Hello to my slow cooker! There is nothing better than a dinner cooking all afternoon while I get laundry, dishes and cleaning done or …maybe put my feet up , eat some bon bons and pretend I am working hard on a delicious dinner . I will never tell what I am doing and will never tell what you do in your home!
This post came about a while back while my brother-in-law Bobby and I were having a conversation about his dislike for any food coming out of the slow cooker. He made it clear it was not his favorite. I wanted to change his mind, as I know there are several great slow cooker recipes out there. So here ya go Bobby! My first slow cooker recipe to you…with more to come! Check out the serving suggestions below!
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar (light)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
5 cloves fresh garlic minced
2 teaspoons Siracha (or more , depending on your taste)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
In a sauce pan add the honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce , siracha and season with black pepper. Bring to a boil , then lower the temperature and simmer. I simmered this for almost a half hour on low heat stirring often. It became pretty thick. (I almost thought I brought it too far) so be careful not to burn it! Let cool……
In the slow cooker add the chicken, pour in the cooled sauce, add the garlic and stir until coated. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours flipping chicken a few times.
At the four hour mark take the chicken out and shred using two forks. While the chicken is out of the pot mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl then add to the crockpot. Turn the slow cooker on high, add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and continue cooking on high for one hour.
Notes and serving suggestions:
If you want to make the sauce the night before that would be fine , store sauce in fridge and add everything into the crockpot in the morning I think that would work well.
When I made this recipe I had hoped to have a second recipe for a slow cooker rice, I came upon a rice recipe and thought that would be great to have a slow cooker rice and would be able to cook both recipes at the same time and could continue sitting back with those bon bons, oops, I mean chores and hard work..cough, cough …well…this did not happen, the rice recipe SUCKED! Do not cook rice in your slow cooker! you heard it here first ! DONT DO IT! ugh…HORRIBLE!
SO …serve over your favorite white rice, NOT cooked in your slow cooker OR serve as a sandwich or slider with your favorite coleslaw! That is what I did and it was fantastic!
We had some left over the next day so I made some pasta with Alfredo sauce and added the shredded chicken to it and that too was very good!