Monday, October 15, 2012

Slow Cooker Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken

I'm back!  One thing my grandma truly loved was food, and she would not want me to stop sharing recipes.  I may not have adopted her Southern ways of cooking, (no fat-back or collard greens for me, thank you) but I do share her love of all things food.  I even taught her a thing or two...for example, she thought she hated pumpkin until my pumpkin breads and muffins :-)

Today, I wanted to share a crock-pot recipe.  I love using my crock pot, and have been trying lots of different recipes to build up a good rotation.  For a while, it seemed like everything I slow-cooked (mainly chicken!) always came out tasting the same...bland.  Of course, a lot of the recipes have had similar ingredients, b/c I just can't be too creative with my family.  They have really boring taste buds ;)  This chicken dish, found at Six Sister's Stuff, was a hit with everyone. Except Mr. Three, who eats nothing worth mentioning.
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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Garlic Chicken 

adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff

4-6 chicken breasts *I used 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup packed brown sugar *I used 3/4 cup
2/3 cup vinegar  *I used apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda *I used Sprite Zero
2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic *I used about 1 1/2 T. fresh minced garlic
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons water

Red pepper flakes (optional) 

Directions:

  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. (Crock pot liners are also great!)
  • Place chicken (frozen, thawed or fresh) inside slow cooker. 
  • Mix together the sugar, vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, and pour over chicken. 
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. (Frozen chicken will obviously need a longer cook time.)
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker (it should basically fall apart) and pour remaining sauce into a saucepan over high heat. 
  • Mix together corn starch and water, pour into saucepan, and mix well. Let sauce come to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken and turns into a glaze. 
  • Remove from heat and let sit for a minute or two (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top if desired.  
This can be served over rice or noodles, but we had ours with a baked potato on the side (It's good on top of the potato too!)

Verdict? Everyone enjoyed this.  I liked it because it was not too sweet like some of the other recipes I have tried, and the red pepper flakes gave it a nice little kick.  I bet it would be good with a little sriracha too!  The kids, of course, skipped the spice, and enjoyed it as is.  This, along with Sticky Chicken, will be made again.

I'm linking this up over at - Holly's Stamping Addiction, The Dedicated HouseHomemaker on a Dime, Delightfully Dowling, Skip to My Lou, Making the World Cuter, Project Inspire, Moms Crazy Cooking; The Gooseberry Patch

90 comments:

  1. I have the same problem with my Crock Pot. The chicken always comes out really bland and dry (how that's possible I don't know). I'm definitely going to have to give this one a try.

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    1. That's because chicken breast cooks in minutes, not hours.

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  2. I have sweet and sour chicken in my slow-cooker as we speak...wish I saw your recipe BEFORE I threw it in! I'm adding this to my list and will be trying this next week! Thanks for the great recipe share! Pinned and following! Hope you're having a great Monday!

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  3. Yum...I almost always use chicken thighs in the slow cooker when I make chicken dishes in there. I find breasts just get a weird texture once they are in there for awhile. With that being said, this looks like a winning recipe...but I think I'd use thighs. :0) and for the record, I'm not a huge fan of dark meat, but in the crockpot, it can't be beat!

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    1. I don't like dark meat either, but have heard several people say chicken thighs were so much better in recipes. Are the nutrition stats much different?

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    2. Yes, I always use thighs in the slow cooker also. I can't wait to make this. Oh my goodness.

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  4. Wow this chicken sounds REALLY good! Love the sound of the garlic and brown sugar combination!

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  5. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! My husband hates sweet meat but I love it... I have got to make this!!!

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  6. I love anything in the crockpot! And the flavor combo of this sounds awesome! New follower! Would love for you to visit me and join as well!

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  7. I don't think I would have thought to pair brown sugar and garlic but what a fabulous idea!

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  8. This tasted really good and was crazy moist... but it smelled horrible while it was cooking!

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    1. I'm glad it tasted good at least! I don't remember it smelling bad...but it's been a while since I made it, I might not have been home while it was cooking. Thanks for the feedback!

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  9. Yumm! Saw this one on Pinterest, and have it on an upcoming meal plan to try soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing. How much water do you use?

