Clean Crockpot Honey ChickenPosted by Kate O. on Sep 4, 2012 in clean eating, crockpot, recipes | 5 comments
My friend Melissa shared a pin with me for a Honey Chicken recipe in the crockpot that looked delicious, so I couldn’t wait to try it! For the most part I followed this recipe to a T but made it clean with the Clean Ketchup recipe from the Gracious Pantry. This gave me the perfect excuse to give my Kitchenaid standing mixer a go. Although this wasn’t that complicated of a recipe and I spent more time cleaning the mixer than actually using it! Also, next time I make this ketchup I think I’d make it with less honey; it’s pretty sweet.
Because chicken rarely comes in small amounts, I went ahead and doubled this recipe in the hopes that this Crockpot Honey Chicken is as good as it sounds!
3/4 pound chicken
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/8 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce (get the low sodium kind)
1/8 cup chopped onion (or 1/16 cup onion flakes)
1 tbs vegetable oil (I used EVOO)
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
First you season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, confession, I never actually measure salt and pepper when it’s used like this. Place the chicken in the crockpot and coat with the the honey sauce mixture; which is all the other ingredients.
Because I had the time, I cooked this on low for three hours. After the 2.5 hours I took the chicken out and cut it into cubes and put it back in the sauce for about 30 more minutes. I also added in some broccoli, onion and red bell pepper for added density to the dish and to get some vegetables in it. I mixed it all together in the crockpot so that everything was coated on all sides.
In the last 30 minutes the Crockpot Honey Chicken was cooking I would occasionally stir it so that all the vegetables and chicken were coated really well with the sauce.
Because I cooked it on the low setting, I think you could easily let it cook a little longer if you like the vegetables a little softer. The site where I got this recipe also has oven directions for this recipe if you aren’t crockpot obsessed like I am! I also opted to do prepare the chicken this way because I am hoping it will reheat better throughout the week.
The Crockpot Honey Chicken was a huge success. I’m so glad my friend shared this recipe with me! Because I doubled the recipe as soon as the chicken was ready I started dividing it into servings thinking it would make 4 but the portions seemed so big I divided it into 5 servings.
As best I can tell, the chicken without the vegetables, has roughly 360 calories per serving. The small amount of spice from the red pepper flakes was a great balance to the sweetness of the honey. I ate mine with one of those Minute Rice Individual serving cups of rice.
The Crockpot Honey Chicken is a quick and easy recipe I will most definitely be trying again! (I tried really hard to serve this so it looked perfect, not quite there, but pretty darn close!)