After my dad and M visited, they had left me with some chicken thighs, clementines, carrots, and celery. I didn’t have any plans for them but decided to throw them together into something. Somehow they all worked together and made something delicious. I served it on top of rice to take advantage of the sauce.
Sometimes I bookmark recipes and forget about them. This was one of those. You scroll past “chicken teriyaki” thinking, well, I’ve already made versions of that before so why would I make a different one? But I decided to click on it anyway and sure enough, it needed to be made. It was both simple, and slightly different since you cook the sauce and meat separately. It isn’t the usual method but I decided to see how it would work. We ended up loving the sauce. K said he wanted it on everything. It was sweet without being too sweet, and it had a bit of salt to it, but nothing too crazy. When I used beef teriyaki sauce on chicken it seemed too strong. This sauce is perfect for chicken!
Apparently I made a bunch of seasonal summery foods this year, and I am running out of time to share them before it is essentially Christmas. I apologize. But at the same time, I don’t. If you’re like me, you might make some recipes immediately upon seeing them, or you might save them for later to get re-excited about them, OR you might even make dishes during the “wrong” time of the year.
Now that we have a grill, I have been using it multiple times a week each week. It’s less about not heating up the house and more about just enjoying the way the food tastes. Most weeks I grill chicken thighs with some seasoning and either yogurt/sour cream/mayo/olive oil rubbed on top. The second part helps keep the chicken moist as it grills. K really likes the outside of the chicken to get a little dry and this technique has allowed me to do that, making almost a bit of a crust, while allowing the inside to be moist and tender.
I’ve made jambalaya, and I guess I assumed I had made gumbo…but nope. This was a first. I don’t even know if I’ve eaten it before. So, this is not the place to come for confirming authenticity. In fact, I’m pretty sure this should be spicy. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we are weaklings here. I also added more vegetables because I wanted it to be more of a one-pot meal (1 bell pepper and 2 ribs of celery to serve 6?). I also could barely find kielbasa at my local grocery store, so andouille was out of the question. We enjoyed this, and I liked the mix of chicken with sausage.
I’m here to share a relatively simple recipe that I’ve been making many iterations of recently. To start, you could change the meat and/or vegetable. You could also change the ingredients and amounts…this is a working recipe you can follow strictly, but it is best if you experiment. Sometimes I need more or less of an ingredient (or cooking time) depending on how everything is cooking.
Sometimes I get really tired of slow cooker meals. They can be easy but not always full of flavor. This one manages to still pack flavor while being relatively simple with the ingredients. I also like that it uses boneless and skinless chicken thighs, which aren’t often called for with slow cooker recipes.