We made a quick trip out of town yesterday (Sat.), just got back early this a.m. (Sun.), and I see that this did not post like I thought I had scheduled it. So, there will be two posts today (Sun.).
I make this recipe a lot. Very quick, very easy. You can cook a whole 3-4 lb. chicken in less than an hour. This recipe produces very moist meat with a slight teriyaki flavor. I usually use sherry in this, but had some apple juice I needed to use up so I used that. If I don’t have green onions on hand, I usually just use a tablespoon of dried, minced onion. Since I can make this so fast, I have never made this in a slow cooker, but I am sure that you could. Unlike roasting, the skin will not be crisp, but it will come right off. This recipe came from a Foster Farms Whole Chicken package. The recipe suggested serving with rice. Hubby is not a big plain rice eater so I serve it with fried rice and green beans with almonds
Simmered Chinese Chicken
1 whole chicken, 3 to 3 1/2 lbs.
1 T. oil
1/3 c. soy sauce, regular or reduced sodium
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. water
1 T. ketchup
1/4 c. dry sherry or apple juice
1/2 to 3/4 t. crushed dried red pepper (opt.)
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 bunch green onions sliced
1 T. cornstarch
1 T. water
2 t. toasted sesame seeds (opt.)
Heat oil in Dutch oven, brown chicken on all sides. Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, ketchup, sherry, red pepper, garlic, and onion. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and simmer 35 to 40 min. I usually turn the chicken over once or twice so all sides get immersed in the sauce for a while. Remove chicken to a platter, draining juices back into the pan. Skim fat from sauce. Blend together, cornstarch and water, stir into sauce. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds. Serve with sauce.
This is pretty fast for time, but here are microwave directions: Place chicken in 3 qt. casserole. Pour sauce mixture over chicken. Cover, microwave on HIGH 5 min. Microwave on MEDIUM 15 min. Turn chicken. Cover, microwave on MEDIUM 15 to 20 min. Remove chicken to a platter. Blend cornstarch and water, stir into sauce. Microwave on HIGH 1-2 min. until thickened.
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