Crock Pot Honey Ginger Chicken

IMG_7351I made this yesterday and the leftovers are already gone!  It is a fairly clean meal and super easy to make.

I used a mixture of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts.  My  mom was in town and she won’t eat white meat – I know, I know… dark meat is definitely not as healthy, but it is more moist.   I also have not perfected cut up chicken in the crock pot not being overly dry.    Maybe it’s because I am always waiting until the last moment to put my meal in the crock pot.  Then, I’m afraid it will be undercooked, so I put it on high heat for too long.  I need to get better at this!

Six Servings.  For those following 21 Day Fix,  a serving size is one red, one yellow, one green and one orange.

Ingredients:
*  4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or a mixture of both –  thawed and cut into chunks (you can cook frozen, but some believe the heat is not hot enough to avoid bacterial growth and it will make you sick)

*  1/2 c Honey

*  3 Tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce (or amino acid)

*  1 inch gated Fresh Ginger Root (I diced it.  Or you can use 2 tsp. powdered ginger)

*  2 Tbsp. Lime Juice

*  2 Tsp Sesame Oil (it lends to the flavor, so if you want to use avocado oil or EVOO you can)

*  1 Tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar (it too lends to the flavor, but you could use regular vinegar in a pinch)

*  4 minced Garlic Cloves (I prefer fresh over jared or powdered)

* 1 chopped medium Yellow or Brown Onion – I cut into 1 inch pieces so my kids can remove them if they don’t want them.  You can easily hid the onions by dicing.

*  Salt and Pepper to taste – but I wouldn’t add a lot of salt – you are already using soy sauce.

*** Note***  If you like your sauce thicker – in the last half hour of cooking, combine 3 Tbsp Cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of the sauce (or water).  Mix well until cornstarch is completely dissolved.  Then stir it back into the crock pot.  My kids like dipping sauce so I don’t normally do.

*** If you want it to look pretty – you can add some toasted Sesame Seeds or chopped Green Onions to the top. ***

Directions:

Grease/Spray your pot.  It will make cleanup easier.  Put onions in the crock pot first, followed by the chicken.  Pour everything else , except the cornstarch mixture or any toppings, on top.  Give it a stir to mix everything and coat the chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3.5-4.5 hours.  You can plate it in so many different ways!
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In the last 30 minutes, prepare your side dishes.  I steamed about 1/2-3/4 of a large bag of fresh broccoli “trees”.  It was probably equal to a large head of broccoli.  The rice was instant brown rice.  Not really instant since it takes about 20 minutes to cook.

It will smell delicious as you are cooking it.  Everyone that walked in wanted to know what was for dinner and when were we eating 🙂

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In a bowl – Place mixed chicken and broccoli over rice.

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On a plate – chicken on rice surrounded by broccoli.

 

 

 

 

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Next to each other on a plate for those that want it separate.  My kids drizzle the extra sauce over the rice.

 

 

 

Any way you eat it, ENJOY!

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