Monday, March 31, 2014

Slow Cooker Honey Blackberry Chicken

Good morning and happy Spring!  Isn't it just glorious outside?  Does this weather make you want to spend less or more time in the kitchen?  If I were to guess, I would say less time in the kitchen, more time outside.  Allow me to help you with that. 
You probably already know that I am a HUGE fan of the slow cooker.  I use it year round and especially love it when I would rather be doing other things than sweating in the kitchen.  (Side note:  I get so hot when I cook. I've been known to turn the air down to about 60 degrees when putting a meal together.  While I'm pretty sure that's not one bit energy efficient, it sure does make this girl a whole lot more fun to be around).
Anyway, all this week we are going to be using our slow cookers even for two fabulous (and could I mention that one has Heavenly Chocolate in the title) dessert recipes.  You are going to thank me. 
I've made this chicken recipe a few times and every single time, I love it a little more.  I'm not sure if you're familiar with hoisin sauce but it is an Asian barbeque-type sauce and can be found with other Asian products.  The combination of the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam and hoisin sauce is simply divine. 

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup honey
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup blackberry jam
¼ cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch

1. Arrange chicken breasts in the slow cooker so that they aren’t overlapping.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours until chicken is fully cooked.
3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker.
4. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water. Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker to the saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high heat. Bring the sauce to a boil and cooked until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken when serving.

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