Wednesday, February 4, 2009

CROCKPOT: Sweet and Sour Chicken

3 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (leg quarters, breast halves)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small can (6 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, or 3/4 cup
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
hot cooked rice for 4 to 6 people

Arrange chicken pieces in crockpot and sprinkle with the salt and garlic powder. Combine lemonade concentrate, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar in a small bowl; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 1/2 hours. Add bell pepper slices. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours longer. Remove chicken and peppers to a serving dish; cover and keep warm.

Pour juices into a saucepan and skim off any excess fat. Combine cornstarch with the cold water; stir into juices. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Serve sauce over chicken, along with hot cooked rice. Serves 4 to 6.

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