I’m back! One thing my grandma truly loved was food, and she would not want me to stop sharing recipes. I may not have adopted her Southern ways of cooking, (no fat-back or collard greens for me, thank you) but I do share her love of all things food. I even taught her a thing or two…for example, she thought she hated pumpkin until my pumpkin breads and muffins 🙂
Today, I wanted to share a crock-pot recipe. I love using my crock pot, and have been trying lots of different recipes to build up a good rotation. For a while, it seemed like everything I slow-cooked (mainly chicken!) always came out tasting the same…bland. Of course, a lot of the recipes have had similar ingredients, b/c I just can’t be too creative with my family. They have really boring taste buds 😉 This chicken dish, found at Six Sister’s Stuff, was a hit with everyone. Except Mr. Three, who eats nothing worth mentioning.
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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken
adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff
4-6 breasts *I used 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup packed *I used 3/4 cup
2/3 cup vinegar *I used apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda *I used Sprite Zero
2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic *I used about 1 1/2 T. fresh minced garlic
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons water
- Spray slow with non-stick cooking spray. (Crock pot liners are also great!)
- Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker.
- Mix together the sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, and pour over chicken.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. (Frozen chicken will obviously need a longer cook time.)
- Remove chicken from slow cooker (it should basically fall apart) and pour remaining sauce into a saucepan over high heat.
- Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze.
- Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired.
This can be served over rice or noodles, but we had ours with a baked potato on the side (It’s good on top of the potato too!)
Verdict? Everyone enjoyed this. I liked it because it was not too sweet like some of the other recipes I have tried, and the red pepper flakes gave it a nice little kick. I bet it would be good with a little sriracha too! The kids, of course, skipped the spice, and enjoyed it as is. This, along with Sticky Chicken, will be made again.
I’m linking this up over at – Holly’s Stamping Addiction, The Dedicated House, Homemaker on a Dime, Delightfully Dowling, Skip to My Lou, Making the World Cuter, Project Inspire, Moms Crazy Cooking; The Gooseberry Patch