Every year it never fails, it’s funny really. I can not wait to decorate the house for Christmas, and when New Years is over with and I am busy putting away all the decorations I always say “I am NOT decorating next year! This is nuts.” But, it would be safe for you to bet $10 that I will decorate my house for Christmas next year!
Hope everyone rang in the New Year with a bang! A friend and I went for a fancy hamburger and hot dog dinner at a local joint. It was a sight to see…2 girls dressed in sparkles and heels, scarfing down hot dogs like it was 1999…and a brownie, and a turnover, and some french fries. While everyone else was probably eating out at a fine-dining restaurant or at home with a pot-luck, my Weight Watcher’s booty was more than thrilled with our dinner spread!
After dinner we spent the rest of the night drinking mimosas, a jack & coke (yep, just 1) and hanging out at a bar downtown. To our surprise, Raleigh now has a ferris wheel downtown. When we first drove up and saw all the main streets were blocked off, we were annoyed. But when we saw it was because of a ferris wheel, oh man! It was pretty cool though. Except when their fancy lights pattern flickered a certain way, it looked like a giant boob!
What is your opinion on cooking with crock pots? Love’m or hate’m? I love’m! Nate always complains about the texture of the food that is cooked in a crock pot and all I say back to that is, the point of a crock pot is convenience and flavor. So I am always trying new crock pot recipes to try and convert him over. Not sure if this one did it, but I didn’t hear one complaint, so I am considering this a success!
I found this recipe on pinterest and followed it mostly with a few changes to the proportions and directions. The sauce it self is to die for…it’s teriyaki for crying out loud. The sweet and saltiness combined makes a near perfect sauce. And the hint of ginger gives off a fresh aroma that can’t be ignored. And of course, because it is prepared in a crock pot, this recipe is so simple. The hardest part is cooking the rice! Hope you enjoy and convert other crock-pot-critics!
WW Points Per Serving: 11
3 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
6 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic (I used garlic powder)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 teaspoons cornstarch
5 teaspoons cold water
Hot cooked long grain rice
Place chicken in a 4 qt. slow cooker.
In a medium size bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper (out of habit, I added some salt because I forgot the soy sauce had been added. I had to throw out the whole bowl and start over!). Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is tender (mine may have been ready well before 4 hours, so it really depends on your pot!).
Remove the chicken to a plate, let cool for a few minutes, then cut the chicken into bite-sized chunks.
Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
In a separate small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into liquid and stir until sauce is thickend.
Add the chicken to the sauce and stir to combine.
Serve over rice.