Slow Cooked Sweet And Sour Chicken

Photo Credit: Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

If the hankering for Chinese takeout strikes, try making this slow cooked sweet and sour chicken recipe instead. This sweet and sour chicken recipe is an easy take on the chicken dishes from your local Chinese joint and is much healthier as well because the chicken isn’t fried. For a one-pot recipe that involves minimal preparation, this easy chicken dish will be satisfying for the entire family and anyone else you serve it too. The sweet and sour sauce recipe is that star of this dish containing a mixture of fresh ginger, Chinese 5-spice, ketchup, and soy sauce. The best thing is that if you cook with these ingredients regularly already, you won’t have to buy much to complete this chicken recipe.

Crock pot recipes are the ideal cooking method for busy cooks because they don’t need your attention for several hours. Chicken isn’t always an ideal item to be cooking a crock-pot since chicken cooks very fast and can dry out quickly. In the case of this slow cooked chicken recipe, the cut of chicken used is chicken thighs, which can hold up to lengthier cook times than the white breast meat. The fact that the meat is being slowly braised in liquid over several hours also maintains its tenderness. Quick and easy chicken thigh recipes are a must in any household because they are so flavourful and do very well in long braises, like in this easy crock pot recipe. If you prefer to use chicken breast meat to thighs, that is a possibility. Just make sure to cut back the overall cooking time so you can retain the best quality of the chicken.

Nutrition Facts for: Slow Cooked Sweet And Sour Chicken from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken, pineapple fresh or canned, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, pineapple juice, ketchup, rice wine vinegar, granulated sugar, soy sauce tomato paste, honey, garlic, Chinese 5-Spice powder, minced ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, cornstarch.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving

Calories 448, Calories from Fat 116, Total Fat 12.9g 20%, Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%, Cholesterol 153mg 51%, Sodium 752mg 31%,, Potassium 769mg 22%, Carbohydrates 26.9g 9%, Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%, Sugars 23.5g, Protein 53.2g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 74%, Calcium 14%, Iron 16%

The excellence of this chicken recipe will get you thinking about using your crock-pot more often for new crock pot meal ideas. If you don’t have sweet bell peppers or pineapple on hand, you can add in the equal amount of whatever veggies you have in your crisper that need using up. Of course, not all vegetables cook in the same length of time, but Melissa, the developer of this chicken stir fry recipe gives you the option of cooking your vegetables on the stove rather than in the crockpot. Cooking on the stovetop lends you more control over the texture of the vegetables, so if you enjoy your veggies crisper, definitely use the stovetop method. This also grants you the option of cooking the vegetables in batches if you want to include ones that take longer to cook than others. Great crockpot recipes are not only easy and delicious dinner recipes; they are also excellent for bringing serving to a crowd at a potluck. Rather than bringing everyone’s beloved meatball recipe, switch it up with this chicken stir fry recipe instead. If you have a rice cooker with a warming setting, you can have a container of rice to serve alongside this sweet and tangy dish as well. Thanks, Melissa, the recipe developer at ‘Melissas Southern Style Kitchen’ recipe blog, for sharing her slow cooked sweet and sour chicken recipe with us.

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