If you’ve been following my posts, chances are you’ve noticed my obsession with my crock pot (I may also have freely admitted to this once or twice, no inference needed!).  Well, it’s time to combine one obsession with another–Pinterest.  Where was Pinterest when I needed it all these years?  Planning my sister’s baby shower?  Decorating my house?  Planning my wedding??  The resources are endless, much like the time spent scrolling through friends’ boards and pins.  And it appears to be a great resource for finding recipes.

By looking through my friends’ boards, it’s clear I’m not the first to discover this phenomenon of pinning recipes.  But, as I find in my job (I test recipes for a living, among other things), there are a LOT of bad recipes out there.  There are also a lot of good ones, and unfortunately you may have to eat a lot of mediocre dinners before finding some amazing ones.  Finding recipes through Pinterest is no different, but the reward of sharing an amazing recipe find beats having to experiment with the bad ones every once in a while.

I had this experience last week, having found (and subsequently pinned) three new recipes to try.  One, Soy-Ginger Salmon, turned out to be a great marinade for fish (or, for my hubby, on chicken).  I’ve already promised to make this for my sister one night for dinner!  Another, crock pot meatballs, was decidedly less successful.  I found this recipe after having a craving for something along the lines of Swedish meatballs.  A friend of ours had made something similar for a party recently, so I figured I’d try this version I found.  I should have known by the amount of chili sauce that went into it that I wouldn’t like the outcome.  It was too spicy even for my husband, and that’s saying a lot.  He was able to finish his plate; I, on the other hand, took one bite and, my taste buds numbed by the spice, abandoned my plate for an unsatisfying but much milder turkey sandwich.  But, perhaps my disappointment in this meal was magnified by the successful dinner from the  night before…

…Crock Pot Honey Chicken!

I can’t say enough good things about this recipe.  It smelled amazing while cooking, and tasted even better.  I was slightly worried by how much honey the recipe called for, but the sweetness was counteracted by the salty soy sauce, tangy ketchup, and heat from the red pepper flakes.  I got a high five for this meal–yes, it was that good!

My suggestions?  I used chicken drumsticks but really I think any cut of chicken would work.  The sauce was a snap to throw together, and it doesn’t take long to cook–either 3 hours on low or 1 1/2 hours on high.  I ended up putting everything together when I got home from work, and was able to relax a bit before dinner while the crock pot worked its magic.  This recipe also gives instructions for making it a 30 minute meal, and I think it would be successful prepared this way as well.  I do recommend an extra step of ladling some sauce out of the crock pot and into a saucepan, and thickening it with a couple of tablespoons of corn starch.  You’ll get a nice, sticky sauce that would actually work perfectly for some Super Bowl chicken wings.  We paired the chicken with parmesan cous cous and my favorite–sauteed green beans and mushrooms.  My husband and I were both members of the clean plate club that night!  Here is what our feast looked like:

 

You can find the original recipe here, or through my “What’s for Dinner?” board on Pinterest (follow me! @genagolas.  I pin recipes I want to try, and will review them after I make them), or below:

Crock Pot Honey Chicken
3/4 pound chicken (of your choice)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup chopped onion (or 1/16 cup onion flakes)
1/8 cup ketchup
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3 hours or on high 1 1/2 hours. Chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve over rice or noodles.
To bake chicken as a 30 minute meal:
Dice chicken and season both sides with salt and pepper, place in 8×8 pan. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
Serves 2.
Recipe from: Crock Pot Recipe Card Collection

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