October 16, 2014

Crock-Pot Sesame Chicken

Crock-Pot Sesame Chicken
I've always loved sesame chicken, especially from the Chinese takeout place down the street from my childhood home in New Jersey (Sunny Wok, how I miss thee). I don't order it much anymore because it's not exactly within my PointsPlus range and now that I've found this recipe there's no need for delivery.

When I started Weight Watchers, I praised the blogging gods for delivering SkinnyTaste to me (and I still do). This blog has so many recipes it's insane and all of them have the nutrition information and PointsPlus values. Oh, and all of them are delicious, let's not forget that. 

On Sundays, I like to make Crock-Pot meals so that I can lounge around all day while dinner is happily cooking away on the counter top. I paired this sesame chicken with some brown rice (1/2 cup to be exact) and broccoli to keep it feeling like takeout. Gina rules.

Crock-Pot Sesame Chicken
Recipe modified (just a tiny bit) from SkinnyTaste
Serves: 8, Serving Size: heaping 2/3 cup, PointsPlus: 4 (plus more for brown rice)
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Scallions, sliced for garnish
Crock-Pot Sesame Chicken, Slow Cooker recipe
  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place in the Crock-Pot (slow cooker, what have you)
  • Combine soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp water, sesame  seeds, and Sriracha in a medium bowl and then pour over the chicken. Cook on LOW for 3.5 hours
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, remove from the slow cooker and shred, setting aside
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup water and add to the sauce in the slow cooker, stirring to combine
  • Cover and cook on HIGH until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes
  • Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and mix well to combine
  • Serve over brown rice and alongside broccoli (if desired) and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Enjoy that takeout flavor at home!
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