Monday, April 30, 2012

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Secret Recipe Club

Can you believe it is Secret Recipe Club time again?  The time is just flying by and I am so sad that I have not had a post in over a month.  I am only five weeks away from a full summer off which means lots of cooking and lots of fun with my family.  I can hardly wait!

OK, on to my blog assignment for this month.  I was so lucky to get Prevention RD a blog about healthy eating that tastes wonderful and is EASY to do.  This is my kind of blog I tell ya!  Nicole, who writes Prevention RD, is a registered dietitian so she knows what she is talking about in the healthy food department.  She also knows how to make healthy food taste delicious!  I had such a hard time choosing a recipe to feature from her blog so I had to make three or four before I finally settled on her Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken.

Most of you know that I L.O.V.E my slow cooker.  It is such a life saver at times and makes my hectic life much easier.  This recipe is wonderful.  I cut the red pepper flakes down to a 1/4 tsp just so the final product wasn't spicy for my kids, but other than that I made it as she lists it below. The chicken is tender and moist, full of sweet tangy sauce, and works perfectly with rice that absorbs all that delicious flavor.  We paired ours with the stir fried broccoli that I featured last month for Secret Recipe Club and it was wonderful. Make it this week for a delicous and easy dinner meal.  ENJOY!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken
Recipe Source: Prevention RD 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1.25 lbs)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 onion, diced
2 1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp safflower oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced, pressed or grated
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (A Cook's Quest used 1/4 tsp)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
Put chicken into crock pot.
Meanwhile in a separate bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and mix,
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. 
Remove chicken from the slow cooker leaving the sauce.  Whisk the  cornstarch into liquid in the crock pot, cover and cook the sauce on high for ten more minutes or until it just starts to thicken.
Shred chicken or cut into bite size pieces, return to the sauce and stir together.  Serve over rice and with your favorite green vegetable.

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