Is it too early for slow cooker recipes?
Because personally, I love using the slow cooker all year long, but in the fall and winter, weekends just don’t seem complete unless there is an intoxicating smell of something slowly cooking away in the kitchen. And we are all in fall mode, right?
I’ve had quite the history with slow cookers. I don’t think we used them much growing up, so it wasn’t something I was especially used to. Then my brother gave me a camouflage slow cooker for Christmas one year that I deemed way “too hick” (I’m sorry!!!!) for my “sophisticated palette.” Oh the naivety. (To defend myself a bit, the gift was a joke and while my brother was a big fan of the slow cooker and I’m 92% certain that he and his roommates were cooking items they had personally hunted…like squirrels. I didn’t really think I had a use for it, being that I was a city dweller.) The moral of the story is this: I returned that camouflage slow cooker to K-Mart and then found myself buying a stainless steel version a few years later.
I’ve been hooked ever since.
Years ago, I created a few asian-inspired slow cooker recipes (crock pot asian chicken, crock pot asian beef), which have been quite popular over the years, but it was time to revisit the concept, with some different cuts of meat and different flavors. I love this version because it’s made with really simple ingredients and it couldn’t be easier!
This honey soy chicken takes a few minutes of prep, a few hours in the slow cooker and before you know it, you’ll be eating a flavorful, healthy meal. The chicken thighs practically shred themselves. The rice soaks up the delicious sauce you don’t want to leave on your plate. The broccoli is a) something green and b) so tasty! It’s a complete meal the entire family will enjoy.
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
- 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1½ pound chicken thighs (skinless, boneless)
- 1 cup basamati rice
- 1 lb broccoli florets
- Combine first 5 ingredients in small bowl.
- Add chicken thighs to slow cooker in one layer.
- Pour over marinade.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- When chicken is almost done, prepare rice as directed.
- Steam or roast broccoli.