Many of us have decided to embrace a gluten-free eating habit, and the reasons for that may vary from person to person. However, one thing usually remains consistent: The food must continue to taste divine! Another thing that many of us face is taking the time to make a delicious meal in our busy lives. This is where a gluten-free eating habit combines with a slow cooker to make an easy and tasty meal that is ready when you are.
Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipe: Sesame Honey Chicken
1 pound chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 teaspoons real honey (preferably local honey)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons tamari sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 sweet Vidalia onion, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (optional, but highly suggested)
1 – In a small to medium bowl, mix the honey, sesame oil, tamari sauce, tomato paste and vinegar into well combined. Pour the entire mixture into the slow cooker and be sure to coat the entire bottom.
2 – Add the diced jalepeno, minced garlic and diced sweet onion into the slow cooker. Mix them all up into the sauce mix thoroughly.
3 – In a separate small bowl, combine the cornstarch and hot water together, and stir until it completely dissolves and all clumps are gone. Add more hot water to the cornstarch, a half a teaspoon at a time, if necessary to continue to allow it to dissolve. Pour it into the slow cooker and stir it all to combine once again.
4 – Place your chicken breasts into the bottom of the slow cooker gently so that you don’t splash any of the sauce out of the container. Move them around the sauce in order to completely cover them with the mixture.
5 – Place the lid of the slow cooker on top, and cook the mixture for six hours on the low setting.
6 – After time is up, take two forks and shred the cooked chicken breasts completely while still in the slow cooker. Stir all the chicken pieces in the hot sauce to completely coat them. Replace the lid once again, and cook for another 30 minutes before serving.
Servings: 4 to 5
No matter what, resist the urge to lift the lid of the slow cooker before time is up. Doing so releases the much needed heat and steam that is required to cook your food, and it adds at least another 15 minutes to your cooking time. Stay patient, and allow the slow cooker to do its job without interference.
Serve this chicken dish with a choice of fresh and slightly steamed vegetables, such as broccoli florets, snow peas, green beans, and some water chestnuts for crunch and texture. Garnish with a little fresh chopped chives on top of a healthy smothering of the sauce used in the slow cooker.