Drunken Chicken and Rice, a quick and easy slow cooker recipe that is so delicious, it will make week night dinners feel special.
Drunken Chicken and Rice, my go-to recipe for those busy weeknights. Very often, when I get asked how am I doing, I always find myself replying "Doing really good, very busy with the family. The children's social calendar can get far more active than the adults." And that often beckons the next question, "Where do you find time to make dinners most nights of the week?" While I do try my best to make home cooked meals for the family, I do understand that it is sometimes very tempting to just order take out or eat out.
And here is where the help of a slow cooker comes in handy. Using a slow cooker often involves quick and easy preparation and a slow cooking time, which would allow for busy families to have a warm and delicious home cooked meal at the end of the day.
Take for example, this slow cooker chicken dish recipe that I am about to share. The chicken can be marinated in a ziplock bag the night before and placed in a slow cooker the next day before you head out to work or go about running your errands for the day. I added some baby bak chop which I popped into the slow cooker to cook for the last 20 min before serving. I also have an electric rice cooker, which is also extremely convenient as I can set the timer for the rice to be cooked and ready at a certain time. If you don't have an electric rice cooker, cooking rice over the stovetop in a pot should take no longer than 20 min. I hope this recipe will help make week night dinners more about quality time with the family over a warm meal!
Drunken Chicken and Rice (Slow Cooker)
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, inspired by "The Slow Cooking Bible"
8 pieces Chicken Thighs (skin on, deboned)
1/3 cup Shao Xing Chinese Cooking Wine
1/2 tsp Chinese 5-Spice Powder
1/2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp White Pepper Powder
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 1/4 cup Rice (rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup Shao Xing Chinese Cooking Wine
1 oz Ginger (smashed)
3 cloves Garlic
1 cup Chicken Stock
Spring Onion (for garnishing)
Light Soy Sauce (as condiment)
1. Marinate chicken pieces with Chinese cooking wine, 5-spice powder, soy sauce, pepper and oyster sauce. (May be prepared the night before and placed in a ziplock bag and refrigerated)
2. Place in slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
3. Place rice in a rice cooker with Chinese cooking wine, ginger, garlic and chicken stock. Cook accordingly to ricer cooker instructions. If using stovetop method, bring ingredients to a boil, stir then cover the pot and reduce hear to medium low. Cook for 20 min (do not lift lid). Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
4. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve with soy sauce.
Slow Cooker Sichuan & Anise Beef Stew has bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from the liberal use of garlic as well as the unique flavor of Sichuan pepper.
Sichuan & Anise Beef Stew a super easy recipe where you just throw in all the ingredients and you will have a full meal in a couple of hours. Sichuan cuisine is mostly known for its Kung Poa (Sweet & Spicy) Chicken and Ma Po (Numbingly Spicy) Tofu, Sichuan cuisine is one of the most well established Chinese cuisine in the many years of food history in China. Many think that Sichuan cuisine is all spicy but that is not so, especially in Singapore. Sichuan restuarants in Singapore often attempt to combine Singaporean flavors with Sichuan variations. And I found this super easy slow cooker recipe that absolutely duplicates that.
Slow Cooker Sichuan & Anise Beef Stew
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, adapted from "The Slow Cooker Bible"
2 lbs Beef Chuck
1 1/2 tbsp Plain Flour
1 Red Onion (thickly sliced)
2 cloves Garlic (crushed)
1/4 cup Tomato Paste
1 cup Red Wine
1 cup Beef Stock
2 Bay Leaves
3 strips Orange Zest (about 1/2 inch wide)
2 Star Anise
1 tsp Sichuan Peppercorns
1 tsp Thyme (chopped)
1 tbsp Rosemary (chopped)
3 tbsp Coriander (chopped)
1. Trim beef and cut into 1 inch cubes.
2. Place all the ingredients, except for the coriander, into the slow cooker.
3. Cook on high for 3 hours or until beef is tender.
4. Season with salt and/or pepper to taste.
5. Stir in coriander and garnish with the remainder.
6. Serve with rice, if desired.
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