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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

Yum.
As with any dish you cook in a crock-pot, this one is incredibly easy.  All you have to do is put the ingredients in the crock-pot and then go about your daily life until you are ready to eat dinner.  Using the crock-pot with this recipe allows the chicken to really soak up the flavors in this yummy marinade, and it makes the chicken so, so tender and moist.  (As you can see from the above picture, the chicken was so tender, it fell apart when I put it on the plate.)  Because of the soy in this marinade, the chicken does come out looking pretty dark, but don't worry - it is supposed to! (Again, see above picture.)  This chicken does taste sweet (not too sweet), so I recommend serving it with sides that are not also sweet (for example, I would serve it with broccoli rather than sugar snap peas).  I put the leftover chicken into some chicken quesadillas for lunch the next day, and the sweetness of the chicken went really well with the salty cheese and spicy salsa.  You can also double or triple this recipe and freeze the leftovers - this chicken freezes well and stays moist when you defrost it.

Ingredients:

Ingredients.
1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of soy sauce (I use low salt)
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of honey

1.  Put the garlic into a bowl.  Combine with the soy sauce, ketchup, and honey.  Whisk together until blended.  
Garlic. 
Ketchup added to Soy and Garlic.
Honey added to Soy, Garlic, and Ketchup. 
Whisk.
The Completed Marinade.
2.  Put chicken thighs into your crock-pot (they can be frozen or defrosted - if they are frozen, the chicken will obviously have to cook longer).  Pour the marinade onto the chicken.

Pouring the Marinade. 
Ready to cook.
3.  Cook chicken on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  Half-way through, I like to flip the chicken over because my crock-pot is so big that the tops of the thighs aren't completely covered in the marinade.  (This is of course optional.)

Halfway through.  
Flipped.
4.  When the chicken is ready, remove from crock-pot.  Pour the extra sauce into a pan and, over medium heat, reduce on the stove until it reaches your desired thickness. Pour the sauce over the chicken.  This recipe serves 3-4.  Enjoy.  

Sauce. 
It's thickening. 
Final Product.  
Delicious.
Recipe adapted from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow.  

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