Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Paleo Teriyaki Chicken {Crock Pot Recipe}

I am a SUCKER for a good crockpot recipe.  Throw everything in a pan, turn it on, go to work, and come home to a hot meal...?  Yes Please!  What makes it even better is if you use a crockpot bag.  Throw everything in a bag, tie it in a knot, and put it in the crockpot.  When you are done, you pull the bag out, open it up, pour it into a bowl, and throw the bag out!  The crockpot will be left with a little moisture In it that you can just wipe out!  Voila! 

You could probably turn this into a crock pot freezer meal easy enough.  Throw everything into a Ziplock bag and freeze it for later!  Which is a great idea if you are giving freezer meals to a new mom or someone who just had surgery!

Ok, here we go...

You will need:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic,
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut aminos (or soy sauce if you aren't paleo, or tamari if you are just avoiding gluten and not soy!)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 T. chopped fresh ginger
1/8 tsp black pepper
To Thicken:
1/4 cup cold water
3 TBLS Arrow Root powder (or cornstarch if you can have corn!)

Place chicken in the bottom of you crock put in a single layer.
Mix together the remaining ingredients, except the water & Arrow Root Powder.
Pour mixture over the chicken & Cook on High for 4 hours.  (I actually did mine for 5, and my chicken was over cooked.  If you have made this into a freezer meal, and it is frozen still, I would cook on low for 8-10 hours!) Or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.  Overcooked chicken is not so good...

When the chicken is done, remove the chicken, leaving all the "juices" in the crockpot.  Shred the chicken with a fork. 

Pour the "juices" into a medium sauce pan. 
In a separate bowl, measure out your arrowroot powder.  Slowly mix in 1/4 cup cold water, whisking as you pour.
Turn heat to medium high and bring liquid to a simmer.  Slowly pour in arrow root mixture, whisking as your pour (you don't want lumpy sauce!).  Continue to simmer until your teriyaki sauce thickens.

Side note:  I own this wonderful thing called an instapot.  It is a crockpot, pressure cooker, rice cooker, soup cooker, "sauter", yogurt maker, and more, all in one.  It's great.  So I took out my chicken, then poured the liquid out of the bag right into my pot, and turned it on "sauté" to bring it to a simmer.  So for me, this was a 1 pot dinner!  Clean up was still a breeze!

When sauce has thickened, pour over shredded chicken & mix together.  Serve with lettuce wraps!  Or, if you are one of those people that eats rice, this would be GREAT over rice.

Optional:  I added some red pepper flakes to my teriyaki sauce to give it a little kick! 

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