Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken platingsandpairings.comOn the never ending quest for more and more slow cooker recipes, I came across this one for Honey Garlic Chicken, and I must tell you it was simply amazing! At first I was a bit skeptical of one of the ingredients. Ummm… Blackberry jam…? It reminded me of an appetizer that my mom used to make in the crockpot using grape jelly, cocktail sauce and cocktail wieners (I did like those ‘lil guys as a kid… but…). The blackberry jam just adds an element of richness to the honey garlic chicken. It doesn’t make things overly sweet like you may think.

I just love using the slow cooker on weeknights. It’s like a *bonus* when you come home from work and realize that you have all this extra time to watch the Kardashians catch up on other things. Plus, when you walk through the door and are greeted by the aromas of this sweet and spicy chicken, you’ll thank me. The chicken is cooked in a sauce of tamari, honey, aforementioned blackberry jam, oyster sauce, and, of course, garlic. Once fully cooked, the meat is shredded, the sauce thickened, and then it’s all tossed together again, coating every little bit with that delicious sauce.

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I’m looking for all the extra time I can get right now. Last weekend I attended a blogging conference, IndulgePDX, and have been scrambling ever since to get back on track with my recipe planning and grocery shopping. It was such a great conference though you guys. I learned more than I could have ever imagined. But, the best part was making connections with fellow food bloggers. They all have such amazing blogs, and most of them are quite a bit more established than myself, so they had plenty of helpful advice for me.

On our final day of the conference, we were treated to an amazing trip to the Willamette Valley (just out my backdoor). We were led on a tour of a local farm, Our Table Cooperative. We got to taste blooms from the mustard plant (that taste just faintly of mustard), fresh blueberries still on the plants, and we even snuck a jar of honey from their bees to take along to our next stop on the tour. Our Table Cooperative’s on-site grocery offers a curated selection of foods and products, including dairy, produce, meat, health and wellness, dry goods, and prepared meals. There’s also a bulk section, an amazing array of wines (my personal favorite) and a growler station pouring beer and kombucha.

Our Table Cooperative

After the farm tour, we were “indulged” in a hands on cooking class at The Kitchen at Middleground Farms – OMG, this place, like amazing. The kitchen of my dreams. Housed in a barn with concrete floors, a huge island, and commercial cooking equipment. The barn doors open fully to the outdoors letting in all of the fresh air and beautiful sunlight. There’s also chickens on site as well as goats, for producing cheese and milk. Plus, we were greeted with a tray of Pinot Gris and Albarino (WOOT WOOT). We made such a yummy dish of crostini topped with strawberries and a red wine caramel over whipped goat cheese. Like really, we made that! Maybe the best thing I’ve ever eaten!!! Umm… And ALSO, we made butter – Like for reals. And… We topped it with Jacobsen Sea Salt and spread it on a baguette and topped it with fresh radishes and… and… and… It was SO good! If you’re in the area, I highly suggest checking out their schedule of classes and visiting this place.

The Kitchen

To top it all off, we ended our stay with a truly decadent lunch at The Allison Inn & Spa, prepared by their on-site restaurant JORY. The presentation was over the top and we were entirely spoiled with three courses and wine pairings. The Inn is in such a serene location surrounded by grape vines and sloping green hills everywhere you look. Plus, their 15,000 square foot spa features 12 individual treatment rooms, a swimming pool, whirlpool and sun terrace. If you’re looking for a location that is near dozens of amazing wineries and feels like a true escape, this is the spot for you! PS – If you’re looking to learn more about traveling to Oregon, check out Travel Oregon – They’ve got tons of great resources for visiting this great state.

Allison

And… we’re back to food talk. No more daydreaming about goats, and chickens, and wine and spas. Put this recipe on your list of things to make this week. I promise, you won’t regret it!

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Erin @ Platings & Pairings - Adapted from Kelly @ Just a Taste
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs . boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp . olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 tsp . crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp . cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp . water
  • Sliced scallions for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer in the slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, tamari, blackberry jam, oyster sauce, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper flakes. Pour this mixture over the chicken thighs. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquids) and place it on a plate. Using two forks, shred the chicken.
  4. In a small mason jar or tupperware, combine the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water. Shake well until fully combined.
  5. Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Serve topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.

 

WINE PAIRINGS:

  • Chardonnay works well with this dish. Look for one with low oak and a good acidity.
  • Riesling and Viognier are also great matches for the slightly spicy, yet sweet flavors of the dish. Look for one with low alcohol, below 14.5%.

ERIN’S TIPS:

  • You can also use chicken breasts for this dish. However, its best to use bone in, as skinless breasts tend to dry out more easily.
  • I like to serve this dish with some steamed rice and this Hawaiian Slaw.

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13 comments

  1. Lorena

    I’ve been thinking about getting a slow-cooker forever but after seeing this recipe I wish Canadian Tire was open 24 hours and I could run right now. WOW!! The meat looks suuuper juicy. I love slow-cooked meat I just don’t like having to babysit my oven/stove for hours and hours. I just HAVE to get a slow-cooker an make this!

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    1. Erin

      Lorena – The slow cooker is my best friend! I’m always trying to come up with more recipes for it. I recently just purchased this slow cooker and have been so happy with it! It’s got a timer and a thermometer, making the babysitting even less necessary!

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  2. Bonnie

    Slow cookers are so good and this recipe just might make it on my list. AND for real I wish I had come on that tour! The buttered bread with radishes sounds amazing. I recently got introduced to radishes with butter and salt and LOVE them.

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  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    The slow cooker is MY best friend too! And I think we are going to be even friendlier after I make some honey garlic chicken in it – looks so so good!

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    1. Erin

      Kate – Isn’t it nice to come home and have dinner just about ready to go?! Love it!!!

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  4. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food

    Yum! My husband is a chicken junkie so I’m always looking for ways to spice it up…this looks great!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks! Let me know how it turns out! I hope he loves it!!!

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  5. michael nichols

    Hmm…so the chicken is done after 4-5 hours and I am at my office 20 miles away. I think this is a recipe best for weekends or those who work from home. Not for a urban commuter.

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    1. Erin

      Hi Michael – I’m actually an urban commuter myself. Because we’re using chicken thighs (rather than breasts) the meat is more forgiving and tends to not dry out too much. I have cooked this for as long as 9 hours on low and it has come out OK. Alternatively, you can use a slow cooker with a timer. Hope this helps!

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  6. heather @french press

    I absolutely love my slow cooker, not sure what I would do without it, but I know for sure what i plan to do with it today…good thing I have chicken sitting in my fridge waiting to be used

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    1. Erin

      Sounds like fate Heather! I hope you love this!

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  7. Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    I could NOT live without my slow cooker (although I call mine a crock pot–a brand, I know, but oh well!). I thought mine had died recently and I thought I was going to have a panic attack! LOL I need help, I think. Ha ha. But seriously, it is my most-used kitchen appliance/tool. And this recipe needs to be in that thing NOW! :o)

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    1. Erin

      🙂 Doesn’t the crockpot (or slow cooker) make things SO much easier! I wish every meal could be made in one!

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