I spent a large part of my day today making tutus. What time was left was spent taking care of kids, one sick with double ear infections, cleaning and answering fan mail. Ok fine, I made the fan mail part up. By “answering fan mail” I really meant doing laundry.
My life is so glamorous. I did shower today though. Not until after dinner but all the same. I showered. It’s the small victories people.
There was too much tulle on my kitchen counter to think about cooking. So, I whipped up a batch of Brown Sugar Chicken in the crock pot. Again. Luckily, my family LOVES it so there were little to no complaints.
Seriously, you must make this meal. Double the recipe and take a friend dinner. Or eat leftovers for three days.
SuperHub gets a little giddy in his hitch when he hits the kitchen doorway and smells the sweet and tangy sauce simmering away. Sam screams for more. Cooper obsesses over the fact that “we are eating DEAD CHICKENS” and Maddy nom nom noms loudly while telling everyone they are beautiful.
At least they are all eating.
Brown Sugar Chicken
3 to 4 Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda (I always add more)
2/3 cup vinegar (White, Apple cider or red wine, I have used them all)
3 Cloves chopped garlic
2- 3 T Soy sauce (I like more but start with less and work your way up)
1 tsp ground black pepper
Put the chicken into your crock-pot. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, pepper, garlic and soy sauce. Add the vinegar, then pour in the soda.
Cover and cook on low for 6 or so hours, or on high for 4 hours. Be careful, it cooks fast. If the liquid evaporates quickly, add more soda. When the chicken is cooked through, shred with a fork and leave to soak up the juices.
Serve over a bowl of white rice with a ladle full of the broth. The broth makes the rice the best part. I serve with a side of mixed veggies and call it good. Bonus! Crock pot meals mean easy dish night.
Recipe credit: Last year I found A Year of Slow Cooking by Stephanie. I was instantly smitten and totally in love with the food. Most of the recipes I have made from her blog, have become my “go to” recipes. She wrote a book chronicling her year. If you need a Christmas gift, it would be great for the busy parent, cook or picky in law on your list.