Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Background and History:

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs combine sweet and savory flavors in a convenient slow-cooked dish. Honey and garlic have been used together in cooking for centuries, creating a delightful balance of tastes. The slow cooker makes it even easier to enjoy this delectable pairing, as it tenderizes the chicken thighs and infuses them with the irresistible combination of honey and garlic.

Serves: 4-6

Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 4-6 hours (slow cooker)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional, for thickening)
  • Sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish

Instruction:

  • In a bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes.
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the honey-garlic sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is tender.
  • If you’d like to thicken the sauce, create a slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with water and add it to the slow cooker. Stir and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve the chicken thighs over rice, drizzled with the sauce, and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 300-400 per serving
  • Protein: Around 30-35g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25g
  • Fat: About 5-10g

Notes:

  • Adjust the red pepper flakes to your preferred level of spiciness.
  • You can substitute chicken thighs with chicken breasts for a leaner option.
  • This dish pairs perfectly with steamed rice or your favorite side dishes.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of potential allergens in the ingredients used, and consider specific dietary requirements.

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs are a delightful balance of sweet and savory flavors. This convenient slow-cooker dish offers a succulent, tender chicken paired with the timeless combination of honey and garlic, making it a favorite for weeknight dinners and special occasions alike.

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