Savory Cherry Chicken {in your Crockpot}

Today I’m continuing the theme of easing back into the kitchen with a slow cooker recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner. But before we get to the recipe starring cherry preserves, here are two picture from the honeymoon that was, because part of me is refusing to admit that it is Monday, October 28, and our honeymoon is over.photo

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Joe and Catfish #1 (he caught 2.)  Joe loves to fish and I love to sit on the dock with a book and watch him reel them in.  We didn’t eat Catfish #1 or #2, don’t worry they’re back in Lake Norman, but this confirms my fears that there are pretty big fish swimming pretty close to the dock where I like to float. 

And now, the totally unrelated to catfish, Savory Cherry Chicken! I love cherries and wanted to combine their sweetness with savory flavors like garlic, soy, hoisin and onion.   The results were delicious and the preparation and clean-up very simple.  Love my crockpot!

What to buy (serves 2):

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water

What to do:

  • lay chicken in the slow cooker, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with diced onions
  • combine honey, soy sauce, 1/4 cup cherry preserves, hoisin and garlic and pour over chicken
  • cook chicken on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2-3 hours until the chicken is fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle
  • remove the chicken from the slow cooker (don’t throw away the remaining cooking liquids) and place it on a cutting board
  • cut or shred the chicken into bite-size pieces
  • whisk together cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water and add to a saucepan over medium heat
  • add liquids from the slow cooker to saucepan and the remaining 1/4 cup cherry preserves, stirring to combine
  • bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes
  • pour over the chicken and serve while hot

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this one isn’t going to win any picture awards but it was way more delicious than it looks here, I promise:DSC_0148

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