Friday, September 16, 2011

Sweet & Sour Chicken (Crock Pot)

I love Sweet & Sour Chicken, and I love my crock-pot... put the two together and it's love at first slow cooker!  I loved this dish.  The cooking time says 7-9 hours, but mine was ready in less than 7 (cooked on low).  I served mine with white rice and chow mein noodles for a crunch, plus I found some cute fortune cookies at the store to put with this dinner.  The kids loved having the fortune cookies.  Here's how to make this awesome, easy meal:

Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks in juice ($1.38)
  • 1 cup baby carrots, cut in half ($0.75)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) ($0.40)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped ($0.06)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped gingerroot ($0.15)
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces ($3.98)
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce ($1.44)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (0.30)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces ($1.69)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces ($0.79)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch ($0.64)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Hot cooked rice or chow mein noodles, if desired
  • Total Cost to Make $11.58 not including rice, makes 8 servings.

First, drain the pineapple, reserving the juice.  Place pineapple chunks in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate.  Chop the onion, slice carrots in half, and chop, grate, or mince your garlic and gingerroot.  I use a cheese grater for these.
Add the onion, carrots, garlic and gingerroot to the crock pot.
Chop chicken into 2-inch pieces, I tried to remove as much fat as possible.
Then add the chicken to the crock-pot, over the veggies.
In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and brown sugar...
...and pour in the reserved pineapple juice.
Pour the sauce mixture into the crock pot.  Cover and cook on low heat for 7-9 hours or until juice of chicken is no longer pink.
During the last 30 minutes, add pineapple and bell peppers.  Increase to high heat.  Mix cornstarch and water and stir into the crock-pot the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Serve over cooked rice or with chow mein noodles, or both!  Enjoy :)

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