Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Secret Recipe Club...Featuring Slow Cooker Peking Chicken

After a brief hiatus for the holidays, I'm back for another fun Secret Recipe Club reveal! My blog this month is Mostly Food and Crafts. Danielle's fabulous blog had so many great dishes to choose from, but one quick-prep slow cooker recipe especially caught my eye. Her Slow Coker Peking Chicken used ingredients that I already had on hand in my kitchen. It literally took me 10 minutes to prep everything, then my slow cooker did the rest. If you're looking for a super easy recipe that delivers great Asian flavors? You'll definitely want to give this recipe a try ASAP!! The only tweaks I made to the recipe were to cook four chicken thighs instead of eight...but I kept the amount of sauce ingredients the same to ensure we had lots of flavorful sauce. I also added a bit of red pepper for spice and some lime juice for a slight tang. Finally, I seared the skinless chicken thighs before pouring the zesty sauce over the top. This flavorful chicken can be served over steamed rice, noodles...or even over orzo like I did!

Slow Cooker Peking Chicken
adapted from Mostly Food and Crafts
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced 
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tbs. grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Juice of half a lime
Step 1: Add the green onions, garlic, soy sauce, honey, ginger, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and lime juice to a measuring cup. Whisk well to completely combine and set aside.
Step 2: Sear the chicken thighs on both sides in a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray until browned. Add the thighs to a slow cooker. Pour the reserved sauce over the top and cover. Cook on Low temperature for 3-4 hours, flipping the thighs over midway through the cooking time. This ensures they're evenly flavored in the cooking liquid.
Step 3: Cook your choice of starchy side: rice, noodles, or orzo pasta according to package directions. To serve, spoon some of your side dish in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Top with one chicken thigh, and spoon some of the flavorful sauce on top. Sprinkle with additional green onions if desired.
This dish is a real winner: simple to make and bursting with flavor! We loved this dish, because the chicken cooked up tender and juicy...and the sauce is so flavorful. It's a little sweet, a little tangy, and a little spicy. This is a meal I can see myself making very often -- especially on busy days. I hope you give it a try and love it as much as we did!  I hope you'll check out all of the other great Secret Recipe Club dishes that are being shared today. You're sure to find something new to add to your upcoming menu plans.

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