Friday, June 10, 2011

"Coq au Jus de Pomme"

I learned French today while flipping through a recipe book.  I found a recipe for Coq au Vin which literally means Rooster in Wine.  So I swapped out the wine and we had "Rooster in Apple Juice." :)  (I imagine grape juice would be closer to the real thing but I already have sugar free apple juice in the fridge and wasn't exactly wanting to go buy some more juice to just have the leftovers hang out.)  And yes, I know that alcohol bakes off while it is cooking but I don't even want to buy it--so this is avoiding the appearance of evil all together.

Best part about this delicious chicken dinner...  It is EASY!  It uses a crock pot (I love crock pots!!!  Dinner is ready when you come home and your kitchen stays nice and cool!)  It has a fast prep!  It is healthy and low calorie!!
Remember... don't judge a recipe by the picture.
We were kind of impatient and just wanted to eat rather than get a  "perfect picture."
Oh... and in case you read the post called "Half My Plate" and are looking at this picture wondering where the "half" is (because starchy potatoes don't really count as a veggie)... allow me to explain!  First of all... there are carrots and mushrooms mixed in with the chicken and bacon pieces.  And there is fruit not pictured.  But more importantly those starchy looking mashed potatoes is actually cauliflower.  Most of our dinner was fruits or veggies tonight. :)

So... dust off your crock pot and prepare yourself to enjoy Rooster in Apple Juice. :)

1 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. minus 1 T. sugar free apple juice
1 T. basalmic vinegar
1/2 t. Thyme
1 T. cornstarch (plus extra at the end)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
4-6 slices of turkey bacon
2-3 frozen (yes, FROZEN) chicken breasts (I used two and they were kind of large.  Ours made 4-5 servings.  Try and guess accordingly when you make this...)
1 bag (16 oz) baby carrots
1 box (8 oz) sliced mushrooms
1 onion, sliced (I just used frozen, prechopped onion instead because it was faster)
(In the future, I'm going to add some sliced celery too)

Combine the chicken broth, apple juice, vinegar, thyme, cornstarch, salt and pepper in the crockpot until mixed.  Cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and microwave until crispy.  Add the (boneless, skinless) chicken breasts then the veggies and bacon to the crock pot.  Turn it on HIGH for 2-3 hours and then LOW for 4-6 hours.  (If you are using thawed chicken breasts, it would probably cook on high for 3-4 hours OR low for 7-8 hours--not a combination of both.)

About 1/2 hour before you are ready to eat, turn the crock pot back to high.  In a cup mix a small amount (maybe 1-2 T) of cornstarch with about the same amount of cold water until it is completely mixed.  Take the chicken breasts out of the crock pot and stir in the liquid cornstarch.  Quickly replace the lid.  Cut (or shred) the chicken into bite sized pieces.  Then stir it back into the crockpot and replace the lid.  Let it keep cooking for 10-20 more minutes to thicken up the sauce.  Bon Appetit! :)

Yes, I know I said it is low calorie.  It is.  I just don't know what exactly.  You can figure it out and tell me! ;)
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