Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturday! Hopefully you have been visiting and keeping track of all of these delicious slow cooker recipes. Hopefully you have put some into your meal rotation, and hopefully you have loved whatever you have tried.
I am really enjoying getting to know my slow cooker, we were estranged for quite a while. It is good to be on speaking terms again.
For many of you tomorrow is a pretty big deal. The two deemed "best" football teams in the United States battle against each other to determine who is, for this year, the best national football team.
I have heard that this is a pretty big deal...
More importantly than the football, rumor has it that this is also a day for mass quantities of finger foods, snack platters, and all together grazing merriment.
Perfect, that is my idea of a good day...well, take or leave the professional football. College football, for sure. Professional, eh not so much.
Anyway back to the food...I will stick to my forte.
These sliders are ah-mazing. Like sauce dripping off your chin amazing. Like lick your fingers, forgo the napkin amazing.
So basically, I liked them a whole lot.
The chicken is delightful. The sauce.....
Oh heavens, the sauce...
I have had similar reactions to sauce before, like with the Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. I guess I am a sucker for good sauces.
Another thing that makes this sandwich so awesome is the glazed pineapple that tops the shredded chicken. I am growing fond of putting pineapple on sliders. I have used marinated pineapple before in my Banzai Sliders.
This glazed pineapple was heavenly and it was super easy to glaze the rings.
A couple of tablespoons of butter go swimming in a saute pan.
While the butter is melting, sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar on the top of each pineapple ring. I pressed the sugar into the pineapple a bit.
Place brown sugar side down in the butter. Let that side warm and almost caramelize. While that side is cooking, sprinkle another teaspoon of brown sugar over the top of each ring.
Flip the pineapple ring over and cook the other side until both sides are golden and glazed like this.
See doesn't the pineapple ring seem to complete the little slider.
Chicken: Pineapple, you complete me...
Pineapple: Yeah, I know!
Sweet Hawaiian Roll: Don forget me. You two wouldn't be any kind of slider with out me.
Sorry about that. I had no idea they were going to start chatting it up.
This little slider makes a perfect dinner. It is a perfect party appetizer. You could serve it, at say, a really important sporting event...
I think we all know what I am talking about...
The table tennis quarterfinals.
Uh, I mean the Super Bowl.
Yeah, that is what I meant.
Happy Slow Cooker Saturday.
Hawaiian Chicken Sliders
adapted from Cooking Classy
2 large chicken breasts
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 1/2 teaspoons molasses
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon cold water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
glazed pineapple rings
10-12 Hawaiian rolls
10-12 pineapple rings (fresh or canned)
2 teaspoons of brown sugar per ring
1-2 Tablespoons of butter
In a bowl, whisk together ketchup, pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, molasses, coconut extract, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours.
Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Set it aside.
Strain the sauce from the crock pot with a fine mesh strainer, separating the fat from the liquid. Discard the fat, keep the liquid. Whisk together the cold water and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Pour into the main sauce. Then whisk in the tomato sauce until everything is combined. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring often. Reduce and simmer for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Return the chicken to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
Split the Hawaiian rolls in half, top with a heaping spoonful of shredded chicken and a ring of glazed pineapple.
ALSO, I wanted you guys to know that I finally got my act together and added a Slow Cooker category to my Recipe Index. Now all the slow cooker fun can be found in one place. Yippee!