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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Crock Pot Thai Chicken and Vegetables

I love it when I can dump a few ingredients into the crock pot for a great meal and one of those is not condensed soup. Not that I don't make a crock pot meal with that every so often but I prefer more fresh ingredients. An previous manager of mine told me she made chicken in the crock pot by just pouring a bottle of the Trader Joe's Red Thai Curry sauce over it and it was great. We often swap slow cooker recipes and both like to eat healthy. I have never cooked with Thai curry sauce but decided to trust her and further expand upon that into a whole meal.

Crock Pot Thai Chicken and Vegetables
serves 4-5

-11 oz bottle of Trader Joe's Red Thai Curry sauce
-1 package of boneless skinless chicken breasts (1.65 oz)
-1 russet potato, chopped
-4-5 carrots, chopped
-1 yellow onion, chopped
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-Fresh ground pepper
-3-4 green onions, chopped for topping

To make it easy to start the crock pot before we go to work, we chop the vegetables the night before and put them in a tupperware filled with water nothing turns brown and they are all crisp in the morning. Place the chicken in the bottom of the crock pot and spread the vegetables (minus the green onions) out over top. Season generously with the fresh ground pepper. Pour the entire bottle of Red Thai Curry sauce over the vegetables and chicken. Set the crock pot on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours). Shred the chicken with a spoon or spatula and stir everything together.

before shredding chicken

after shredding chicken

Serve over brown rice (we like the 90 second microwaveable Uncle Ben's brown rice pouches) and top with chopped green onions. If you want it to be more saucy, you can buy an extra bottle of the curry sauce and top it with a little of that (we did not do this but might next time).

This is what the sauce looks like.

We really liked this dish and it was very easy to prepare. The flavors sort of reminded me of chicken paprika which we haven't made in awhile. We will definitely make this again. If we decided we wanted more of a stew/soup consistency, I have seen the curry sauce paired with coconut milk so we could add that to the crock pot for a soupier version.

There is also a Trader Joe's yellow curry sauce that I am interested to try. Anyone made anything great using any of the TJ's curry sauces? Please share!

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