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INGREDIENTS

CHICKEN:

  • 6 large chicken thighs, skinless and bone-in (2 1/2 pounds or just over 1 kg)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

RUB:

  • 1 teaspoon paprika (mild or smoked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper,(optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black cracked pepper

HONEY GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup (6-oz | 170 g) honey
  • 1/2 cup (125 g | 4-oz) unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chppped or minced
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, (or cider vinegar)
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

ADDITIONAL:

  • 1/4 cup water, or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (cornflour)

INSTRUCTIONS

CHICKEN:

  • Pat dry boneless, skinless chicken thighs with paper towel. Combine 1/2 tablespoon of oil with rub ingredients. Season chicken, rubbing the mixture into the chicken.
  • OPTIONAL SEAR: Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken for 2 minutes each side to get a nice sear. (Do not cook chicken all the way through, this step is purely for flavour.)

    Transfer chicken thighs to a 6-qt (litre) slow cooker bowl.

SAUCE:

  • Melt butter in the same pan the chicken was in, scraping up any leftover browned bits in the pan. Add garlic and saut√© for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a rapid simmer for 1 minute.

    Remove from heat.

SLOW COOK:

  • Pour sauce over chicken in slow cooker bowl, flipping thighs in the sauce to evenly coat. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH heat setting for 2-3 hours, or LOW heat setting for 5-6 hours. Baste with sauce half way through cooking.
  • Transfer chicken onto serving dish and tent loosely with foil. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • While chicken is resting: pour juices from the slow cooker bowl into a pot large enough to fit the liquid. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk 1/4 cup water (or broth) with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch/cornflour into a lumpfree slurry. Whisk into sauce and let simmer for a good 2-3 minutes, or until thickend into a syrup-like consistency. (Please note: sauce¬†will thicken as it cools).

    For a thicker sauce, repeat this step with 1 teaspoon extra cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water. Add into sauce and cook until thickened. Continue this step until reaching your desired consistency.

BROIL:

  • Place slow cooked chicken thighs on a lined baking sheet. Baste chicken with some of the thickened sauce, about 2 tablespoons per thigh. Broil briefly for 1-2 minutes each side to char the edges.
  • Slice chicken and serve drizzled with Honey Garlic Butter Sauce.

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