After the holidays, things only slow down for just a little bit before I become a soccer mom again and life gets hectic. So in preparation for those busy weeks to come, I am trying slow cooker meals and meals I can freeze and pull out to cook when needed. So just a heads up with what you will be seeing in future posts.
The first place I looked when I want to try some new recipes is one of my favorite blogs (www.sixsistersstuff.com) that have many wonderful recipes. So last weekend I started browsing. The only problem I had, was I kept finding so many recipes that I wanted to try that my list of possible dinners kept growing. The best part about the recipes I found on their blog was that it didn’t call for many new ingredients that I didn’t already have. The recipe below is the first one that I tried on my new search to expand my family menu and have recipes for that busy soccer season.
Slow Cooker Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken
- 4 – 6 chicken breast
- 1 c. packed brown sugar
- 2/3 c. vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
- 1/4 c. lemon-lime soda (I used diet to help cut the calories)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 T. soy sauce
- 1 t. fresh ground black pepper
- 2 T. corn starch
- 2 T. water
- Rice or noodles, cooked
- Red Pepper flakes if desired
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or use liner.
- Place chicken breast(may be frozen or thawed) on bottom.
- Mix together brown sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper.
- Pour over chicken.
- Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Take chicken out of slow cooker. (It will be falling apart) and pour remaining sauce into saucepan.
- Whisk in the corn starch and water to the sauce and cook on high heat.
- Bring to a boil and boil for 2 – 3 minutes or until the sauce resembles a glaze. Remove from heat and cool slightly. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Pour over the chicken and mix.
- Serve over rice or noodles.
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes if desired for more heat.
- Thighs will work as well.
- At first the smell and taste of the vinegar will be overwhelming. Don’t worry as it continues to cook it will disappear. By the time it is ready to eat the only part you will notice is the slight “tang” from the vinegar mixed with the sugar.
- This meal can be frozen ahead of time. Place all of the ingredients except the corn starch and water into a freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook just pull out and put in crock pot. Allow extra cooking time because it is frozen.
Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff Blog