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    1. Thank you! Are you talking about the water used to mix in the corn starch? I just use a couple of tablespoons of cold water to dissolve the corn starch before adding to my sauce. You may be able to add the corn starch directly into the sauce without the water, but I'm not sure if it will dissolve as well.

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  11. Making this today. Hoping I get good results too. Its so hard to find a good recipe that makes me OK with eating chicken breasts. Thanks so much!!

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  12. Making this today. Hoping I get good results too. Its so hard to find a good recipe that makes me OK with eating chicken breasts. Thanks so much!!

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  13. I bet this would also be good with beef strips from a tougher cut like round steak? Can't go wrong with brown sugar and garlic!

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    1. I've been thinking the same thing! I will post it when I try it!

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  14. Why the soda? I don't want to use high fructose corn syrup nor any artificial sweeteners or additives. So is there a substitute for the soda?

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    1. I'm not sure why the soda...I guess since dark sodas are used frequently in BBQ sauces, someone thought it would be a good idea. I don't see why you couldn't sub it with any liquid of choice bc there is plenty of brown sugar for sweetness, and cornstarch as a thickening agent. I've only tried it as it is written here, so I can't be sure. Let me know your results if u try it!

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    2. Try pineapple or orange juice.

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    3. Maybe some lemon lime seltzer water and some added honey or a bit of pure maple syrup!

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    4. Soda tenderizes the meat.

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    5. Soda tenderizes the meat.

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  15. If you add some pineapple chunks and bell pepper strips toward the end it would be great sweet and sour chicken.

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  16. I made this tonight and added broccoli and can pineapple chucks. I served it over stir fry mixture. it was great!

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  17. I made this yesterday, and it turned out really, really good! I think I would use chicken thighs next time, though, as the breasts dried out a little bit. Nonetheless, thanks for the great recipe - I agree that it would make a great stir fry or sweet and sour meal as well!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know how it worked for you! I agree, thighs would probably work well. I have JUST started (like this week) using thighs in addition to breast meat. My kids and husband love them, and they do stay more moist and tender.

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  18. Making this today with a couple of small Pork Sirloin Tip Roasts that I got from Costco. We prefer pork over chicken, so we will so how it turns out. Thanks for the yummy looking recipe!

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  19. Hi, I found this recipe through Pinterest and we adored it. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks Annette! So glad you all liked it!

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  20. I have this in the crockpot as we speak!!! I diced some jalepeƱos and threw them in there for a little kick. Can't wait to eat it! Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. We give it 2 thumbs up! Just had it for dinner tonight with mashed potatoes. Next time we'll have it with rice. I definitely think it would be good with pork.
    I cut the chicken into chunks when I was removing the liquid to thicken it. I think next time I"ll cut the chicken into chunks when I first put it into the crock pot so it can really absorb all that juice!

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    1. Glad y'all like it! Thanks for the feedback!

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  22. Everything is in the crockpot now :) hope it's as yummy as it sounds. One quick question though, it says to mix cornstarch with water for the glaze, how much water it doesn't say??? -Thank You!!

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    1. You just need about 3 tablespoons of water to mix the cornstarch in prior to adding it to the glaze so it won't clump up. Hope y'all like it!

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  23. Soak your chicken in salt brine overnight. Dryness will disappear. Or, if you don't want the extra salt, add a little olive oil and water to the ingredients, and marinade the meat in that overnight. That will work for pork as well.

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    1. Thanks Terry. My Grandma used to soak her chicken. She made the BEST fried chicken!

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response...the corn starch is just to thicken the sauce, otherwise it is very thin/watery, but it's not absolutely necessary.

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  25. When you used your crockpot, did you add more water when you put it in the pot? so it doesnt run out of liquid while cooking and burn? i am marinading mine over night. thanks!

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    1. Hi Kayleigh! No, I didn't add any additional liquid, other than the vinegar and soda called for in the recipe. It was plenty to keep it from drying out, and you end up with enough liquid to make the sauce at the end. Let me know how it turns out for ya!

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  27. Can you freeze this? As in.. put all ingredients in a baggie and freeze and then dump into the crock pot another day?

