Chinese Barbecue Chicken

The slow cooker isn’t just for easy week night meals; it’s also great for busy weekends! When my friend and I get together or my mother-in-law is in town for quilting weekends we throw together a slow cooker meal before hunkering down in the “sweat shop” for the day.  (I like to tell my husband I’m “Super Wife” on these days.)

I served these with rice and fresh green beans. The leftovers were turned into sandwiches.

Chinese Barbecue Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1/2 C soy sauce
  • 1/4 C hoisin
  • 1/4 C blackberry jam
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 scallions, sliced

Steps:

  1. Combine honey, soy sauce, hoisin, jam, oil, and garlic.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover with onion and sauce. Cook on LOW 4 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken and shred. Pour the sauce in a saucepan. Mix together cornstarch with 3 tbsp water. Whisk into sauce and bring to a boil until thickened. Pour over shredded chicken.

*This recipe is adapted from Kelly at http://www.justataste.com/2013/09/slow-cooker-crock-pot-honey-garlic-chicken-recipe/*

Chinese Chicken

Chinese Chicken

Sichuan Orange Beef

Okay so this dish isn’t technically Sichuan Orange Beef. But if you actually had Sichuan peppercorns then yours could be! I simply substituted freshly ground peppercorns instead of using my typical black pepper. So I guess I ate Orange Beef?

I have no idea if Sichuan peppercorns have a little extra heat to them or not, (You can tell I’ve really done my research on this one) Stuart added Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to his plate.

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Sichuan Orange Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb brown rice pad thai noodles
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 lb steak
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 3 scallions, sliced diagonally, whites and greens separated

Steps

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, corn starch, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, orange, and pepper. Slice steak and marinade in soy sauce mixture.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles.
  3. Sear beef in vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add carrots and white parts of scallions. Pour in the marinade. Simmer for two minutes, stirring. Add in the green parts of the scallions and toss with the cooked noodles.

*This recipe is adapted from Kimberly at http://www.daringgourmet.com/2013/06/05/sichuan-orange-beef/*

Sichuan Orange Beef