Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken, Farmers Wife Original

I love crock pot meals, they make me insanely happy. Yes I know what you're thinking, I'm weird, but hey I'm cool with being weird, it makes life far more interesting to accept my weirdness. haha! Now you probably know by now that I love any dish that has rice, but what you probably don't know is why. Well, it's easy. Yes I just admitted to liking rice for it's simplicity factor, so sue me! (Actually please don't...) Here's the thing, for us dinner is always sort of up in the air, I never know what time the Farming Hubby will be home to eat so it makes it very hard to plan meals. My little Sous Chef eats at 5:30pm every day for dinner, no matter when my hubby is home because he just can't wait, and since half the time my husband doesn't get home til close to bedtime for our little man waiting to eat dinner together is not an option most days. So what I love about meals with rice is if the main dish is done, and can easily stay warm or be heated up quickly, then all I have to do when my hubby texts that he's on his way home is make some rice, then dinner will be on the table when he walks in the door! (Yes I am serious, I strive to have dinner ready when he walks in, I'm old fashioned so what?) But this meal, well it is one of our favorites. ALL OF US! Even my little Sous Chef likes this meal, in fact my Hubby's family even likes this meal (which is a total win in my book!). It's so versatile, super easy, and just so pleasing to even the pickiest of palates. That's is what makes this a winner! You can make this with Lime Juice instead of Lemon, you can cook up some stir-fry veggies on the side with a bit of the sauce, and I have yet to be disappointed with this recipe. You have to try this easy recipe, come on, you know you want to!!! ;-)

Ingredients: serves 6-8 people
6-8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs (I place mine in frozen, which is why I cook on high for 1 hour)
2/3 cup Soy Sauce (low sodium)
1/3 cup Lemon or Lime Juice (either fresh or concentrated)
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoons Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mustard

Directions:
Spray a 6 quart crock pot with cooking spray, then place the chicken pieces in the bottom. In a bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken, and mix. Cook on high for 1 hour, and then on low for 3-4 hours. *Optional: To thicken the sauce, make a cornstarch slurry (equal parts water and cornstarch mixed to a paste like texture) and add to the sauce, allowing it to come to a boil and thicken.* If adding stir-fry vegetables, heat a small amount of the sauce in a wok, and cook the vegetable until tender, serve along with the chicken on hot rice.

*Rice tip*
When making rice add some chicken bouillon to the water before it boils, adds some flavor to any dish. If making a beef dish add some beef bouillon. I do this instead of adding any butter or extra fat.

Review:
Seriously simple, yet amazingly delicious! We just love this meal, with both the lemon and lime. I love to serve with with chopped green onions on top, and some fresh lemon. This is kid approved, and my go to recipe for a lazy dinner! 5 stars.

The Farmers Wife

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