The crock pot is an amazing kitchen appliance. It not only saves time, but it saves money too (it keeps me from ordering carry out!). I have been really busy this week getting ready for my craft show on Saturday so I have not spent much time in the kitchen. My husband John is a good sport but I knew he would appreciate a hot meal when he got home from work today. I did not have a lot of time and had some chicken breasts that needed to be made into something, so I pulled out the trusty old crock pot, put on my mad scientist hat and created a delicious meal with stuff I had in my pantry! It turned out yummy, and as my daughters boyfriend Justin would say it was definitely blog worthy, so I thought I would share it here!
Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki (6 to 8 servings)
3 to 4 chicken breasts
salt & pepper
1 clove garlic minced
crushed red pepper flakes
1 can pineapple chunks in juice
1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
2 Tbs. corn starch
Toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Directions: Spray your crock pot with non stick cooking spray (this helps with clean up!) place chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot and season with salt & pepper. Add on top of chicken the pineapple chunks, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, sweet red pepper, onion, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and stir until combined. Cook on low for 6/7 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. About 1/2 hour before done shred chicken with fork and mix 2 Tbs. corn starch with 1/4 cup water and stir into bubbling mixture, continue to cook another 1/2 hour. This thickens the sauce. Serve over rice, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!
Cooks Notes: I made my rice in my rice cooker and stir fried some fresh pea pods in a little olive oil (this only takes about 5 min!)
Place the chicken breast on bottom and season with salt & pepper
Add everything else (except the corn starch) and stir
I cooked mine for about 3 1/2 hours on high then shredded the
chicken with two forks the sauce will be thin
Mix 2 Tbs. corn starch with 1/4 cup water and stir into sauce
Let cook about another 1/2 hour until sauce thickens
I made white rice in my rice cooker (another time saving kitchen appliance!)
Stir fry some pea pods in a little olive oil for about 5 min
until bright green and puffy,
then season with coarse salt and coarse pepper
I toasted some sesame seeds in a small pan to sprinkle on top.
Toasting them brings out the rich nutty flavor
Stir frequently until golden brown, be careful they don't burn!
I will definitely be making this one again! It was really tasty and it looked like I spent hours slaving over a hot stove instead of glittering Christmas ornaments for my show! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!