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Sunday Slow Cooker: Soy Ginger Chicken

Part of winding down a long weekend is enjoying a relaxed Sunday night. Throw some chicken in the slow cooker while you're fixing lunch and sit down to a delicious, stress-free meal at dinnertime. This well-rounded dish, with its Pan-Asian flavors, is a refreshing departure from the dominant Winter stew. To make something different,

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Soy Ginger Chicken

Soy Ginger Chicken

Soy Ginger Chicken

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  2. 2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
  3. 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  4. 2/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
  5. 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches long), peeled and cut into thin strips
  6. 5 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal (1 cup packed)
  7. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  8. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  10. 4 chicken drumsticks and 4 thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds total), skin removed
  11. 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced crosswise
  12. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  13. Cooked white rice

Directions

  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together soy sauce, sugar, garlic, cilantro, ginger, 1/2 cup scallions, vinegar, coriander, and pepper. Add chicken and carrots; toss to coat.
  2. Cover, and cook on low until chicken is tender, about 6 hours.
  3. Using a large spoon, skim off and discard any fat from surface of cooking liquid.
  4. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, whisk cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Ladle 1 cup cooking liquid into measuring cup; whisk to combine. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 1 minute.
  5. With slow cooker turned off, stir in cornstarch mixture. Serve chicken with white rice, and garnish with cilantro sprigs and remaining 1/2 cup scallions.

Serves 4.

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