Sunday, August 3, 2014

Slow Cooker Curried Pineapple Chicken

Who knew clean eating could be this tasty?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new recipe. Summer is a busy time around here. I’ve been juggling working part-time, ramping up my AdvoCare business, and keeping the kiddos entertained while they are on break from school. Which leaves me little time for coming up with—much less testing—new dishes.

Usually I get my inspiration from Pinterest but I came up with this little gem after noticing a can of pineapple on my pantry shelf and wondering what the heck I was going to do with it. Slow Cooker meals are so convenient. I mean, toss all the ingredients in the pot and forget about it for a few hours? Done!

Why curry? Well, first and foremost, it is delicious. Better still, curry powder contains turmeric, an ancient Indian spice with tons of health-enhancing properties….so it’s good for you. Another bonus? This recipe contains veggies and protein so there’s no need to make a salad or other vegetable side dish. Sold!

I served this over brown rice but shirataki noodles would be a great low-carb option. Basically, Slow Cooker Curried Pineapple Chicken = perfection in a Crock Pot. Okay, perfection might be pushing it a little. But it is pretty darn good.

Anyhoo, here’s what I came up with. (Note, this recipe is clean and okay for both the 10-Day Cleanse and 24-Day Challenge.)

Slow Cooker Curried Pineapple Chicken

Serves 6
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 (20-ounce) can of pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice
1 small white onion, chopped (or ½ of a large onion)
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
2 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
1 tablespoon dried curry
1 tablespoon dried coriander
Cilantro (for garnish, optional)

Directions:
Place all ingredients except cilantro in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-5 hours. (Cooking times vary depending on size, make, and model of slow cooker.) Shred chicken just prior to serving with two forks. Spoon Slow Cooker Curried Pineapple Chicken over brown rice, shirataki noodles, or enjoy on its own. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Results:

If you like a sweet and savory dish and/or love pineapple, this is the recipe for you. It is definitely on the sweet side so if you’re a fan of adding a little heat to your curry, grab some Sirracha, chili garlic sauce, or red pepper flakes. The heat is the perfect complement to the pineapple flavor.

The hubs and I are getting ready to kick off another 10-Day Challenge on 8/11/14 and there’s still time to join us if you would like a little extra support. Just email me at Advo949@gmail.com  for complete details.

Until next time,
Ryann

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