Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken


Easy slow cooker Sesame Chicken is a perfect Asian meal to make when you don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.  I simply threw in all the ingredients into my slow cooker and set it for a few hours to cook while I relaxed.  The only work done outside of the slow cooker is when you take out some of the sauce and thicken it with some cornstarch in a pan on the stove.   Then once the meal is cooked, you are ready to sit down and dive into a flavorful and delicious meal.

I love using my slow cooker, especially on weekends. I get all the ingredients in the slow cooker and then I walk out of the kitchen and spend some quality time with my family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.  

My kids and husband really enjoyed this sweet, spicy and tender chicken stir fry over a bed of rice.  Each piece of chicken was so full of all the Asian flavors we love.  So next time you want a stir fry... put away that wok and pull out the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

2 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken (breast or thigh meat)
1/3 cup soy sauce (adjust as desired for taste)
1-2 Tbs sambal oelek
2 Tbs grated fresh ginger
1 Tbs grated fresh garlic
2 Tbs hoisin sauce
1-2 Tbs brown sugar (adjust as desired to taste)
1 heaping Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs water
1/4 cup sesame seeds
green onions/scallions as desired
Cut chicken into large bite size pieces.  Place in slow cooker and add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sambal oelek, brown sugar, ginger and garlic.  

Cook on high for 3 hours.
Once the chicken is cooked there will be a lot of liquid in the cooker that comes from the chicken. Use a ladle to remove as much sauce from the slow cooker and place it in a pan and heat on high heat.  Mix cornstarch and water to make a slurry and add to heating sauce to thicken it.  Taste sauce and adjust soy sauce for salt or brown sugar if you prefer a sweeter sauce. 

Then add sesame seeds and stir into sauce.  Place thickened sesame sauce back into slow cooker.  Stir with chicken and cook for 30-40 minutes.  Serve over rice with sliced green onions.

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