Slow Cooker Orange Teriyaki Chicken
Anyone else wish there were more slow cooker recipes for families of four? I feel like most recipes call for so much meat it would solidly take us a week to get through it. I don’t know about you, but this girl can only eat BBQ pork so many meals in a row.
Enter this cookbook – Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two. I picked it up on a whim about ten years ago and it’s one I return to at least monthly. Also, I’ve invested in a 3-qt crock pot in addition to my big honker one that I mostly use for parties. This little guy and the recipes from this cookbook were perfect when it was just my husband and I and continue to be with two girls. Even as they start to eat like grown-ups, I don’t see us moving to the big guy anytime soon.
This recipe from the cookbook for Orange Teriyaki Chicken is one of my favorites. If you haven’t figured out yet, I like anything I can put on rice and drown in soy sauce. If you prefer spice over salt, Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch would pair nicely. Take advantage of a work from home day or your slow cooker’s timer as this only takes 2 1/2 – 3 hours to cook.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I made a lot of changes to the book’s recipe. The book’s version calls for chicken thighs and fresh ginger. If you’re a dark meat kinda cook, go for the thighs and subtract the water below. I just always have chicken breasts on hand. As for the ginger – do fresh if you can!! My jar ran out right before testing this recipe, so I pinch-hit with a pinch of ground ginger. It works, but if you have fresh, it’s better. I used honey instead of brown sugar because why not. Finally, I added hoisin sauce for a little more umpf. (Oh, and I skipped their suggestion to brown the chicken first. I know that keeps things moist, but it also dirties up another pan. You do you here!)
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