Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eat for a Week 31: Sweet Chicken & Potatoes



More crock pot fun. The grocery bill for this one was about $13. I bought chicken, bacon, and potatoes.

TOOLS:

crock pot

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 to 2 lbs baby red potatoes, chopped into 1" to 2" pieces
2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3" to 4" pieces
1/2 lb bacon, chopped into about 1/2" pieces
6 cloves of garlic, peeled (chop if you like)
1/3 to 1/2 lb frozen peas
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C cider vinegar
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1/4 C water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (use more if you like more heat)
2 or 3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO:

Cook bacon in a skillet and drain off the fat.
Place potatoes in crock pot, then add chicken, garlic, peas, and bacon.
Whisk together sugar, vinegar(s), worchestershire sauce, water, cayenne, salt and pepper and pour into crock pot.
Add bay leaves.
Set crock pot to Low and let it be for 8 to 10 hours. (If you're getting a late start and will be around the house, you can put it on high for 6 to 8 hours.)

This turns out delightfully sweet, but not candy-like. The cayenne helps offset this a bit. If you like, add some blue cheese crumbles when serving. The salty, mustiness of it can also help cut the sweetness of the dish.

Music for this episode is "Learning Curve" by The Hybiscus Journals - http://thehybiscusjournals.bandcamp.com (This track isn't there, but many others are.)

So, it hit the internets this afternoon that Steve Jobs has passed away. Spending the evening at my Mac Mini editing video in iMovie seemed like a fitting homage. So long, Steve. Thanks for making all these shiny toys for us.

2 comments:

thisgalsjourney said...

This looks AH-mazing!!! Looks like I may have another winter crock pot staple!! And, loved the music in this one!

thorn said...

Thanks! It was quite tasty. Of course, if you don't like eating whole garlic cloves, you can chop it up but they get so sweet and buttery... I only wish I had put more in. :)

Thanks, the tune used to be hosted on my Hybiscus webspace, but it seems to have disappeared and Cox has quit offering web hosting to their customers so I couldn't re-upload it. I imagine it's only a matter of time before that whole website gets deleted by them. Guess I should look into an actually web host.