Crock-Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

I love spending time in the kitchen; chopping, stirring, dancing, and sampling with my little taste tester. However, there are some days where there is just not enough time to spend hours preparing dinner. Between writing midterms, and going to Parent & Tot gymnastics (which is really more of a workout for parents, lifting the little ones as they do pull-ups on the bars and balance on the beams) where is the time to make dinner? I’ll just let the cook take care of that. Her name? Mrs. Crock-pot.

All you have to do to make a delicious meal is literally dump the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do its thing. Seriously. It’s pretty hard to mess that up.

This week, I decided to test out my own version of Honey Garlic Chicken. Only 6 ingredients. Chop, mix, pour, cook. Seems simple enough.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this scrumptious din-din:

  • 1 package frozen chicken legs (I used a package of 4. You can also use chicken breasts. If you are using chicken that has already been thawed, just adjust your cooking time by about 2 hours less.)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes (You can omit, or add more depending on how much heat you can handle!)

The most work you’ll be doing with this recipe is simply mincing the garlic. I LOVE garlic, but hate the smell it leaves on my hands after I chopped some up! (Thank goodness I did not have to shake anyone’s hand that day.)

After your garlic is ready, mix all your ingredients in a bowl. It should look something like this:

Place your frozen chicken in the pot and pour your sauce over it. Set the crock-pot to high for about 4-6 hours (depending on how hot your crock pot gets). If you are cooking with thawed chicken, I’d try 3-4 hours. My chicken was fully cooked and falling right off the bone at about 4 ½ hours. That’s it. Go about your day, walk your dog, have your coffee date, go to your presentation on how to use less plastic, and come home to the delicious scent of honey garlic wafting through the house as you get home. I whipped up some steamed broccoli and a quick ancient grain mix as sides, and voila! Dinner is served. Hope you all enjoy this!

I like to do an overall nutritional information summary with all my recipes to get a general idea of how much each serving is worth.

(I calculated these according to the brands that I used, so this may vary depending on your ingredients.)

I used one chicken leg as one serving. I probably also over calculated the amounts because there was plenty of sauce left over that was not absorbed by the chicken. These numbers are just a general figure.

Nutritional Information:

Per one serving (one chicken leg)

354 Calories

8g Fat

28.35g Protein

45g Carbohydrates

If you have any questions or tips on how you might tweak this recipe, let me know either in the comments or by emailing me at rianna.merie@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

-Rianna

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