Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm a Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Contest 3rd Place Winner!!!

Well, I did it again! I am published! I won a Taste of Home recipe contest! I won 3rd place!
Taste of Home Healthy Cooking August/September issue under Healthy Time-Savers Contest.

Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

The Menu:
Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

The Original Recipe:
I found this on Pinterest, but I followed it back to crockpot365.blogspot. OMG! Yes, I just used those 3 letters to describe this meal. It was so good that I made myself sick eating it! It had all the right flavor combinations to satisfy my tastebuds... Make it. You won't be sorry.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken, cut in 2-inch chunks
1/2 cup flour (I used Pamela's Baking Mix)
olive oil, for browning the chicken
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6 ounces (1/2 can) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (I'd opt for little-to-no pulp. The pulp can taste a bit bitter when cooked)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons ketchup

updated 9/20/09: I've heard from a few readers that 1 tablespoon of salt is too much. If you are using iodized or table salt, this will be the case. Kosher salt doesn't taste as "salty" as regular salt, and since the granules are larger, you don't get as much in the tablespoon as you would with regular salt. Adjust accordingly. xoxo steph

The Directions.

Use a 4 quart slow cooker for best results. Dredge the chicken pieces with the flour, and shake off the excess. Go ahead and throw away any remaining flour, we won't need it. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on the stove and brown the chicken on all sides. There is no need to fully cook it, just sear it enough for the flour to stick and get a nice coating.

Plop the chicken pieces into your slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, and ketchup. Taste. If you'd like the chicken to be a bit sweeter, add a touch more sugar. Pour sauce mixture evenly over the chicken, and toss gingerly to coat.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3 to 4. Serve over white or brown rice

* I didn't use any salt. Still delicious!