Celebration for two!

So, back in January, I made it a goal to step outside my comfort zone and try some new recipes/actually cook a decent meal every once in a while.

My boyfriend and I just had a semi-chill Valentine’s celebration yesterday, and today my boyfriend had his yearly review at work, [which he killed, by the way!], so I decided that today would be a good day to do something a little special for dinner tonight.

We had been going back and forth about buying a Crock-Pot for the apartment, but never really came around to it. Well, today, I got a notification that Target had Crock-Pots on sale for 15 bucks [!!!!!], so naturally, I made my little merry way to Target to buy one! Added bonus, look how stinkin’ cute it is!

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I found a recipe for Slow Cooker Orange Chicken and decided to try it out, [I’ll attach the recipe below], and let me tell you that it is so easy to make! You literally only need 4 ingredients to make this dish so bonus, it’s affordable too!

I also decided to throw together some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies because, hey, I was feeling pretty adventurous today. Who would’ve thought!?

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken 

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce [I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce]
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sweet orange marmalade [I used Smuckers]

Instructions:

  • Cut 3-4 thawed chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks, and cook them in your slow cooker on medium heat for about 1.5 hours [for best results, stir halfway through]. There is no need to add anything, the chicken cooks well in its own juices.
  • While the chicken is cooking, mix together 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, 3/4 cup orange marmalade, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce until well blended.
  • After 1.5 hours, drain the chicken juices from the slow cooker – be sure the juices are drained well, as the sauce will become watery otherwise.
  • Pour your mixture in with the chicken. Be sure that the chicken is well coated and mixed in with the sauce. Cook on medium for an additional 2 hours [you may need to add more time if the chicken is not done]. The sauce may appear runny at first, but it thickens as time goes on/it cools.

Tips:

  • Add red pepper flakes and/or Sriracha sauce to the mixture to turn up the heat – I used red pepper flakes.
  • I added chopped onion and bell peppers at the same time I added the sauce mixture.
  • This chicken is wonderful served with rice.
  • Broccoli and carrots are also a great side for this dish.
  • You may also top the chicken with sesame seeds – I did not.
  • The chicken can be cooked on low, just add more time. Every slow cooker varies, do what is best for you.

Can we also just take a quick second to admire the gorgeous flowers he bought me yesterday for Valentine’s Day, because I can’t stop looking at them throughout everything I’m doing today! xoxo.

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