March 10, 2015

Orange Sesame Crock Pot Chicken

Tuesday is my favorite week night. It is my night to come home to a meal in the crock pot, put on my sweats, and do nothing but watch Gilmore Girls all night. Not always Gilmore Girls, and not always watching TV, sometimes (most of the time) I read. Tuesdays are so indulgent to me because I am busy every single night of the week except Tuesday and any other free nights are spent with someone else. Tuesday is my night to be alone, be gross, be lazy, be me in my natural state! My latest Tuesday night crock pot meal was made from the Against All Grain cookbook (it's an alright cookbook, leans a little heavy on meat consumption though which is hard for me because I don't partake in meat regularly). This dish was pretty good and hit the spot as far as craving bad-for-you-but-not Chinese food. It was salty enough to make it feel indulgent.

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup coconut aminos or Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Garnish- sesame seeds

**I like my nose to be running off my face when I eat, so I added quite a few shakes of crushed red pepper**

Place your chicken in the crock pot. Don't do what I did - I cubed it, don't do that. Cutting it up is a bad idea. Also, don't use chicken breasts like I did. I mixed it between chicken breasts and chicken thighs because I needed to use some chicken breasts from my fridge. (This was my first meal where I was officially eating chicken again... I think I'm going to give it up again) Anyways, so don't cube it and don't use chicken breasts because it gets too dry. If you don't have to leave it in the crock pot for 9,876 hours like I do while I work then you probably won't have a problem but 10 hours is too long for it. Use the darker thighs.

Mix all of your other ingredients except the sesame seeds in a bowl

Coat the chicken with the mixture in the crock pot.

I had no liquid aminos at the time to use for this recipe so I had to use what my shit-hole grocery store had to offer. This is what I got. This soy sauce is made of: WATER, SOYBEANS, RICE, SALT

Looks like poop, not so appetizing. I cooked mine on low for 10 hours. I know that is a long time but when you work full time some times you have to cook your chick on low for 10 hours.

I served this over a bed of cauliflower "rice" which was really delicious. I'm not a follower of "Paleo" eating; however, I do find a lot of recipes that are coming out of that eating lifestyle and I'm glad that it is trendy now to find alternatives to processed shit. I'm not a fan of processed shit or additives to my food.

I did the math for the calorie count on this, it was around 1900 for the entire crock pot full of chicken. It made 4 very hearty servings, so about 475 per serving. It could easily be 6 servings though, I'm just a fatty on Tuesdays and eat until my sweat pants fit.