Thursday, August 02, 2007

IT'S A CROCK-Siamese Chicken

Easy, exotic smelling mock-Asian slow cooker recipes are a nice change of pace. I might do something like this once a month. Served more often these recipes tend to taste like bad take away. This recipe is a favourite of mine because it is so cheap to make and the kids lap it up.

Siamese Chicken Approximate cost as prepared: $9.00
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
6-8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1 medium Onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
1/3 cup canned Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Peanut Butter (I prefer smooth for this sauce, but chunky works fine)
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Water
3 Cups Hot cooked yellow rice
1/4 cup Cilantro (fresh Coriander Leaves) or Parsley if desired

This one gets sticky so first spray your crock pot or slow cooker liner bag (Don't you LOVE these things?) with non-stick pan spray. Put Onions and Garlic in crock pot. Layer the Chicken on top. Combine Ginger, Salt and Paprika. Sprinkle over Chicken. In a separate bowl, whisk Coconut Milk, Peanut Butter and Soy Sauce until well blended. Pour over the Chicken. Cook on Low for 6-7 hours.

Scoop out the Chicken and arrage on top of platter with Yellow Rice. Cover with foil to keep moist place in oven set to warm. Turn slow cooker to HIGH. Combine Cornstarch with Water until smooth. Stir into juices. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Spoon a little sauce over the Chicken to serve and put the rest on the table to pour. Top with fresh Coriander or Parsley just for pretty's sake.
Feeds 4-6.
My recipe inspired by several other more complicated, expensive and spicy recipes.