Inspired by a popular post on Damn Delicious (one of my favorite cooking blogs), this recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken is beyond foolproof, with no braising, marinating or prep work required — just toss it in the slow cooker, come home after work and eat. You can use any cut of chicken and it still turns out moist and delicious. The original recipe called for chicken thighs, but boneless breasts were on sale and are something Georgia prefers, so we decided to try the recipe with those instead. And it worked perfectly. Life = easier, just like that!
Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken
- 8 Chicken thighs (or two packages of boneless breasts, which I used here)
- 16 oz. red potatoes (half a 2.5 pound bag)
- 16 oz.baby carrots (one bag)
- 16 oz. green beans, trimmed (one bag)
FOR THE SAUCE
- 1/2 cup soy sauce (preferably reduced sodium)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Dried oregano, basil, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste (about a tablespoon total)
- Mix the sauce together and set aside.
- In your slow cooker, nestle the potatoes and carrots into the bottom of the pot, then layer the chicken on top. Pour the sauce over and set to cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- The original recipe calls for basting every half hour, which is fine if you are home but not fine if you’re working. It turns out well either way.
- In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in the green beans.
- Serve warm on a cold day!
OK, so this doesn’t photograph very well as a finished product. Trust me when I tell you it’s even BETTER as leftovers!
This is a great recipe to pair with the Maple Dijon Pork Chops I posted about a couple of weeks ago when you’re meal planning for the week, because you can buy one bag of potatoes and use half in this meal and half with the chops; the same goes for the green beans.
Are you all set for Halloween?? We are in full Spooky Swing. Last weekend was the “Boo at the Zoo” event at the same place where we hosted Georgia’s birthday party this year, and we had a blast with friends riding the kiddie rides, seeing the animals in their exhibits, dancing to some monster tunes and of course picking up some toys and (healthy) treats along the walking paths. Monday we had a trick-or-treat in my office, which was another hit, and tomorrow G has her preschool Halloween party. It’s an exhausting life when you’re three — and the actual holiday hasn’t even hit yet! I’m not sure Rapunzel’s wig will make it to Monday intact… 🙂
Have a great rest of the week everyone.