Sticky Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Chicken

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Y’all, it’s cold outside.

At least that’s what I hear.

I don’t really know because, well, that would mean I would actually have to go outside. Uuum…I’ve seen the frost on the ground in the morning when I wake up.

Homey don’t play that.

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But for real though.

I really haven’t gone outside in a while. Liiiike, maybe a couple of days. Well, maybe it’s more like 10 days.

Don’t judge.

I’ve got a wee one to attend to, and I live in the South. Do you really think Owen has a parka or a snowsuit or a pink bunny costume or whatever it is people wear when it’s below 60 degrees out and the wind is whipping about? I couldn’t bear it if my tiny little pumpkin’s toesies turned blue and fell off in his socks because I just haaaaaaad to go to nowhere in particular.

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That’s like the one good thing about living in the country though.

There really isn’t anywhere for me to go right now. I mean, I can’t go to the walking trail 20 minutes away because it’s cold out and the geese are probably frozen to the ice. Where’s the fun in that? I also can’t go 20 minutes the other way to the Dairy Queen to get a chocolate dipped ice cream cone b/c Lord knows I shoved enough of those in my mouth during my pregnancy, bless my heart. Plus, um hello, it’s freezing out! I also can’t eat ice cream when it’s cold.

Ha! I keed, I keed.

But really, no, I don’t feel bad about not stepping foot outdoors in the cold for the past 10 days and waking up every day around 10am after having already been up at 3:30am and 6:00am and then changing into yoga pants that I will wear for the remainder of the day until my husband comes home and I can finally shower off my sexy new baby spit up perfume and the sweat from the 18 minute workout I busted out before the baby woke up because I had to do at least something somewhat productive other than plastering my precious pumpkin with sugary, slobbery kisses and implementing the torturous task know as tummy time. Ya feel me?

No?

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Ok, fine, so maybe sometimes I slap together something warm and sticky and sweet and savory into the crock pot so we can have a comforting, clean eating meal on these freezing cold nights.

Everyone loves a quick and easy supper that you can just toss into the slow cooker, and this honey pecan chicken really couldn’t be simpler.

Just sear the chicken breasts, throw them into the pot with the other ingredients and walk away. Serve it along side some caramalized brussels sprouts and smoked gouda zucchini and squash casserole and your husband, girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, significant other, or friend with benefits will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day instead of catching up on Downton Abbey while nuzzled up in your king size bed with your kittle cattles now that the baby is asleep again and you finally talked your husband into getting Amazon Prime.

Wait, what?

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Clean Eating Sticky Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Chicken

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2/3 cups raw, local honey
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence (or Italian Seasoning)
  • A dash of ground cinnamon
  • A handful of fresh Italian flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Directions

Step 1
Add coconut oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
Step 2
Season chicken breasts with half of the salt and pepper, add chicken to saute pan, and season the other side w/ remaining salt & pepper.
Step 3
Sear chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly golden brown.
Step 4
While chicken is searing, add garlic, herbs de Provence, and cinnamon to the honey. Stir and set aside.
Step 5
Place seared chicken in the slow cooker (in one layer, if possible), pour honey mixture over the top, sprinkle on the pecans, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Step 6
Once cooked, remove chicken from crock pot, cover w/ aluminum foil, and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Step 7
Once chicken has rested, shred chicken and add back to the sauce or serve breasts whole w/ the sauce drizzled on top w/ a handful of fresh parsley.
Step 8
Serve w/ veggie &/or starch of choice.
Step 9
Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Mia says

    This looks tasty! I wish I’d seen this before I left for work this AM so I could have thrown it in the slow cooker!

    I have been living at the gym for the past couple weeks. The daytime highs have ranged from 3 degrees to 45 degrees – but I’m from the southwest and I hate all of this. Also…I thought I had until July to lose that last few pounds before the wedding, but I’m having my dress made and my dress maker says I need to try to be at my wedding weight by March 1st. AAAGH! So me and the gym are besties. I also bought a Jillian Michaels “DVD” on Amazon Prime…each routine is only about 20 minutes, and they are swift-kick-in-the-pants workouts. Perfect for when its too cold to go to the gym or when your cutey patooty has just dozed off for bit. (I did not get any money for this endorsement. But I totally should)

    • amber says

      Good for you! I’ve been doing a plank & squat 30 day challenge for the past week, and those things are no joke!!!

  2. Melissa says

    I cooked this dish exactly as stated above for 7.5 hrs on low setting and it is beyond burnt. Everything in the crockpot is black and crispy.

    • says

      Oh no, Melissa! I’m so sorry! That definitely shouldn’t have happened (clearly). I really don’t have an answer for you. I’ve made this several times in two different crock pots on hi and low, and I have never had this issue. I’ve also cooked it as long as 8 hrs before, and it has never come close to burning. Every time I’ve made it the chicken has always released enough juice that it wouldn’t really be possible for it to turn black and crispy. I will most certainly test the recipe again, hopefully tomorrow, and report back to you. In the meantime, have you ever had this problem with your crockpot before? Is it a new one? An old one? Again, I’m so, so sorry! :(

      • Melissa says

        I cooked in this crockpot just last weekend and everything turned out great. I have read some other recipes that are similar which suggest to cook the chicken on high for 2 hours or low for 4. I will try again next weekend with these times and see what happens.

        • says

          Yes, please do and let me know how it turns out, and I’ll do the same. Thanks so, so much for letting me know. I truly appreciate it and, again, I apologize!

        • Melissa says

          I just read some reviews on my slow cooker, which is a Euro Pro, and it seems this cooker cooks in half the time of a traditional “crock pot”….maybe this was my issue. Again, I will try this recipe again next weekend for 4 hrs on low and see how it turns out. I must say my house smelled amazing all day today while this was cooking!

          • says

            Oh, wow! Yeah, that may be the issue. I swear the recipe is amazing! We ate it just last week. Let me know how it turns out if you try it again.

  3. Melissa says

    I tried it again today, cooked it for 3 hours on low. Much better. It is a little dry but I’m blaming the slow cooker that cooks fast. I think 2.5 hrs on low would have been sufficient in the Euro Pro. The flavor of the sauce is delicious. I will definitely make this again in the future (in less time, of course)

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