Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Slow Cooker: Crockpot Applesauce Chicken

When I saw this recipe I had to try it.  My kids LOVE applesauce.  And it's made in the slow cooker?!  Even better.   The recipe calls for chicken breast halves or thighs.  I ended up using chicken quarters that I had in the freezer.  I think because they were frozen in a block when I put them in, there was extra liquid, which made the sauce very runny.  The kids ate it but I thought it tasted kind of bland.

Crockpot Applesauce Chicken
from blog:

--4 frozen chicken breast halves or thighs (I used 2 of each)
--1 1/2 cups of applesauce
--1 T dried onion flakes, or 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
--1 T apple cider vinegar
--1/4 tsp cinnamon
--1/2 tsp black pepper
--2 cloves garlic, minced
--1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, I used them, and added more to the adult servings)

A 3 or 4 quart crockpot is the best size for this, but I did use a 6 quart. If your pot cooks fast, err on the lower end of cooking time.

I decided to up the applesauce a bit from Amiyrah's original recipe and omitted the water. I live life on the edge.

Put the frozen chicken pieces into your crockpot. Add the onion (if you are using the dried onion, wait and add it to the applesauce). In a bowl, mix the applesauce, vinegar, garlic, and spices together. Pour on top of the chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, or on high for 3-4.

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.  The kids ate it.  I wasn't that big of a fan.

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