Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

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slow-cooker-honey-soy-chickenSlow cooker recipes are always a family favorite. Easy to prepare, simple for busy bees parents and, most importantly, great taste no matter how long it’s been stewing. Relish in this Asian-inspired recipe without the take-out calories. This slow cooker Honey Soy Chicken from Shared Appetite carries a sweet and sour kick that’ll satisfy all the hungry bellies. For the tamer palates, skip the sriracha.

Ingredients (serves 4)
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Cooked brown or white rice

Optional
2 tablespoons sriracha (more or less depending desired level of spiciness)
Lime wedges (for garnish)
1 bunch scallions, chopped, for garnish

Method:
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Generously season chicken with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add chicken and sear until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

2. Remove chicken from skillet and add to a slow cooker coated with nonstick cooking spray. Stir pineapple juice into skillet and scrap up any browned bits stuck in the pan using a wooden spoon. Remove skillet from heat and stir in honey, soy sauce, sriracha, and garlic powder. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

3. Remove chicken from slow cooker and increase heat to high. Combine water with cornstarch in a small bowl and add to slow cooker, stirring until fully incorporated. Cook for a few minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit. Return chicken to slow cooker to coat with sauce.

4. Divide rice among four bowls and top with chicken thighs. Spoon sauce over chicken and top with scallions and a lime wedge.

What’s your favorite slow cooker meal to make? Will you add this one to your repetoire? Share your recipe and ideas below!

Music teacher, husband and lover of food, Chris Cockren has had a passion for cooking since the second grade. Visit his blog Shared Appetite for more spectacular recipes and mouth-watering food photography. 

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