Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eva Gates’ Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken




Please welcome today's guest, EVA GATES, author of the lighthouse library series and AKA that energizer bunny, Vicki Delany.  Eva's an entertaining author and a terrific cook. We've been lucky enough to be invited to her farmhouse table for an excellent meal and good company. Today she's sharing an easy and delicious recipe and giveaway.  Read to find out more.

Take it away, Eva!



          
Sometimes, even on the hottest summer days, you just feel like a hearty, hot meal. And that’s where your slow cooker shines.  No need to heat up the kitchen, just pop the chicken in the pot with a quick and easy sauce, turn it on, and head off to the beach or out to the swimming pool.

I love this dish, and it’s very economical too.  Rather than buying expensive chicken parts, get a whole chicken when it’s on sale and hack it to pieces.  Because the meat will be removed from the bones before being served, you don’t need to worry about appearances or ensuring all the pieces are similar size for serving presentation.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken


Ingredients:


3 – 4 pound chicken, whole
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp cornstarch

Directions:









Cut the chicken into pieces, and remove skin.

Place chicken pieces into the slow cooker.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper flakes.




Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 5 – 6 hours until the chicken is fully cooked to the point of sliding easily off the bone.  .



Remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker and place them on a cutting board.





Cut the chicken meat off the bones and shred the meat into small pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and discard the bones.


Whisk together the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of cold water.
Transfer the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes.


Add the chicken to the saucepan, stir into the sauce until all the chicken is coated.




Serve over rice or small tubular pasta with a green vegetable.



Enjoy!

This recipe freezes very well.

(I found this recipe at http://www.justataste.com/slow-cooker-crock-pot-honey-garlic-chicken-recipe/ and made some adjustments of my own)

Eva Gates is the author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The first in the series, By Book or By Crook, was released in February and the second, Booked for Trouble, will be out September 1st.  Eva is the pen name of bestselling author Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers.

Eva can be found at www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com and Vicki at www.vickidelany.com

Follow Eva on Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor and Vicki at https://www.facebook.com/Vicki.Delany.


Eva is offering an ARC (advanced review copy) of Booked for Trouble to one lucky reader (USA OR CANADA) at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen Just leave a comment to enter the draw.


74 comments:

  1. The Honey Garlic Chicken looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Please enter me in the giveaway for I would love to win. :-)
    Thank you.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Such a fabulous slow-cooker chicken recipe; and the book definitely sounds like a wonderful read! EMS591@aol.com

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  3. I bet I can guess one of the adjustments--subbing in blackberry jam for the honey, right? Love it! I am going to try it with chicken tenders!

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    1. Oh, dear. Looks like somehow the honey got missed. So sorry. Yes, you need 1/2 cup honey. The recipe will be fixed in a minute.

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  4. I hope you all enjoy the dish (too bad I can't teleport it to the winner as well!)

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  5. Looking forward to Booked for Trouuble.
    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  6. Oh that dish sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing it. Can't wait to read the new book.

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  7. I loved the first book and can't wait to read the second!
    meeshpsych@aol.com

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  8. That recipe looks delicious! I loved By Book or By Crook and can't wait to read the new one!

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    1. I hope you liked the protagonist's name, too, Lucy.

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  9. Thanks, Eva! I love your covers and am looking forward to Booked for Trouble! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  10. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.
    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  11. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.
    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  12. Love the garlic chicken recipe. I use my slow cooker alot along with my electric pressure cooker for the veggies. Look forward to the new book.
    Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  13. This looks delicious and you'd get many meals from it. Can't wait to read another of your mysteries. cheltgirl60@me.com

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  14. I am very curious about the sauce for the recipe. Looking forward to trying it.

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  15. Your slow cooker Honey Garlic Chicken looks good going to print the recipe and try it soon. I read By Book or By Crook and reviewed it on my blog http://acozygirlreads.blogspot.ca/ I would love a chance to win Booked for trouble. Very happy your giveaway is open to Canada. I live in Canada so thank you My email is sweething99@hotmail.com

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  16. I'm always looking for new things to do with chicken.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Can never have to many chicken recipes, Sandy.

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  17. I think I'll try that recipe---YUM! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  18. Looks great! Looking forward to Booked for Trouble.

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  19. Thanks for the contest! The recipe looks good! crossxjo@hotmail.com

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  20. Awesome. Thank you for the chance! Looking forward to reading Booked for Trouble!📖

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  21. I love slow cooker recipes, and I'm really enjoying By Book or by Crook. Looking forward to finishing it and then reading Booked for Trouble. rencw@verizon.net

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    1. Glad you like it, Renee.

