Here is a delicious dinner I made for us this week. It is simple and SO yummy. It is a great meal for using items you have in your freezer and fridge.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup Asian sesame salad dressing
- 1/4 soy sauce
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup edamame (steamed)
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1 tbs corn starch (or flour)
Toby was being silly with his raccoon this morning. I started taking his picture and then I think he got embarrassed. He loves to put on a show.
His embarrassed face :)
I cooked the chicken breasts the night before in the crockpot on high for 2 hours. In the crock pot I added the salad dressing, soy sauce, chicken broth, and maple syrup. Before you place the chicken into the crock pot, cover it with lots of black pepper which adds to the spiciness of the dish. Once the chicken is finished, save the liquid from the crockpot to make the sauce for the dish.
While the chicken is cooking, I steamed the edamame. I usually buy frozen organic shelled edamame and keep it in the freezer to use in different meals or add to a quick salad. Next I cooked the rice. I buy whatever rice is on sale (frozen, boxed, instant) because we eat a lot of rice in our house. This week I used frozen organic brown rice from Whole Foods. It comes in a resealable bag which is very convenient for cooking small meals for two.
If the chicken is cooked the day before, take it out of the fridge and separate it from the liquid. Put the chicken on a place and microwave for 1 minute just to warm it up. Then pull the chicken into shreds. It will shred very easily since it was slow cooked.
Pour the liquid from the crockpot into a sauce pan and add a tablespoon of cornstarch. Let the sauce come to a boil, stirring it constantly and then lower to a simmer. The sauce will thicken into a delicious sesame sauce that is AMAZING.
To put the whole dish together, add some rice in a bowl. Next add a healthy handful of the pulled chicken and then pour the sauce over the chicken and rice. Next add the edamame to the bowl. Last but not least, sprinkle the sesame seeds on the top.