Crock pot to the rescue

This has been a really tough week.  We have had 4 softball games, 2 baseball games, and practices.  Our son was on a school trip to Washington DC and didn’t get home until 10:30 on Tuesday. There was a school meeting on the upcoming junior/senior after the prom party that ran pretty late and hubby was out of town one night.  The hardest part about these weeks is when both kids have games on the same night your just not sure what time everyone will be home for dinner. 

We really try to make dinner a family together time.  I know that some families just get food on the fly and not try and eat together when their schedules are as hectic as this.  We strive to be all together, unless our daughter is working.  Dinner time is a chance to catch up on everyone’s day, find out what is required of the next day and a chance to just unwind from all the running around. So last night, after a leftover night, a Coney’s on the grill night and a let’s stop for pizza after the game night, we had a let’s all sit down together crock pot dinner night! 

 During my lunch hour yesterday, I ran to the grocery store for the needed ingredients, then ran home and threw everything together.  I even had the rice all ready to go and the table set so that when we did finally get home there was less to do. 

Our daughter’s game finished earlier than the JV baseball game so she got a ride home with a friend.  Since we had two cars at the baseball game I took off for home ahead of the guys as soon as the last out was called.  On my way I called home to have our daughter start the rice.  Everything time out perfectly for us to finally sit down at 7:45 for a home cooked meal.  Now this was a new recipe and it was pretty good.  My only issue was that the chicken might of cooked too long, but who can really time how long a game can go on for! I would suggest keeping it to 3 to 3 1/2 hours max.

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Serves 4

1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons diced onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles

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