Thursday, April 17, 2014

Asian Chicken

Right now, our family is in the midst of a very busy season. Honestly, I think the stretch between Spring Break and the last day of school is almost busier than Christmastime, and nearly as expensive for us! Our three girls are involved in the performing arts in one way or another, and this is the time of all the year-end performances. There are also some year-end events at school, Easter, Hannah and Rachel's birthdays, Hannah's Gotcha Day, and Al's and my anniversary. And this year, we have a Kindergarten and and eighth grade graduation. Not to mention the fact that we're entering a new season (finally, Spring!) and everyone needs new clothes and shoes and appropriate special-occasion outfits!

And I haven't even included doctor, dentist, ophthalmologist, orthodontist, haircut, vet and grooming appointments yet...

In the midst of trying to get everyone where they need to be at the time they need to be there and dressed appropriately, we still have to eat! I've spent some time perusing Pinterest to see if there are any new ideas (particularly for the crock pot), I've done a little freezer cooking, and a bit too much last-minute takeout. And always the question: Will they all like it?

This is one recipe I come back to again and again. Ridiculously easy, really yummy, and there is a collective cheer when this is seen on the week's menu plan...

Asian Chicken

Chicken (Use what you like, frozen or fresh, bone-in or boneless, breasts, thighs, leg quarters. I use a bag of frozen thighs - they turn out nice and moist.)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbs minced garlic

Dump the chicken in your crock pot. Mix the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the chicken. Cook. That's it.
(If you don't happen to have sesame oil in your pantry, you can make this without it, but it does add a nice flavor. A small bottle is pretty cheap at Woodman's and lasts a long time.)

I serve this with brown rice (drizzle some of the chicken sauce over the rice!) and a veggie or salad. Super-quick, super-easy, super-tasty. You're welcome.

(I'm sorry I don't have a lovely photo to accompany this recipe. It's all I can do to get dinner on the table. Please don't ask me to stage and photograph it, too...)

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