soy ginger chicken in the crockpot

24 May

i pulled out chicken breasts to defrost the other day but really didnt have a plan for them.  so i pulled out my HUGE accordion file of recipes.  recipes i’d ripped out of magazine or printed out mostly.  and went through the chicken folder.   and this is the recipe i decided on.   i was skeptical after reading the reviews online but i’m glad i made it!  we have a few crockpot recipes we really like so its always nice to have more good ones!  i used about 3lbs of chicken breasts and left out the carrots.  served over sushi rice.  next time i’ll add more ginger and garlic – and maybe even some wasabi!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches long), peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal (1 cup packed)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 chicken drumsticks and 4 thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds total), skin removed
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • For Serving

    • cooked white rice

Directions

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, cilantro, ginger, 1/2 cup scallions, vinegar, coriander, and pepper. Add chicken and carrots; toss to coat. Cover, and cook on low until chicken is tender, about 6 hours. Using a large spoon, skim off and discard any fat from surface of cooking liquid.
  2. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, whisk cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Ladle 1 cup cooking liquid into measuring cup; whisk to combine. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 1 minute. With slow cooker turned off, stir in cornstarch mixture. Serve chicken with white rice, and garnish with cilantro sprigs and remaining 1/2 cup scallions.
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