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response, I tried to reply on 2 different occasions on my iPad and the comment just disappeared! It's bad when you can't reply on your own blog :-)

      To answer the question, I haven't frozen this particular recipe, but I don't see why you couldn't. I think I will be trying that as well, the next time I buy chicken in bulk.

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  28. I've got this in the crockpot right now, and I'm excited for dinner! Thinking we'll put it over either quinoa or brown rice. I do have to say, in response to someone else's comment, it does smell like hamburgers in my house while I'm cooking this! Weird

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    1. Hamburgers?! That is weird! Hope it was good anyway :-)

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  29. Made this for dinner tonight! It was so good! I will definitely be making this one again! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Yay! Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

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  31. Has anyone tried shredding the chicken? This would be great as a pulled chicken with a pineapple slaw!

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  32. I made this but left out the soda, and put in a couple table spoons of sweet chili sauce (found in the Asian aisle) instead of red pepper flake. My two boys, 5 & 8, were raving and made me promise to make it again!!!!

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    1. That's awesome Amber (I'm always thrilled when my kids actually agree and like something!) Thanks for letting me know, and I love the chili sauce idea!

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    2. I was just going to ask about leaving out the soda to make it healthier and looks like someone else thought of it too. I like the flavor combination. I am going to have to remember this one. Thanks Kim!

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    3. I will try this without the soda, and add the green peppers/pineapple. But should I add the Sweet Chilli sauce(instead of the red pepper flakes) at the end or with the other ingredients?

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    4. Lori, I would just add it at the end, but I don't think it really matters.

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  33. I think rooster sauce would be perfect. And I would serve this over Shreded cabbage with a bit of rice on the side.

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  34. I've made this a couple times now and it is delicious!

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  35. My family really liked this one! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know!

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  36. I tried this and I had only lemon solo and I only used the same amount of sugar as u did also I only cooked it for half the time it was really nice but the vinegar was a bit over powering I don't know if its because it wasn't cooked as long but it was still nice and chicken was delicious I did add extra lemon solo as it would of dried out thankyou for a nice rfecipe

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    1. Glad you liked it! I'm not sure about the vinegar being too strong. I really like vinegar however, so I might not have noticed!

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  37. I am trying this tonight, Going to use it as the base for some dumplings with some shredded cabbage, carrot and spring onions. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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  38. This was great! I used 16 chicken thighs to feed my family of 8! It was not as sweet as I had thought it would be, but it was a hit in my house!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad your family enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

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  39. Found on pintrest and im about to put it on right now. Will post after we all taste it.

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  40. Only thing is I wouldn't cook it as long as it say cuz if you using boneless chicken breast they cook fast and it seems to dry out, so I would only cook it for 3-4 hours. The sauce was delish, I didn't have soda so I used ginger ale lol but it was good.

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  41. Made this today. It was awesome! I will use thighs next time but the flavor was awesome! And my house smelled awesome all day!!! Thank you or the recipe!

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  42. Made this today. It was awesome! I will use thighs next time but the flavor was awesome! And my house smelled awesome all day!!! Thank you or the recipe!

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    1. So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know.

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  43. I have this cooking right now, it doesn't smell very good, so hopefully it will taste good. I just looked through the lid and some of the garlic that is on the chicken looks blueish. I used fresh, why would it do that?

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  44. I made this today & it was very very YUMMY! I followed the recipe exactly & mine smelled delish while cooking. My mother in law happened to come by & even complimented me on the smell of my food while it was cooking so I'm not sure what the others were talking about. I have a very picky 6yr. old & he gobbled it right up. So thank u for the recipe. :) I will def. be making this again.

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    1. I'm so glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know! (Now, if I could just get my super picky 5 year old to eat any chicken other than nuggets!)

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  45. We tried this for the first time in early January. We also had it in February. And we're having it tonight! It is DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-LICIOUS!

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  46. My husband I and made this and it turned out perfect. I made homemade waffles and we had chicken and waffles. Thanks again !

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  47. It's cooking and I hope it's good. I put the red pepper flakes in the crock pot oops. I used regular sprite. I used the first amount of ingredients because I'm cooking 6-pieces of chicken. Will let you all know how it turns out later.:)

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