Friday, August 3, 2012

recipe of the week: honey sesame chicken (slow cooker!)

i'll be honest. when i first bookmarked this recipe, i did it with my husband in mind.  i really didn't think i would LOVE it.  i'm not a "sweet with my meat" kind of girl. but shocker...i actually really enjoyed it!  partly because tweaked it a bit and added some spice to it, and partly because i used really good honey :-)

honey sesame chicken

1 pound chicken thighs (i find they are more flavorful AND cheaper than breasts)
1 cup (yes, one CUP) of honey
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup organic ketchup
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp sriracha hot chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced (i prefer the sweet vidalia variety when they're available!)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 6 tablespoons water

 mix together the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, and sriracha

 add the onion and garlic

 place the chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes
 top with sauce, and cook on low for 4-6 hours

remove chicken from slow cooker and remove bones/cut into bite sized pieces

 meanwhile, stir the cornstarch and water together into the sauce.

 return the chicken to the sauce and cook for another 10-20 minutes
 serve over rice.  enjoy!

obviously, the sugar content is rather high on this simply because of the honey.  but worth it :-)

based on 6 servings, rice not included in the nutritional facts.


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