Honey sesame chicken is a popular Chinese takeout order, but you can make a much healthier and more nutritious version at home with your slow cooker.
We love making Asian inspired dinners at home because it allows us to control exactly what ingredients are going into the meal – and we don’t have to skimp on any of the flavour.
With this recipe, you still do a little stir frying (the red and green bell peppers really make the dish pop), but you have the added benefit of tender, slow cooked chicken. After the chicken cooks for a few hours in a honey and soy sauce mixture (you could take this time to brush up on your chopsticks skills), transfer to a skillet or wok along with the vegetables for a quick sauté.
You could serve it over rice (we used a rice cooker to make perfect sticky rice), or in lettuce wraps for a handheld meal. If you want to make this a low-carb recipe, just omit the rice from the lettuce wraps.
Combine soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, ginger and red pepper in slow cooker crock.
Add chicken to soy sauce mixture. Stir to coat chicken with sauce.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Remove chicken from sauce. Transfer sauce mixture to skillet. Blend cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water. Over medium-high heat, add cornstarch and cook until thickened. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to sauce. Add red bell pepper strips and cook 4 minutes or until peppers are crisp tender.
Serve over rice. Sprinkle with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
If you’re not already on the meal prep train, it’s team to hop on and buckle up. Whether you’re a busy mom, a single millennial, or just want save a little money and not go out to eat as much (we all know the feeling), give meal prepping a try.
If you have some time on the weekend (#MealPrepSunday) – or even at the start of the week (#MealPrepMonday) – do a little cooking and prep your meals for the week. Whether you need lunch or dinner, having meals already cooked and ready to go before your week starts takes a lot of stress out the day. All you have to do is grab them out of the fridge and go. Trust us, it’s worth the time and effort over the weekend.
For meal prep this week make slow cooker healthy chicken and broccoli. Use your Hamilton Beach® slow cooker and rice cooker – they’re both great meal prep tools. The slow cooker can cook food in bulk – which is great when you’re portioning meals out over a week. Rice cookers can also cook multiple cups of rice (in this case, farro) – enough to easily portion out over 7 days.
Add chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and black pepper to the slow cooker crock. Then add chicken and stir until it’s fully coated. Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours.
Uncover the crock then add and stir bell peppers. Then top with broccoli (do not stir) and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
When your chicken is almost finished, cook farro in the rice cooker. You could also serve this with brown or white rice, even quinoa.
When everything is finished, prepare your to-go containers. We portioned the farro on one side and the chicken and vegetables on another. We packed walnuts to top the dish in a dressing container – but a resealable bag would work too if you have those on hand.
Throw the containers into the fridge and they’ll be there for the taking during the week. Whether you need a not-so-sad desk lunch to take to the office, or a quick dinner before heading to the gym or one of the kid’s games – the effort ahead of time pays off throughout the week.