About time for a blog post, don’t you think? This one will be a little different, because it is about food. Usually, I leave the cooking to my very skilled and wonderful cook, my dear husband. It’s not that I’m not a capable cook, but he actually ENJOYS doing it! GASP! Not the case for me. I enjoy baking and doing some cooking, but when the audience is 3 unappreciative children, not so much! He does travel for work however, and sometimes he is just too busy, so I do have a few “go to” recipes up my sleeve. One that I started making this year has become one of my family’s favorites. I found it on Pinterest (shocking I know!). My kids totally make fun of me for finding all my ideas on Pinterest, but this meal really makes them think twice about mocking me! 😉 The recipe is Slow Cooker Teryaki Chicken and it from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen blog. It looks like this:
Is that a beautiful meal or what? Suitable for a family dinner or even company with its textures and colors all on one serving dish! And I’m telling you, it is the MOST delicious, hearty meal you could ask for! And healthy too…
So here is my step by step the way I make it for my family…I have altered the amounts based on our personal preferences from the original recipe. I use a bit less meat,sugar and vinegar, but keep the rest the same. I end up with lots of sauce left over to pour over the rice and broccoli at the end.
8-10 boneless skinless chicken thighs (I find they are usually packaged this way at the store)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
5 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
Brown Rice and Broccoli
Begin by placing the boneless, skinless thighs (please use thighs! It won’t be as good with white meat) in the slow-cooker and turn the heat setting to low.
I do trim off some of the bigger blobs of fat, but sometimes I just put them in there frozen, so I can’t. Either way is fine! Get a medium sized bowl and combine the first six ingredients. Whisk them together and pour over the chicken. Put the lid on and cook on low for about 4 hours (I would say 4 is the minimum, but I have left it as long as 6 and it doesn’t dry out).
About an hour before we want to eat, I put some brown rice on the stove to steam (it takes 45 min to prepare). If you are in a hurry or aren’t home, quick rice would be just as good! When the rice is done, I turn the heat off, put some broccoli in the microwave to steam, and pull out my chicken from the crockpot, saving the sauce.
That chicken just falls apart with no effort on my part. I cover it to keep it warm and transfer the sauce to a pan on the stove to thicken. Add your cornstarch and water and it will thicken up by the time your broccoli is ready.
Place the chicken, rice and broccoli on a serving platter, pour the thickened sauce over all of it and watch your family inhale every last bit! I’m telling you this is so DELICIOUS!!! I hope you will give it a try and let me know your results! Thanks to Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen for such a yummy recipe!