Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Honey Sauced Chicken (Slow cooker)

I am usually pretty good about predicting how well I (and my family) will like a new recipe...unless it is cooked in a slow cooker.  I am always trying new things and am always looking for new slow cooker recipes, but in that category, there have been an unfortunate number of (surprising) flops.  I would never subject anyone to the flops, of course.  This recipe is one that my running buddy, Marie, has raved about for quite a while.  It is one of her go-to recipes, and I am happy to say that it has made it into my regular rotation, as well.  

  • 2 medium/large chicken breasts 
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 small onion, chopped (~2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  1. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker.  (Some may prefer to omit the salt due to the soy sauce in the recipe.)
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour over top of chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 3 hours.  Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to pot.  Mix with sauce to coat.  Continue cooking for another 15-30 minutes.  Serve over rice or noodles.
Note: Depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks, your sauce may turn out to be quite thin.  If thin sauce isn't your thing, try cooking for longer (at the risk of drying out your chicken a bit) or mix a bit of cornstarch with a small amount of water and stir it in before you add the chicken back in.  For the record, I liked the thin sauce.

Difficulty:  very easy
Time: 10 minutes prep, 3.5 hours cooking
Source: adapted from www.mmmcafe.blogspot.com

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