Friday, January 13, 2012

Chef Mommy: Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken Meal

I've decided to call myself Chef Mommy. Yeah I know, I don't deserve that title but I really am trying to cook more and blog about my cooking experiences. I just didn't realize how difficult that would be. I'm not the most organized of cooks so it takes me forever to fix even the simplest dish. Then you combine writing the recipe, taking pictures and taking you through my process...HAHAHA! So, to make a long story, I have been cooking but I only have time to write up one post a week and this week is dedicated to a yummy and quick crockpot recipe that my neighbor, Michelle shared with me.

It's called Slow Cooker Adobo chicken. First, I'll give you the original recipe with my changes below or to the side, then I will share the process along with pictures and finally give you my family's final thoughts on the meal.

You can find this recipe on Allrecipes.com.
 
Ingredients:
  • (1/2) 1 small sweet onion, sliced
  • (4) 8 cloves garlic, crushed (used a garlic press)
  • (1/2) 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • (1/4) 1/2 cup (white) vinegar
  • (1.5 pounds) 1 (3 pound) whole chicken (chicken breast pieces), cut into pieces
  • can of chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1-3 tbsp. of corn starch mixed with equal parts water

Directions

  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a small bowl mix the onion, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar, and pour over the chicken. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
Chef Mommy Notes: I cut this recipe in half for two reasons. One, its just the three of us. Two, I only like chicken breasts and I had a 1 1/2 pounds so it was perfect. I also used frozen chicken breasts, slightly thawed so I could pull them apart. My calculations are on the side in red. The chicken broth was an idea by Michelle to make liquid for the slow cooker. I found the idea of the bay leaves and white vinegar in the comments on the recipe. I also added a little cornstarch and water mixture to thicken the sauce.
Pictures of the process:
the ingredients

simple prep- just put everything in the crock pot!

my plate: added rice, broccoli with cheese and my grandmother's homemade biscuits

my daughter's plate

my son's plate- notice the difference
Family Thoughts: I loved the meal. I thought the chicken was awesome. I think I will add more onions the next time and also more cornstarch/water mixture to make the sauce a little thicker. I love sauces. I also saw a variation that used red wine vinegar so I might try it. My daughter just had the chicken on her plate but then she asked for the onions. I didn't think she would like them however she thought they were awesome! [UPDATE: She loved the chicken the first day but not so much as leftovers.] My son, as you can see from his plate, hated everything. He wouldn't even try the chicken so I gave him corndogs and he hates broccoli. Maybe one of these days he will try the whole meal. Will I make this again? You betcha! I can't wait. Stay tuned next Friday for the next installment of Chef Mommy. I'm thinking another crockpot dish using ground beef...hmmmm....

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