Saturday, March 22, 2014

Crockpot chicken in a ginger tomato sauce.

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Have you ever had a day when you didn't have time to go to the store yet you wanted to make something different for dinner? That's exactly what inspired this recipe.  I made it many times (seriously, I can't believe, I haven't shared it with you before!!)

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The first time I made it, I just used what I had on hand in our pantry and fridge.

So you will need:

  • 7-8 pieces of chicken, skin removed (thighs, legs, breasts, bone-in is fine)
  • 2 14 oz. cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dry ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. dry parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dry basil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 tsp. salt (can add more to taste at the end of cooking)
  • 2 TB of sour cream
  • 2 TB oil for cooking


1. Preheat 1 TB of oil on medium heat. Chop garlic nicely and cook for about a minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent. Set aside.

2. In another TB of oil cook chicken for 3-4 minutes. You do not cook it through, it's just to create a golden crust.

3. Add tomatoes to a blender and pulse a few times to turn them into a chunky sauce. Believe me, this step is a must! I tried to make it with just tomato sauce (blah...). I also forgot this step once on a very long afternoon and just dumped both cans into a crockpot, and it turned out gross. So making it into a sauce is a necessary step. This is my secret ingredient:

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4. Grate a carrot. Add everything but sour cream to a crock pot:

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5. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7. At the end, whisk in sour cream and adjust salt as needed.

You will get plenty of sauce from this recipe to pour over pasta, rice or potatoes you can serve on the side. In the picture I used chicken legs but, honestly, thighs are my favorite. Chicken breasts could turn a little dryer.

Bon appetite!

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  1. This looks so amazing Lena! It makes me want to buy a crock pot again - I see so many great recipes for them!

    1. You totally should! I can't imagine my life without one!

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe Lena. I LOVE my Crock Pot, I just need to remember to try this when I come across the Chicken Thighs on sale again, as they are the best for the Crock Pot.

    1. Yes, I agree. I didn't have any thighs on hand, and it was still good with legs but I do prefer thighs too.

  3. I love to use the crockpot, so this looks like a keeper.

  4. Yum! I like it when there's lots of sauce and love using my crock pot!

    1. I always try to make some extra sauce too :)

  5. Have you ever thought of writing a cookbook? Seriously!

  6. So easy and it sounds like something my husband would just love. Thank you for sharing it!!


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