Friday, September 13

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Another "Cooking for a Carnivore" challenge success!  This honey sesame chicken was sooo good!  I followed the recipe pretty much "TO THE T", but I there were a few things I would/could do differently next time too.  It was awesome, but I was missing the veggies and crunch.


This recipe is fast, easy, and totally YUMMY.  I totally felt like I was eating take-out!  The only thing that could have made this better was a side of cream cheese won-tons.  Right?


My husband loved it.  I think he is converting me to a little bit of a carnivore though, I don't see any vegetables on this plate.  We will have to fix that the next time around.


This recipe just calls for chicken, but next time I am going to add either diced water chestnuts or sliced bamboo shoots for a little crunch.  It would be good with the chicken cubed and mixed with veggies too, more like a stir fry.  You can get the original recipe here.

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sriracha hot chili sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 heaping tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small can water chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts to garnish

Directions:

1. Place the chicken seasoned with black pepper in the bottom of the slow cooker.

2. Mix everything but the cornstarch and the last amount of water in a bowl and pour over the chicken.

3. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.  Then remove the chicken and shred it with two forks.  Leave the sauce in the slow cooker.

4. Mix the 1/4 cup of water and cornstarch together and add to the slow cooker.  Cook on high for 10-20 minutes or until slightly thickened.

5. You can either place the chicken back in the slow cooker and coat with sauce or remove the sauce and pour the desired amount of sauce on the chicken. Add the water chestnuts, whole or sliced. 

6. Garnish with chopped peanuts and serve with rice.  

ENJOY!


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