Every year when the temperature starts to dip below 65 degrees, I find myself remembering those warm, cozy dinners mom used to make-the kind that filled us up and made us feel loved. These days, it's hard to find the time to put together such well planned meals which is why the crock pot is the busy grown-ups friend.
Throw these ingredients together right before work and return home to a delicious home style meal. This is my Mom's crock pot chicken...
2 T. Frozen Orange Juice
2 C. Chicken Stock
1 t. Salt
1/4 t. Pepper
1/2 C. Tomato Paste
2 T. Soy Sauce
2 T. Brown Sugar
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
4 #'s Chicken, breasts and thighs, skin removed
1/4 # Mushrooms, sliced
2 T. Butter
11 oz. Can Mandarin Orange sections, drained
1/2 Medium Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1/4 t. Ground Ginger
3 T. Cornstarch
1/4 C. Cold Milk
1/4 C. Cold Water
1. The night before: In a large, non-reactive container mix together all of the ingredients up to (and including) the garlic. Add the chicken, close container and refrigerate until morning.
2. Next Morning: Place the chicken in the crock pot and add marinade up to about an inch from the top of the container. Set the cooker on low and cover for 6-8 hours.
3. Turn the crock pot to high. Sautee the mushrooms in the butter and add them plus their juices to the chicken. Add the oranges, peppers and ginger.
4. Mix the cornstarch, milk and water together making sure there are no lumps. Slowly add the mixture to the chicken and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 more minutes.