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A Crockpot Kind of Day January 30, 2013

Filed under: Chicken,Clean Eating,Crock Pot — Luv What You Do @ 8:58 pm
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Isn’t every day a crockpot kind of day?

 

I know today is!  Even though I made this for Sunday night dinner, tonight is just as wet and icy.  Which is crazy considering yesterday was 60 degrees and I was running outside before work.  I said to the BOY that I don’t know of anyone else who uses their crockpot as often as we do.  We had a cold and lazy weekend, so when I woke up Sunday morning, I immediately went searching through my cookbooks before heading out to the grocery store.  With an ice storm heading our way, there was a chance that we’d be spending all day indoors (which is exactly what happened).  For lunch, I made the most amazing Lentil Chili.  Then after the Indiana game, the BOY helped me throw dinner into the crockpot.

 

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He chopped up the onion, red pepper, and chicken, and I told him he would definitely get props when I posted this recipe on the BLOG.

 

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I pulled out the food processor to make homemade peanut butter and then used it to make the peanut sauce.

 

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This recipe is perfect for two people because we were quickly able to get chicken and veggies in the crockpot and this sauce pureed in the food processor.

 

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I include this second picture just so you can see how liquidy the peanut sauce is.  This worried me a bit, but everything thickened up in the crockpot.

 

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The other benefit of having a friend in the kitchen (besides the fact that I like hanging out with the BOY) is that they can take some action shots!

 

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So I should preface this by telling you that although I truly enjoy peanut butter, I’ve never been a huge fan of peanut flavored chicken when eating out.

 

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However, this dish is UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE!

 

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The light peanut taste blends beautifully with the strong Asian flavors and hint of a kick!

 

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And if possible, I found this even better leftover for lunch!  The flavors were stronger, and I ate slowly savoring each and every bite.  Based on the BOY’s reaction, I definitely see this recipe getting moved into our monthly rotation, and I have been sharing the recipe with everyone I know.  As a confused mother nature continues to throw thunderstorms, hail, snow, and ice our way, there is no better appliance than your slow cooker to create healthy comfort food! 

Let me know what you’ve been making to stay warm this winter and Stay Safe!

 

 

Clean Peanutty Thai Chicken

Form The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I recommend homemade)

1/2 cup chicken broth (or homemade stock)

1/4 cup low-sodium tamari sauce

juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, minced

1-inch chunk peeled fresh ginger

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes  *can adjust or omit to change the heat of the dish!

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, chopped

 

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the peanut butter, broth, tamari, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, ginger, honey, and red pepper flakes. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, and set aside.

Combine the onion, bell pepper, and chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce evenly over all.  Stir gently to coat.  Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours until the chicken is cooked through but still juicy.  Don’t overcook! 

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24 Responses to “A Crockpot Kind of Day”

  1. Such a creative recipe! I always bookmark your posts haha!

  2. LOVE that you use your crockpot lots! I need to be more like you! A friend of my family’s just made meals to last her family 2 weeks! She’s put each meal in the freezer, inside of a large Ziploc bag. All she needs to do is take a bag out from the freezer each day and throw it in the crockpot!

    • One day I hope to be that prepared…ha ha! The crockpot is so perfect for big batch meals. I always make extra soup and chili to freeze. When I don’t have time to make dinner during the week, I am thrilled to have premade food : )

  3. Mmm sounds great! I love peanut flavoured dishes!

  4. Looks incredible! I love peanutty, asian dishes–I’ve made something similar using peanut flour to make the sauce. But having a crockpot recipe is always welcome with how crazy work is right now. So easy to set it and have dinner ready when I get home. :)

    • Ahh! Work is way too crazy. I am digging my crockpot even more and can’t wait to decide what to make this upcoming weekend. I have never used peanut flour before, but I am getting into almond flour for sure.

  5. This looks good! I want to try and make homemade peanut butter too. Your’s looks so creamy!

  6. I love peanut sauce but I’ve never made it before. Looks great!!

  7. Gotta love the Midwest weather!! :)

    • Yup…and we’ve got snow coming tonight! I had a three year old walk in to work today and say…what is going on with this weather? It’s ridiculous! So funny! I had to laugh : ) Have a great weekend!

  8. This looks fabulous and I don’t even eat chicken. Glad to see the Boy helping you in the kitchen. Having a prep chef makes everything easier.

  9. Ps we went from 60 degrees to a winter storm weather. I think Chicago sent it to us. :)

  10. [...] And you’ll definitely notice a theme here with my last few posts.  Lentil Chili, Crockpot Peanut Butter Chicken, and bread…they are all comfort foods perfect for a lazy weekend at home, which is exactly what [...]

  11. erin Says:

    Mmmm… so making this this week! Yum!

    Isn’t this weather crazy?! We’ve had more days in the negative digits than in years! Hurry up, spring!

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