Monday I had the privilege of taking food to a friend who had recently had some surgery. She was doing great thanks to new robotic procedures. I was happy to be able to help out and also glad that it gave me an excuse to try a couple of new dishes.
I took them a very simple crock pot main dish. I wanted something that I could put on in the morning and pretty much forget about until shortly before time to take it, plus I wanted it to be something everyone here would eat also. ( The old cook once for everyone thing). I knew it would be chicken, but wanted it to be just a bit different than what we usually eat. The result is Beer Crock Pot Chicken.
Beer Crock Pot Chicken
1 can or bottle of beer ( I used Sam Adams Cranberry Ale)
8 small chicken breasts ( I used boneless, bone it will require a little more cooking time )
1 teaspoon garlic powder (thought I had fresh garlic but didn't so had to punt)
1 teaspoon Italian spices*
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Put everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, on high for 4-6 hours. ( Every crock cooks differently so you will have to make the call on the exact time. On low, mine took 7 hours)
When the chicken is all nice and done remove about 1/2 cup of the stewing liquid. Let it cool and whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour. ( Use cornstarch if you prefer) Pour all the liquid from the crock pot into a boiler and put on a medium heat on the stove top. Stir in the broth/flour slurry and whisk until the mixture thickens. Continue cooking on low a couple of minutes stirring constantly. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and stir to incorporate. Pour it over the chicken breasts to serve. I made couscous and served the breasts on top of it. I did leave a couple of pieces sauceless. For anyone who needs/wants to know the points value with no sauce is 3 per serving. The sauce as made would increase the value to 4 points.
The picture is not from Monday night. I actually doubled everything so I would have leftovers and made 2 crock pots full. (An aside: If you are thinking of getting one of those 3 crock pot in one units, I would recommend it strongly I can't tell you how much it has simplified my life on several occasions. Since it has both a cook and warming feature, I have used it to both cook and/or as a buffet warming server. Well worth the price and if you wait till it is on sale and use a Bed Bath &Beyond coupon you can snag one for about 30 bucks)
This is a lunch rerun today. I actually think it tasted better the second time around.
This is just one breast cut in half with some pickled okra and tomato slices. Delicious!
* The Italian seasoning was a mistake. I thought I was adding dried parsley but picked up and dumped the Italian seasonings before I realized my mistake. ( If I ever took the time to actually measure instead of dumping I probably would have noticed. My Bad!) Instead of using the traditional French seasonings ( bay, parsley, tarragon and thyme) originally planned I had to punt. Hence the added oregano. If the French thing had worked out I would have finished the sauce with a couple of tablespoons of cream rather than the butter. Oh well, that's life...at least my life!