Monday, February 28, 2011

Slow-Cooker Adobo Chicken

I have never been one to use a slow-cooker much.  I just really can’t stand cleaning the things.  However, this recipe has altered my thoughts (and future use) of the much-adored kitchen electric.  Megan at The Fresh Fridge posted her recipe just a couple of weeks ago and something about it just caught my attention.  I probably need to admit that “something” was the soy sauce.  I love soy sauce.  I love the saltiness, I love the flavor and I love how versatile it is.  Most people think of Asian cuisine when they think of soy sauce but I use it in lots of various dishes across many cuisines.  It adds a rich layer of flavor to this chicken too.

So one morning this week, I was running early (how does that happen?), had completed a great workout, was putting some dishes away and spotted the slow-cooker, kind of tucked back in a cabinet.  I looked around and decided that it would be a great day to give this one a try!  It was able to cook all day and I can’t even explain how moist and tender it was.  It was so flavorful and the juice that was left make a wonderful gravy.  Read on!
ingredients: (printable version)
  • 4 (4-6 ounce) chicken breasts (frozen will work)
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tb. white vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1 tsp.. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tb. cornstarch
  • 2 Tb. water
prep:
1. Rinse chicken thoroughly and place in slow cooker
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over chicken.
3. Cook on low in your slow cooker for 8 hours
4. Remove chicken and pour excess sauce in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and mix 1 Tb. cornstarch with 2 Tb. water.  Slowly add to boiling sauce and stir until thickened.
5. I served this alongside edamame risotto, which will appear here at a later date!Unfortunately, I failed to get a picture of the finished product.  Guess I’ll have to make it again soon!!
 

One Response to “Slow-Cooker Adobo Chicken”

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    Sandra — February 28, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    I don't use slow-cooker either..so this is interesting and looks really delicious! I got to try it!

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