Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Recipe Review | Honey Sesame Chicken (Crock Pot)

This is a new recipe I tried for the first time last week. I had pinned the recipe some time ago and finally got around to testing it. Honey Sesame Chicken was a hit with the family. The flavors are sweet and warm without being sticky. While the sauce was a little thin, the texture of the chicken was tender and the sesame flavor came through nicely.
Honey Sesame Chicken
What you need:
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
1 green onion, thinly sliced (for garnish)
sesame seeds, *toasted (for garnish)
What to do:
In a bowl, combine onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, vegetable oil, and red pepper flakes.
Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in a crock pot.
Pour mixture over the chicken and toss gently to coat.
Cook on LOW for 3 1/2 hours.
Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and shred.
Return chicken to the crock.
Cover and simmer another 30 minutes.
*To toast sesame seeds, place about 1 teaspoon in a non-stick pan and cook, stirring and tossing often, over medium heat until golden and fragrant. Remove to a cool dish. 

I served mine garnished, over steamed rice. Had I thought of it, I would have served it with blanched and sautéed broccoli on the side. However, I failed to plan for that and instead found a bag of our favorite "in a pinch" frozen veggies in the freezer (Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Butter). It may sound like an odd combination--but they actually worked really well with the chicken. :)

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