Sunday, September 30, 2012

honey glazed soy chicken in the slow cooker

Over the summer I had several failed slow cooker recipe attempts so I was excited to go two for two last week and add slow cooker meatball grinders  AND this honey glazed soy chicken to my repertoire!  I adapted this recipe from The Tasty Kitchen altering the cut of chicken and swapping out a few ingredients.  Success!!!!

Just a note about slow cooking boneless chicken breast…..
I have dried out chicken in the slow cooker many times!  I have learned that my slow cooker has a tendency to cook quickly!  Chicken breasts can cook no longer than 3 hours on low in my pot.   Yours may be 2 or 4.  Test it and see so you don’t end up with a dried out mess! 

Prep Ahead Plan:  This isn’t a “set it and forget it” cook all day kind of recipe BUT it’s perfect for those crazy, jam packed hours after school where everyone goes in 10 different directions and you are the taxi service that gets them to their designated locations!  Take 5 minutes and prepare the recipe in the slow cooker the night before and let the chicken marinate all night, which is even tastier.  Turn it on at 3:30 and eat at 6:30!

Honey Glazed Soy Chicken
4-5 skinless chicken breast (not too thin)
ground pepper (to taste)
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 small onion, diced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or more)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 scallions
cooking spray

1.  Spray slow cooker insert with cooking spray.
2.   Mix pepper, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, vegetable oil, garlic, onion and red pepper flakes in the pot.
3.  Place chicken in the honey/soy mixture, turning to coat and refrigerate overnight (or cook immediately).
4.  Cook on low for 3 hours adding 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water during the last 30 minutes.  Serve over brown rice topped with scallions.

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