Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

recipe from Six Sisters Stuff

I am a sucker for a great slow cooker recipe. I love that you can get it ready way in advance and then just let the day take its course and not be in stress mode around dinner time. This recipe gives the chicken a delicious flavor, but it is quite sweet, so when I try it again, I may decrease the honey a little and see how it turns out.  

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and Pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
4 tsp corn starch
6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Season both sides of chicken breasts lightly with salt and pepper.  Place in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low 3-4 hours or high 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from cooker, leaving sauce in ceramic insert.  Dissolve cornstarch in water and pour into slow cooker. Stir to combine with sauce.  Replace lid and cook sauce on high for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.  Makes 4-6 servings.

*For a freezer meal, let chicken and sauce cool a little and then place in a freezer bag/freezer-safe airtight container. Seal tightly. When ready to use, defrost in refrigerator overnight, or until you are able to remove it from your bag/container. Place chicken and sauce in medium saucepan and heat through. Serve over rice/noodles.