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  22. You're making me hungry! I am looking forward to reading this book!

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  23. Wow I am going to make that one as it is easy to make and must make the kitchen smell so good . Thank you for offering one of your newest to one of us! ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. One of the things I really enjoy about a slow cooker is the marvellous smells that fill the house all day.

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  24. Thanks for this lovely feature, great recipe and interesting book giveaway. I have read all of your novels set in Canada and they are memorable. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Memorable is good! Thanks.

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  25. Delectable recipe and delightful book which I would enjoy. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. By Book or By Crook was terrific! Splitrock Lighthouse (MN) has many fond memories for me.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  27. Love the recipes. Sounds like great cozy mystery.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  28. Thanks for sharing your recipe; it sounds so good! And thank you for the chance to win. The lighthouse sounds like my kind of place and I am look forward to reading this one! Loved the first book. jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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  29. Youve made me so hungry! Hahah
    Thanks for a chance at yout givraway!! 💖

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  30. The artwork for the cover is wonderful! Ourbookaddiction at gmail

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    1. The covers are beautiful, I agree. I love them. Can't wait so see what they do for Reading Up a Storm, the next book.

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  31. Thanks everyone for commenting. Happy cooking!

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  32. I love using a slow cooker! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  33. Oh my goodness, that looks great! And I can't wait to read the book, too.

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  34. thank you for this recipe!!
    I've shared it with a friend who loves to slow-cook......

    thank you for the giveaway.....

    congrats to Eva & continued success!!

    cyn209 at juno dot co,m

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  35. Chicken sounds good and easy. Thanks for.recipe and chance on the book.
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  36. Chicken sounds good and easy. Thanks for.recipe and chance on the book.
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  37. I have only recently come into the world of slow cooking. It really is rather wonderful.
    This sounds like a great way to enjoy your day and then dinner, too.

    The idea of a library in a lighthouse is marvelous. I look forward to getting hooked on the series.

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  38. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Please enter me in contest. I am looking forward to reading Booked for Trouble,

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  39. I love cooking in my slow cooker and the Honey Garlic Chicken sounds wonderful. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win an ARC copy of Booked for Trouble.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  40. Can't wait to try that recipe! I'd love to win the book. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  41. Using the slow cooker during the work week makes my life so much easier, I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try. I really enjoyed the first Lighthouse book and am looking forward to this one. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. bhandy1661@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks. I'm new to a slow cooker, and wonder how I ever managed without it.

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  42. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am looking forward to reading Booked for Trouble. I have not had much time in my reading schedule for pleasure reading lately! I have enjoyed cozy mysteries since I discovered them over ten years ago. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  43. Mmmmm...yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe and for the chance at your book!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  44. The Honey Garlic Chicken sounds amazing and so does the book - would love to win the giveaway. rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  45. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the chance to win your book and also for the recipe.

    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  46. Thanks for the recipe. Also thank you for writing. I look forward to reading your latest book. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  47. Your chicken sounds tantalizing just like your books. I find a library in a lighthouse to be so exciting and would love to be the librarian of one. Thanks for recipe and the change to win an ARC. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Isnt' that why we love books? We can live our dreams in the pages!

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  48. This looks delicious. Excited about the new book. Really enjoyed the first one.
    frybbe (@) gmail.com

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  49. I would love to win the ARC of Booked For Trouble! I really liked the first book in the series. Thanks for the chance!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  50. Ah slow cookers - the magic touch to so many wonderful recipes. It elevates me from an okay cook to a good one :)
    jenne.turner(at)unt.edu

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    1. I've only just started using a slow cooker. Can't believe who much I've been missing!

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  51. That recipe sounds great, I love my slow cooker. I loved the first book in this series.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  52. Sounds good. I will try it and I loved the first book In the series!

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  53. This recipe looks yummy. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  54. I enjoyed the first book of the series. Am looking forward to the next!

    ejbs3s@yHoo.com

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  55. Yum on your recipe...all this sounds delicious and your cover looks wonderful.
    Thank you...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  56. Thanks so much for your comments everyone. I always love being at MLK! A winner will be chosen shortly and notified.

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  57. This recipe looks delicious - I can't wait to try it! I loved the first book in the series, By Book or By Crook and can't wait to read Booked for Trouble!

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  58. Love the cover. It contains my two favorite things - cats and books.
    elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  59. I tried this recipe over the weekend and it was a big hit with the family!!! Definitely going into my recipe notebook. Thanks for a great meal. Love your first book, too!!

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    1. Glad to hear it! Another happy customer! (book and recipe)

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