Monday, February 18, 2013

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

 Here's an easy crock pot dish that I got from my niece, Katie, who got it from a blog called The Comfort of Cooking. (I love when people send me recipes!!) She had just made it in her crock pot and told me that "this one is a winner." Works for me! It's quick to prepare, it uses simple ingredients, and seriously, ANYONE can make it. Pretty awesome, huh? You just throw some chicken in, pour the marinade over it, and turn it on! I love recipes like this! And who doesn't love a crock pot recipe? It's perfect for a Sunday when you're running errands or doing laundry, etc. And frankly, I can never say no to Sesame Chicken. It's one of my all time faves!!  So give this one a try!
Thanx Kate!!

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water
2 packets minute rice, optional
1/2 tablespoon (or more) sesame seeds
3 scallions, chopped

 Place chicken in Crock Pot and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oil and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
Remove chicken to a cutting board, leaving sauce. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
In a small bowl, dissolve 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 1/3 cup water; add to crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cover and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Add cooked rice to 4 plates, top with chicken and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

You can add some red bell pepper to it, if you like, or just make it as directed. This would also be great to serve with some steamed broccoli. But whatever you do, be sure to include the chopped scallions over the top.  Katie said that was the best part!

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