03 January 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas holiday.  We had a lovely Christmas.  We had family visit on Christmas Day for the first time since we've been married. So I was excited that I got to make an actual Christmas dinner.  (We usually travel on Christmas, so I don't bother cooking a big meal.)  I made an Orange Cardamom Glazed Ham in the slow cooker, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower (also slow cooker), bread, cranberry sauce, and U.S.S. Missouri Buttermilk Pie for dessert.  It was lovely.

Then I had a cooking break for a week because my in-laws took our kids off our hands for four days, so my husband and I used some of the restaurant gift cards we got for Christmas and did a lot of snacking, and the rest of the week we were visiting family in Indiana.  

I enjoyed my cooking break, but now I'm ready to get back in the kitchen!  This is one of the recipes I added to my meal plan for next week.  I have made it a couple of times and love it.  My family loves it and it so incredibly easy.  When things get busy and weeknights are rushed, my go-to dinner is throwing some kind of meat in the slow cooker.  Drumsticks and thighs are favorites of mine because they are super duper cheap, they don't dry out easily, and they're very versatile.  This is one of my favorite ways to cook them.  
{I cannot link to the blog where I got this recipe, because it has been removed.}

Slow Cooker Orange Hoisin Chicken

8 chicken drumsticks or thighs, skin removed
½ cup frozen pulp-free orange juice concentrate, thawed
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp hoisin sauce

Place chicken in a slow cooker.  In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.  Whisk well to remove all cornstarch lumps.  Pour sauce over chicken in slow cooker.  Turn drumsticks, ensuring they are all covered in the sauce.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.  Remove the lid while you make rice and other sides so the sauce will thicken just a bit more.

Serve chicken over rice and drizzle with sauce.

Makes 4 servings, 2 drumsticks each.

Easy and delicious!  The orange and hoisin work very well together.  The vinegar really makes the flavor pop.  If anyone in your family is picky about eating meat off the bone, you can easily remove it before serving because it comes out so tender.

Did you make any cooking-related New Year's resolutions?  If so, I want to hear them!

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