Who Needs Panda Express Chicken Anyway? Sticky Chicken

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So once again, here I am already apologizing in the wee hours of the morning.

 

As promised, here is the Thing 1’s beloved favorite new recipe, “Who Needs Panda Express Chicken Anyway? Sticky Chicken” (Do you think Thing 1 has a future in marketing? *grin*)

The original recipe comes courtesy to us from Farm Girl Gourmet.  The Farm Girl Gourmet, btw, is a very talent food blogger and comes highly recommended.  Check out her site if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed. As previously mentioned, I am a rule breaker and cook much like MacGyver at times.  For those old enough to understand that TV reference, I apologize profusely and for those too young.. he was the coolest guy evah.

Moving right along 😉

Ingredients

1/2 cup local honey (My honey came from the great state of North Carolina! Go Tar Heels!  But I’m sure any honey would do just fine.  I would strongly recommend, however, to use a golden thicker, honey versus the kind you find in a plastic honey bear found in your “local grocery store”

1/2 cup light brown sugar (we tend to have a “sweet tooth” in our house, so we added between another 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup)

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (Because we are a gluten free home, we used tamari sauce.  I cannot stress how much better tamari tastes so much better than soy sauce.)

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger

2 teaspoons sriracha (or other hot pepper sauce)  (sriracha all the way, baby!)

black pepper

10 chicken drumsticks, skin removed and discarded (Unfortunately, my local grocery store did not sell drumsticks unskinned so I had to rely on kitchen shears to do the job. Yuck! Do yourself a favor and pay the extra $ and buy them skinned if available)

cilantro (These last two ingredients I did not use only because Thing 1 and Thing 2 were home and can be picky eaters at times.  This would be a great addition to the meal I am sure)

toasted sesame seeds

Instructions:

In a sauce pan add the honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha and season to taste with black pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugars have dissolved and the sauce is beginning to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
In the bowl of a slow cooker, add the skinned chicken drumsticks and pour the sauce over. Move the chicken around a bit with tongs to coat completely. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours, flipping chicken a couple of times during the cooking process. Just before serving, sprinkle with torn cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.
Serve with steamed white rice and your favorite veggie and devour!

Source Link:  Farm Girl Gourmet

My Notes:  The biggest “trick” to this recipe is to remember two things.   (1) When preparing the Sticky Sauce, you will need to boil it down to the “candy apple stage”. (2)   Slow cookers do not cook down liquids.

So what the heck does this exactly mean?  Stay with me and hopefully this will make sense.  *Fingers crossed*.   It is very important to boil the sauce down the “candy stage” and to let it cool for at least a couple of minutes before dipping the chicken into the sauce.  If you do not get the consistency of the sauce thick enough, it won’t adhere to the chicken.  It’s just that simple folks.  You can’t rush it.

Regarding the  slow cookers do not cook down liquids comment.  A word of warning:  you will be very disappointed when you take the chicken out of the slow cooker because it will not look the chicken in these pictures.

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As the chicken is cooking in the original sauce, moisture is added into the slow cooker and the original glaze remains in the bottom of the pot.  To achieve the “sticky” back in the “sticky chicken”, about 15 minutes before the chicken was about to finished cooking, I threw together another batch of the sauce on the stove.  Once the chicken had completely cooked, I removed the chicken with kitchen tongs, gave it a couple of swirls in the new sauce and voila beautiful sticky chicken.  I know what you are thinking… that sounds like a awful lot of work.  But pinkie swear, that whole platter took me less than 5 minutes and achieved me Rock Star status for at least 24 hours in Thing 1’s world even over his beloved Mindcraft.  Enough said.

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