Slow Cooker Almond Butter Chicken

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I’m SUPER excited to share this almond butter chicken recipe with you guys! I’ve made this a few different times when we’ve had guests over for dinner, and it’s always been a hit! Best part is that it is packed with nutrition!

Not only is this meal loaded with a plethora of veggies, but the sauce contains almond butter, which means it contains almond, which means it contains all the health benefits of almonds!

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Another bonus is that it is a slow cooker recipe, so it’s REALLY easy to make! I always pair it with some wild rice cooked in coconut aminos and olive oil. It goes perfectly with this dish, and provides a healthy kick of carbs without any gluten!

SLOW COOKER ALMOND BUTTER CHICKEN WITH WILD RICE

Ingredients: (makes 4 – 6 servings)

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 cups snap peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar peas, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup almond butter (you can use chunky or smooth)
  • 1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cumin (to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder

For the Wild Rice:

  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos

Directions:

1.) In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce, except the arrowroot powder. Stir until smooth and completely combined. Set aside 1/4 cup of the sauce.

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2.) Brush the bottom of the slow cooker with olive oil. Add the chicken, followed by the veggies, and then pour the sauce (minus the 1/4 cup that you set aside) over the top. Cook on low for 4 – 6 hours.

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3.) When there is 30 to 60 minutes left of cooking time, mix the arrowroot powder with the 1/4 cup sauce that you set aside, make sure that it is combined completely, and there are no chunks of arrowroot. Add to the slow cooker, and stir up the chicken and veggies. Cook for the remaining time.

4.) While the chicken and veggies are cooking for the remaining time, prepare your rice. Place all of the ingredients for the rice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover, and let cook for 30 – 40 minutes, depending on how tender or firm you like your rice. Once it is done, and all of the liquid is absorbed in the rice, prepare your plates with the almond butter chicken sided with the wild rice. Season with sea salt and pepper, if desired.

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Yes! It tastes as good as it looks! Delicious! Enjoy! 🙂

 

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CASHEW CHICKEN

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I recently bought a slow cooker, so I have been looking on Pinterest for some good slow cooker recipes.  I found this one from the following pin the other day, and made it for dinner last night.

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This is a pretty healthy recipe as is, but as usual, I made a few minor changes to make it even healthier.  I was so pleased with how my first slow cooker recipe turned out that I can’t wait to make more recipes using this fantastic contraption that makes my life much easier!  Being able to throw everything in the cooker and then the cooker basically does everything else for you is a huge time saver!

If you’ve ever had cashew chicken at a chinese restaurant, you know how delicious it is!  This recipe is MUCH healthier and tastes just as good (my favorite kind of recipe – super healthy, but tastes like you’re getting away with something!).  Other than cutting up a few veggies, the cooker does everything else for you, so it’s super duper easy!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CASHEW CHICKEN

Ingredients: Makes 3-4 servings

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup whole cashews
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small tomato chopped into small pieces
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth

Directions:

1.) Chop your broccoli, carrots and chicken breasts.  Set aside.

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2.) In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, chopped tomato, stevia, garlic powder, and ginger.  Set aside.

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3.) The hardest part is done – told you this was a super duper easy recipe!  Now we just need to fill the slow cooker!  Place the chopped veggies, chicken, and cashews in the cooker.

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4.) Pour your sauce in the cooker over the veggies and chicken.

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5.) If necessary, add the water or chicken broth so the veggies and chicken are almost completely covered.  Cook in your cooker for 2-4 hours on high, or 4-8 hours on low.

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6.) When done cooking, season with sea salt and pepper and serve!

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You’re going to love this stuff, and you can feel great about putting it in your body – super good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