Last week, thanks to my local Macaroni Kid and their awesome giveaways, I won tickets to the Home Show that was taking place nearby. I was very excited, and we opted to go to the show on Sunday afternoon after church and after lunch. We’d be getting home just in time for dinner.
Nothing’s worse than coming home at dinner time and trying to decide what to make for dinner. On the flip side though, nothing’s better than coming home to dinner already cooked for you while you were out!
Therefore, when we planned our meal menu for the next two weeks, one of the slots was filled with a new recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken, thanks to a blog post I’d seen earlier that week on my friend Paula’s blog, My Soup for You. I knew when I saw it, that it was one I wanted to try too, and being a crock pot meal it fit in great with our Sunday afternoon schedule.
Paula had gotten the inspiration for her meal from the Kitchen Whisperer, and she tweaked it to fit her needs. I followed Paula’s recipe almost to a “T,” only changing a few things, which I note in the recipe below with asterisks. Thanks to Paula for sharing her variation of the Kitchen Whisperer’s recipe with us! It made our Sunday afternoon stress-free and relaxing, and we had a delicious dinner!
Here is Paula’s recipe, just as she has it on her blog, My Soup for You:
Honey Sesame Chicken
2 lbs chicken – I used thighs ***We used two pounds of chicken tenderloins.***
1/2 cup honey – original called for a full cup but I didn’t have enough ***We used a full cup.***
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp ketchup
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ***We were out of this.***
3 tbsp cornstarch
6 tbsp water
Green onions and sesame seeds to garnish ***The grocery store didn’t have any green onions on Saturday.***
1. Place the chicken in a 5 quart slow cooker that you have sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Combine honey – cayenne (no water, cornstarch or garnishes yet!) and pour over the chicken.
3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
4. When done, take the chicken out and leave the sauce in the pan.
5. Combine corn starch and water and make a slurry.
6. Pour that in the slow cooker with the sauce and mix. Cook for another ten minutes on high until it thickens slightly.
7. Chop up your chicken and put it back in the sauce. I also added about two cups of broccoli florets.
8. Serve with rice and garnishes.