that dish sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing it. Can't wait to read the new book.

  7. I loved the first book and can't wait to read the second!

  8. That recipe looks delicious! I loved By Book or By Crook and can't wait to read the new one!

    1. I hope you liked the protagonist's name, too, Lucy.

  9. Thanks, Eva! I love your covers and am looking forward to Booked for Trouble! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

  10. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.

  11. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.

  12. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.

  13. This looks delicious and you'd get many meals from it. Can't wait to read another of your mysteries.

  14. I am very curious about the sauce for the recipe. Looking forward to trying it.

  15. Your slow cooker Honey Garlic Chicken looks good going to print the recipe and try it soon. I read By Book or By Crook and reviewed it on my blog I would love a chance to win Booked for trouble. Very happy your giveaway is open to Canada. I live in Canada so thank you My email is

  16. I'm always looking for new things to do with chicken.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Can never have to many chicken recipes, Sandy.