Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Easy Slow Cooker Kimchee Chicken

Have you ever had kimchee? It's a spicy pickled Korean cabbage that looks like this and packs a whole lot of punch. You've probably seen it if you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant. Nic and I are big fans so when I saw a bottle of it at Whole Foods the other day I picked it up and added it to my pile of expensive impulse purchases and grapefruit (Texas Reds are IN SEASON AND FABULOUS btw!) Since then we've been picking at the kimchee jar and last night we even topped some asian seasoned turkey burgers with kimchee in lieu of pickles... brilliant!

I really wanted to try some new recipes this week but I knew it was going to be a busy one so after our turkey burger dinner last night I decided to use the leftover kimchee for a random slow cooker creation. This recipe didn't really have an inspiration source so I used some favorite flavors from the fridge and literally just dropped them in the slow cooker with the chicken... it was a total success!!! The best part of this meal is the ease: you just put everything in the slow cooker and then the work is done. The second best part is that it tastes soooo good! When the chicken was done I literally just poked it with my fork and it fell apart. The sauce came out sweet and a little salty and suprisingly not too spicy. You should definitely try this.

Spoon the sauce on top of the chicken when you serve it - it's the best part! I ate mine with some roasted brussel sprouts on the side and Nic had his with white rice. Try it out.

Slow Cooker Kimchee Chicken - Serves 2
-Skinless/boneless chicken for two people: I used one breast and 3 thighs since Nic likes dark meat and I like light.
-2/3 cup Kimchee (available at Whole Foods or any asian market or trendy grocery store)
-2 tablespoons and 1 tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
-1 tablespoon and 1 tsp honey
-2 1/2 tsps Sriracha Hot Sauce --- Find in Asian food aisle or with hot sauces
-2 tsps rice vinegar
-1/2 cup chicken broth

-Season Chicken with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker.
-Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and poor over chicken.
-Cook on Low for at least 6 hours. You can uncover for the last 2 to reduce the liquid slightly.

If you don't have a slow cooker you can make this in a large pan or dutch oven you just have to check on it so it's a bit more work!

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