Oh, the crockpot. When we got one for a wedding gift, I honestly wasn’t sure how much we would use it. The idea of a crockpot sounds great – just throw everything in and let it cook all day while you are doing other things. But in reality that takes almost as much planning ahead as a normal meal would take – and planning meals ahead isn’t really my strong suit. Luckily, there are some crockpot recipes that don’t take 8 hours to cook, and there are others that can be modified to cook for a shorter time with a higher heat.
Luckily the recipe that I used only needed to cook for 3 hours on low, so it was totally with the timeframe of make making a weekend dinner! I found this recipe via Pinterest and you can find the recipe here.
As most crockpot recipes are, this was easy to prepare. Mix up the sauce, throw the chicken and sauce in the crockpot, forget about it until dinner. Well, forget about it until an hour before dinner is ready when it starts smelling like dinner! That might be the thing I dislike the most about the crockpot, you can smell your delicious dinner way before it is actually time to eat! Waiting is the hardest part.
This recipe turned out really well! We served it over rice, and added some peanuts and chow mein noodles for crunch. There were a couple of small things we changed about the recipe. We didn’t have an onion or onion flakes on hand, so we just used the equivalent in onion powder. I didn’t add the red pepper flakes to the sauce mix, but when it was done cooking I took my portion and then the husband mixed some in to his portion to get a little bit of heat.
The only thing I would suggest is to flip the chicken halfway through cooking. The chicken was well cooked and the flavor of the sauce was good, but the most delicious part was the chicken that had been sitting on the bottom and had a little bit if crispiness on the outside. Flipping it would (hopefully) give a little bit of that crispiness to the whole chicken.
Ease: A, mix and forget for 3 hours.
Taste: A+, I really liked this! It was not overly sweet and had a good flavor!
Would I make it again? Yeah I think so. And you can cook it on high for 1.5 hours, so that is even almost enough time to make it on a weeknight!