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Tuesday Cook Off ~Crock Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~Crock Pot Sweet Sesame Chicken

My kids love take out Chinese food but it’s not the healthiest for you at all.   When I came across this recipe for sesame chicken (one dish we like to order at take out), I knew I just had to try it.  It’s much healthier than take out and you use chicken breast too.   This recipe is so easy and prep time is about 10 minutes.  Really this recipe was a win win for the whole family.   I made this recipe this weekend when we were painting my youngest son’s bedroom.  It was great because I took the 10 minutes to prep the recipe and then set it and forgot about it until dinner time.  You have to love that!!

Recipe from: Family Fresh Meals

Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds

Directions: 

  1. Start by seasoning chicken lightly with salt and pepper and place into crock pot.
  2. In a bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes.
  3. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or on HIGH 3-4 hours,
  5. or just until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove chicken from crock pot with a slotted spoon, leaving sauce behind.
  7. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.
  8. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on HIGH for ten more minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Shred chicken with two forks and then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or whatever you like!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

With it being back to school and everyone trying to get back on schedule, I thought I would feature a simple but delicious easy dinner.   I don’t know about your house but our house takes a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things once school starts.   Getting back into a routine is important but my boys fight me tooth and nail.   My youngest hates that his bedtime is 8:15 again.   My oldest is a teenager but my husband and I like for him to be in bed and watching TV by 9 pm.   We know that after a long day of school it doesn’t take him long to fall asleep.   Of course my husband always sets my sons TV timer so it does not stay on all night.  Yes, by this time the grown ups are in bed too 🙂

If your house is like ours after school its homework, homework and more homework.  Plus, factor in errands and after school activities.   I feel like I am in my car from 3 pm to at least 5:30 most days.   This is way cooking dinner in the crock-pot is a busy moms dream.

I actually found this recipe on Facebook and loved that it was low in calories.   I am always looking for new ways to cook chicken because BBQ can get old quick!    This recipe was so simple and it was delicious.   I served it with Roasted Garlic Quinoa and steamed broccoli.   Everyone in the house loved the chicken!!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 24 ounces) or breasts
sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley

Directions: 
Combine the first five dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides. Set aside. Pour olive oil and garlic on the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken on top. Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve.   Note:  I did double the first five dry spices to cover the chicken.   Which I think really helped with the favor.

Nutrition Info:

Servings: 8* Calories per serving: 133* Fat: 5g* Cholesterol: 70mg* Sodium: 222mg* Carbs: 4g* Fiber: 0g* Sugars: 3g* Protein: 17g* Points+: 6*

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Crock Pot Honey Chicken.   I just love my crock pot.  Especially being a working mom, I can put it all together in the morning, turn on the crock pot, go to work and when I get home, dinner is ready!  I love that 🙂  My boys also love any kind of chicken so I came across this honey chicken recipe and had to try it.  Plus, it was so easy to make and so good!  Thank you Lovin’ From the Oven for the recipe

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Here is the link for the recipe.  Happy cooking!

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Crock Pot Italian Beef

Crock Pot Italian Beef

My Baby Pajamas would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all had a great holiday season.   We should did and enjoyed the two weeks off of blogging and spent our time putting out Christmas orders 🙂  We also want to say thank you to our customers and hope 2013 is happy and healthy.   Now back to business!

So with the two weeks off of blogging, I had family in for the holidays from Chicago.  My husband and I both grew up in the Chicago area and living in Phoenix, AZ, we miss a few of the Chicago fine delicacies.  Probably the one Chicago food my husband and I miss the most is Al’s Italian Beef.  So after searching Pinterest.com, I found a recipe and it was great!  No, it’s not Al’s Beef but it was great and our boys loved it too.  Which as a mom, you know that always counts for a lot:)  It’s Crock Pot Italian Beef and it will definitely be made again.  Even our family from Chicago loved it!  Plus, much healthier for you too 🙂

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I found this recipe on Pinterest.com.  Here is the link for the recipe.

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About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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