This time of year is always super busy for me. I don’t know how y’all who have kids do it, because I don’t even have to prepare for back-to-school! It just seems like every year my schedule explodes in August & early September. I think it’s because everyone is trying to cram in as much “end of Summer” fun as they can before the weather gets cooler.
I generally do a lot of cooking on the weekends, but with all the weekend trips and visitors lately I haven’t had a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. That’s where my slow cooker comes in! It’s so nice to toss a few ingredients in a pot in the morning and then come home from work to a hot and ready meal. This particular recipe fits that scenario perfectly. There’s next to no morning prep time and when you get home the meat literally falls apart for shredding and you just have to thicken the sauce for 2-3 minutes. Serve it over some brown minute rice and steam a side of broccoli, snow peas or an Asian veggie mix and voila! Dinner is served.
In addition to being unbelievably simple, this recipe is really tasty. It’s sweet and tangy with a garlicky Asian flair. It pairs really well with rice, but you could certainly serve it over vegetables or pasta, stuff it in a baked potato or add a tortilla and some mix-ins and make it a wrap. At only 209 calories or 5 Weight Watchers Points+ per serving, the possibilities are endless!
1.Combine the brown sugar, cider vinegar, soda, garlic, soy sauce and black pepper and pour into your slow cooker. Lay the chicken breasts across the bottom and stir sauce to cover chicken (if chicken peeks up over sauce that’s okay). Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
2.Remove chicken from sauce and shred using forks (it should fall apart easily).
3.Pour the sauce from the slow cooker into a small saucepan (or if you have a slow cooker with a removable pot specifically meant to be used on the stove top you can just use the same pot). In a small bowl, stir together the corn starch and water. Add the corn starch mixture to the sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 2-3 minutes until sauce has thickened into a glaze. Remove from heat and let stand for another 1-2 minutes (sauce will continue to thicken while standing).
4.You can either mix the chicken back into the sauce or serve the sauce poured over the chicken (as pictured). Sprinkle each serving with a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to taste before serving.
Yields 8 (1/2 cup) servings. WW P+: 5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 209 calories, 21 g carbs, 1 g fat, 26 g protein, 0 g fiber