Let me tell you a little story about how my Main Taste Tester missed out on eating this fabulous chicken. Twice. My MTT goes for impromptu Tuesday night wings with the boys every once in a while and this past Tuesday was one of those times. He let me know he was going and I said something along the lines of, “Have fun! You’re missing an awesome supper though!” I had this chicken in the crockpot and I couldn’t wait to try it. The sauce had smelled perfect when I prepped it that morning. Anyway, wing night happened and I added this chicken into a totally summery and delicious salad for myself. I also snuck about a million bites straight from the pot. Best chicken I’ve ever made in my slow cooker, hands down. It’s juicy, saucy and exploding with flavor. I want to make it into a sandwich and eat it with stir-fry and rice and so many other things. So, so versatile and delicious. Anyway, I enjoyed every bite and then made each of us a big chicken salad for lunch the next day, bursting with flavorful chicken and other awesome things. I was really impressed with the chicken and salad and couldn’t wait to hear what my MTT thought of it. I was ready for major girlfriend points. The next day, when he got home late from working a function, I excitedly asked him what he thought of it.
Me: “How did you like that salad I made? Wasn’t it awesome?!”
Him: “Actually, I had no fridge to keep it in today and it went bad in my hot car while I was working the event. I had to go and grab something else to eat.”
(He pulls it out of his backpack. It is a melted mass of wilted greens and soggy chicken and just looks generally disgusting. I am heartbroken. )
Him: “Yeah, look at it. The cheese even melted. I didn’t want to get sick.”
Me: “No! You can’t waste it! I put so much chicken in it! That chicken was the best ever! I poured my heart and soul into that salad!”
(He stares at me in silence and contemplates ending the relationship.)
Just kidding. But he probably wanted to.
Anyway, make this chicken and even if the man in your life misses out, you can eat it all by yourself. It’s damn good. Luckily for my MTT, I already want to make it again ASAP.
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
- 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken ( I used 2 breasts and 8 thighs)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup grape jelly
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
Lay chicken evenly on bottom of slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together all other ingredients except for cornstarch and pour evenly over chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours or so until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken carefully from slow cooker and place on a cutting board to cool. Whisk together the cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water in a small bowl.
Put the slow cooker liquid and cornstarch water mix in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes, whisking occasionally until sauce is thickened.
While, sauce cooks, shred chicken.
Once sauce is cooked, mix with chicken. Serve!
Note: I had about 1 cup of sauce left over and I stored it in a container in the fridge. It would be great with other meat or veggies!