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Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken

Soy Basalmic Slow Cooker Chicken

I know I have said this before, but it honestly always takes me 2 tries and a Google search to spell balsamic correctly. Okay now that I have that off my chest we can move on.

In preparation of our anniversary in a few weeks, we transported the top tier of our wedding cake from my parents freezer to our freezer this weekend. It's in a huge box, so this meant that I had to clear out a shelf of my jam packed freezer. So I thawed a lot of chicken, and decided I would figure out something to do with it in the slow cooker. 

This morning I woke up, realized I thawed 3 packages of chicken and needed to throw together something in the slow cooker before heading to work. The ingredients must have come to me in my sleep, because I thought quickly and came home to a delicious dinner. The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it. As my husband put it tonight, our slow cooker is batting 1000. For all of you that have been requesting more easy and tasty slow cooker recipes, this one is for you.

Keep reading for the recipe, I've scaled it down a bit from what I actually did this time since most people don't need the amount of chicken I cooked. We're looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch this week though! 

2-3 lbs bone in chicken, I used a combination of drumsticks and breasts
1 whole onion, sliced into rings
3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, smashed 
1-2 tablespoons peppercorn, cracked (or just use 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper if you are in a rush)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup chicken broth

Place chicken and onion in slow cooker. Pour soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, garlic, and peppercorn into into slow cooker and stir around, coating chicken. Add brown sugar, cornstarch, and chicken broth and stir again. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, break and shred chicken up a bit (a potato masher works really well for this), serve over rice and garnish with chives.


Reader Comments (19)

I made this for dinner - my whole family adored it!! This is the kind of chicken dish where you just want to keep on eating after you are completely full just because it tastes so darn good. My whole family thanks you so much for sharing it!

I'm so happy your family enjoyed this recipe! You're making me hungry for it, I think I'm going to have to make it again soon!

December 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterCarrie

One word... YUM!

I'm trying this bad boy this wknd!

I hope you enjoyed it this weekend!

January 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterCarrie

Kyle and I made this a few weeks back. IT was awesome! We may have cooked it a little longer than necessary (we threw it in and went to work), but it turned out good. The chicken bones were coming apart! We'll have to try more of your slow cooker reecipes soon!

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm glad you guys liked it! I usually end up 'cooking' things longer than suggested as well since I turn mine on when we go to work. Mine switches to a warm setting after the number of hours I program it to cook. Once we get moved into an apartment and I get my slow cooker back I'll be sure to post some more slow cooker recipes!

February 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterCarrie

I love how easily gluten free this is. And anytime I can use my crockpot, it's a home run. Thanks for sharing!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen (Gluten Free Diva)

Made this sunday the whole family loved it, we were fighting for the leftovers.The chicken was fall off the bone

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergonzo

I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and had a tasty Sunday dinner!

February 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterCarrie

This chicken was quick and easy to make. I served with whole wheat rice . The family said that was an automatic DO OVER! Thank you

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I bet it could only improve this to put the chicken + ingredients in a ziploc to marinade as it's thawing ... or better yet before you stick it in the freezer! And then do an early morning crockpot-dump on the day it's needed. Thanks for this great recipe!

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDancing Monkey

Oh, I am so making this for dinner tonight!

March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeah Adams

Tried it and loved it! I added broccoli and carrots, along with a little garlic and ginger - fantastic!

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebraLynn

Love the additions, great to hear you liked the recipe!

May 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterCarrie

Would this work with boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs? Its sound delicious!

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Saw this on Pinterest. Looks wonderful... I have it in the crock pot right now.... I added a bit more brown sugar to it. Can't wait for supper :) Thanks for sharing.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Loved it!

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Do you take the skin off of the chicken?

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Daly

I use skinless chicken. If use chicken with the skin on, you might want to brown it first so it gets a little crisp.

November 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterCarrie

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