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Another wild week has started and every day this week is crazier than the last. As much as I love to cook, some days I simply “can’t even.” Mondays are often like that – it’s my one day out of the commercial kitchen and not elbow-deep in pastries, but it’s my “office day” and the day I catch up on paperwork (code for “pay bills”, am I right?) and answer emails. This is also the only day I ask the kids to ride the bus home, so I can get as much work done as possible. Monday is almost always a slow-cooker day. My slowcooker is my real life bestie, especially on Mondays! Whatever your “can’t even” day is – this recipe is perfect for it! Let me know what you think.

Easy Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours on Low

Total Time 6 hours and 15 mins:

Serves 6-8

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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3  c chicken broth
  • 1 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c ketchup
  • 1/2 c Bourbon
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 T freshly grated ginger
  • 3 c cooked rice

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Instructions

  1. Place your chicken pieces in your crock pot
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients (minus the cornstarch and 2T water)
  3. Pour over chicken
  4. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low.
  5. Serve over Rice of choice  and add sauce over Chicken!  

Chef Jocelyn’s Notes: 

The sauce this dish produces on it’s own is delicious but kind of thin. If you want a thick glossy sauce to coat the chicken, you can follow these additional, optional steps: When chicken is about done in the slowcooker, mix together 2T cornstarch and 2T water, until it forms a slurry, and set it aside. Next grab a saucepan and place on stove turn to Med-Hi heat.  Add in ½ of the sauce from the crockpot into the sauce pan, let it heat through about 5 mins, then you are going to stir in slowly the cornstarch/water mix.  You are going to continually stir until you feel it start to thicken then turn the heat down and let simmer.  You will know when it’s done when it will coat the back of spoon. Turn off and pour that back into the slow cooker and stir it all up! There ya go!  (This step will work with ANY slowcooker dish you think needs a little thickening up! Guess what? You just made gravy!) 

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