Wednesday, October 29, 2008
These are so much fun to eat! I'm going to tag it "summer cooking" even though we're at the end of October, because this would have been a welcome treat to eat during the hot months---although you can really make this any time you'd like a lighter meal.
I got the idea from a Cooking Light Magazine, and tweaked it to reflect ingredients we had in the house, and for use with the crockpot.
--1 1/2 lbs frozen, skinless breast pieces (I used 3 humongous breast halves)
--10 oz jar mango jam (I couldn't find mango, and used apricot-orange. It was great)
--3 T soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat free are GF)
--1 T sesame oil
--2 chopped garlic cloves
--1 tsp. chili paste (usually found in the ethnic aisle, but you could use red chili flakes)
--1 inch peeled and grated fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ground)
--2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
--1/2 red onion, chopped
--2 whole jalapeno peppers (do NOT cut, just toss in whole)
--1/2 tsp salt
--1/4 tsp black pepper
to add later:
--2 mangoes, peeled and chopped (if you can't find fresh mango, use frozen)
--romaine lettuce leaves
--2 T sesame seeds
I used a 6.5 quart eLume crockpot.
Put the frozen chicken in. Add the jam, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili paste. Chop the garlic, onion, and cucumber. Add that too.
Add spices and ginger. Toss in the whole jalapeno peppers.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-5. The meat is done when it shreds easily with a fork.
Cut the mango now while the kitchen is already dirty and put it in a tupperware for later.
When fully cooked, shred the meat with two large forks, and serve 1/2 cup at a time on large romaine lettuce leaves. Add cubed mango, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
3 out of 4 of us liked this a lot. That is a successful meal, by my judgement, and the 4th who didn't like it wouldn't have liked anything last night.
seriously. she was in a funk.
Adam had 3 wraps for dinner, my youngest had 3 plates of meat with some leftover rice, and I had a wrap, then another for a midnight (8:30 pm) snack.
Very tasty. The whole jalapenos lend a bit of spice and smokiness without being overpowering. My little one did wash down every bite with some ice water, but kept digging in for more.
My eldest ended up eating a quesadilla and an artichoke.
If you like lettuce wraps, I made PF Chang copy-cats earlier in the year.