This time of year everyone is trying to eat healthy and the nonconformist in me wants to do the exact opposite. The more I think about eating healthy chicken or fish with veggies, the more I just want to go eat a Krispy Kreme. The defiant inner teenager inside me wants to rebel and do exactly what I’m not supposed to.
I also have it in my head that I have to eat ALL of the junk food in my house before I can properly start to eat healthy. As if it’s my duty to eat the whole pound of See’s chocolate that my sisters gave me…ahem…before I can start eating healthy. I just think of it as taking one for the team so my husband doesn’t have to ruin his healthy eating ways.
This crockpot honey garlic chicken is my compromise to the start of eating healthy. Although the ingredients aren’t entire healthy on their own if you ate them in their entirety, the chicken only cooks in it and then just a little sauce is eaten with it. This recipe comes from Deborah over at Taste and Tell who shared this as one of her favorite recipes of 2011 so I knew I had to try it. I agree with her that often chicken in the crockpot tends to be dry and lacking flavor that’s why chicken thighs are perfect for the crockpot. This chicken reminded me of the Huli Huli chicken we had in Hawaii last year. My husband thought this chicken was even better. Serve it over brown rice and with some broccoli for a healthy meal or shredded over a salad.
|Honey Garlic Chicken|| |
- 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or chopped
- ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup honey
- (optional) fresh basil, shredded, for garnish
- Place the chicken in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and honey. Pour over the chicken and cover.
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Be sure to check the chicken periodically. My chicken was done after 5 hours on low. Remove chicken, place on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Transfer the remaining sauce to a saucepan and reduce down over medium heat until desired consistency is reached. I mixed a teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and added it to the sauce and continued to stir and cook on medium heat until it thickened up a bit.
- Serve a little sauce over the chicken and garnish with fresh basil.
- Serve chicken over rice with some broccoli or green beans on the side.