Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Teriyaki
It wasn’t until a phone call I had with someone in New York last week that I realized most people consider slow cookers to be for fall and winter dishes. From reading my Facebook page, though, I know that most of us (you and I) LOVE our slow cooker in the summer time. There is nothing like having supper ready on a day when it’s 100+ degrees outside and not having to turn on your oven. A slow cooker sure does keep your kitchen a whole lot cooler!
So today I’m bringing you my latest slow cooker recipe that I dreamed up last week. I love chicken teriyaki and I also love cashew chicken so a combination of my favorite ingredients turned out to be a supper that I loved so much, we’re having it again tonight .
Before we go into that though, lets talk about your weekend. Did you have a good one? Ours involved a trip to Sam’s club, a drive through the car wash, and taking the kids to play in the fountains at a local shopping center. On Sunday we went to church and then participated in our church’s first family fun night last night where we all got to watch the premier of the Princess and the Pop Star, the latest VeggieTales movie. After that we had an ice cream social in the church’s gym. I thought our weekend was fun, of course, but since we didn’t travel anywhere or do anything specifically planned it seemed low key to me (I’m used to planning these big Hallmark moment weekend adventures, I can’t help it).
I realized I was very wrong this morning when Katy got up and said “Mama, wasn’t this weekend a blast? It was more fun than playing on a rainbow!”.
Wow! More fun than playing on a rainbow? Now THAT is some kind of fun!
Now keep in mind that the main money we spent this weekend was on groceries. Other than that and the gas we used just piddling around, we may have handed over a whopping $20 total. So to anyone who thinks great time together as a family has to cost a lot of money, here is a recap:
Folks, Katy is right, this is the life!
Check out today’s quote at the bottom of the page for another dose of perspective but in the meantime, I suppose we gotta eat…
You’ll need: Chicken tenderloins, Teriyaki marinade and sauce, cashews…
This is my favorite rice. You can get it near the Asian foods section, it usually isn’t near the regular rice. It’s kind of almond shaped and a friend of mine who is from Korea refers to it as “sticky rice”.
My Mama (and consequently myself) was raised eating rice for breakfast. We like to take hot rice and stir some butter and sugar into it for a quick breakfast, lunch, or even a sweet evening treat. I call it sweet rice and this brand makes the best on earth!
You’ll also need some type of veggie to toss in there towards the end. Go with what your family likes. I just used these.
I put them in the microwave for about two minutes, just enough to thaw them out a bit, then poured them in the slow cooker. One box was plenty and they are so good! You can also use fresh sugar snap peas if you like or any other vegetable that cranks your tractor.
Place your chicken in your slow cooker.
Pour in one cup of teriyaki sauce and add in your cashews if you want them to be cooked and tender.
*If you prefer your cashews to stay crunchy, add them in the next step.
Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Lots of folks might prefer water chestnuts or even peanuts to cashews. If that is you then go for it!
Water chestnuts make me cringe every time I bite into one so I try to avoid them and really only use them in my cooking when I make Chicken lettuce wraps(click here for that recipe), but they’re diced pretty fine for that so they aren’t as noticeable.
After your chicken is fully cooked, add in some sugar snap peas if you like, or other vegetables.
Stir that up and cover again until your veggies are tender.
Serve over rice and enjoy!
This supper is easy, delicious, and easily customizable for your family.
Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life.
Submitted by Jenny
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I’d love to be able to travel more to meet all of you but my personal budget and family time with all that I have going on right now just doesn’t allow for that. In the meantime though, my grateful heart is with you and I sure do appreciate you visiting with me here on Southern Plate!
What did you do this weekend that seemed simple,
but ended up being more fun than playing on a rainbow?