Good news everybody, I started a new job! Woohoo! Bad news everybody, I’ve been so busy with the new job I have been eating out waaay too much. It is time to get my crockpot skills down, and in a huge way. Today I bring you a really good easy recipe that is not only easy, it’s the kind of thing even your kids will like. Why? Cause it’s got honey and chicken – and what kid doesn’t like that?
Now a common thing I’ve found with most crockpot recipes is that they require you cook the meat for odd amounts of time. Like, anywhere between 3 to 6 hours. The problem is, who goes to work and arrives back home in just 3 to 6 hours? Who sleeps between just 3 to 6 hours? Well, I’m sure some people do, but I don’t. I believe my crockpot disasters are due in large part to leaving the meat in the crockpot for 8+ hours. Here’s what’s good about this recipe: because everything ends up in this saucy grouping, the directions say to leave the chicken in there 3 to 4 hours, but you can easily leave the chicken in there for longer and it’s not going to make THAT much difference.
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
1 small bag of frozen veggies (your choice)
In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with pepper, put into crock pot.
Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. If you are like me and don’t have an odd 3 or 4 hours to waste, put everything in the crockpot right before you go to bed, and then cook on low. Of course, if you do this you must complete the directions first thing when you wake up in the morning.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.
Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce.
Throw in the frozen veggies and cook for another 30 minutes. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles. You can also sprinkle more red pepper flakes on top if you want more heat.
And now you have a enough food for dinner. Or if you are like me, you have enough lunch for the week that smells downright delicious.