Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Crockpot Honey Chicken and Dried Fruit

It was noon on a Saturday, and we didn't have anything planned for dinner. Working with frozen chicken breasts, I decided I had enough time to toss something in the crockpot. We adapted this About.com recipe slightly to work with what we had on hand.

I really like chicken in the crockpot - it stays so moist! This recipe had some great flavor to it - I used a cup of mixed dried berries, and I think the cranberries really made the dish work well. Since the fruit is in the crockpot all day, it plumps up from the moisture. I started with frozen chicken, so the sauce was quite watery near the end. I scooped out about 1/4 cup of the juices, and mixed it with 2 Tbsp of cornstarch, and then added this back to the crockpot for the last 20 minutes of cooking. The sauce with nice and thick, and it was great served over whole grain rice. (Yeah, the picture isn't so great. But some dishes are just so hard to photograph!)

Crockpot Honey Chicken with Dried Fruit
adapted from About.com; serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (frozen is ok!)
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup mixed dried fruit pieces
1/4 c. honey
1/3 c. chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped

Place all ingredients in 4-5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours until chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked. Thicken sauce with a little cornstarch if desired. Serve over hot cooked rice or egg noodles.

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