Tuesday, October 15, 2013

At Home: Crock-Pot Chicken & Broccoli

Whenever we go to visit Keith's parents in Long Island, we always order Chinese take out one of the nights we are there.  Maybe it's a New York thing, but their Chinese food just tastes better than what we find here in DC.  A favorite go-to Chinese dish that we get is Chicken & Broccoli.  I love the mild and sweet brown sauce with the big chunks of solid chicken meat.   I made a lazy version called Crock-Pot Chicken & Broccoli as my next feature on What Micky Eats...At Home to go along with the Shrimp Fried Rice I made during my time home due to #shutdown.  Check it out below.

Crock-Pot Chicken & Broccoli
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teasp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch (or 4 Tbsp flour)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets

- Place chicken in the crock-pot.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper, and garlic.
- Pour over the chicken.
- Turn crock-pot on low and cook for 3 hours.
- When done, remove chicken from pot and cut into chunks.
- Prior to putting the chicken back in the crock-pot, whisk the cornstarch into the sauce to thicken it up a bit.
- Add the chicken back in with the broccoli and stir around to recoat in the sauce.
- Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes.
- Serve hot over a bed of rice.


If you want to tame the spice, you can omit the red pepper flakes from the main sauce and just serve Sriracha on the side for those to spice up their own servings.  But really the quarter teaspoon is so little that it just added a hint of spicy dimension to the sweet base.  This Chicken & Broccoli dish was simple to make and frankly, any reason I have to use the Crock-Pot is fine by me.  I tend to worry less about the whole cooking process and let go of control to this amazing little kitchen appliance. Haha.

6 comments:

  1. I am definitely trying this recipe. I LOVE crockpot meals and now that Danny has sports in the evening, its great to come home to the meal done and ready!

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    1. Yes - super easy. You can try it with beef too.

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  2. I tried this for the first time and WOW. Very good and simple to make.

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  3. i found the recipe last night and i am making it today. i love using the crock pot for easy meals and this one i have been looking for a recipe like this. i will keep you posted on how we liked it. thanks for the recipe:)

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  4. Hello!!! Can this be doubled? Thanks!

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