In cold winter months, I am all about making hearty meals for my family. Nothing warms me up more than a steaming hot dish prepared in my slow cooker, such as this amazing and utterly delicious Asian Sesame Chicken.
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There is just something so homey about slow cooker meals. I love it that the kitchen warms up as the food gets cooked. I also love the aroma and mouthwatering smell of food wafting in the air, setting my stomach rumbling as I eagerly await for dinner.
Plus, slow cooker is so convenient as I can potter around in the house, catch up on my TV shows, or read magazines and books when it does its magic.
When it comes to slow cooker recipes, you need a good quantity sauce as much of the flavors of your food will come from the sauce.
For this Asian Sesame Chicken, I used San-J Tamari, which is a premium Japanese soy sauce made with all soybeans, with a richer, smoother taste and naturally brewed. San-J Tamari is made with 100% soy, naturally brewed for up to six (6) months with no wheat.
It’s certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher and Non-GMO Project verified. It’s the only tamari I have in my pantry!
To make the Asian sesame sauce, I mixed San-J Tamari (I used reduced sodium but regular tamari would work just fine) with apple cider vinegar, sugar and sesame oil. I like my chicken pan-fried prior to slow cooking, but you can skip this step.
The recipe is so easy: place the chicken in the slow cooker, add the Asian sesame sauce and let it cook in the slow cooker for 3 hours and dinner is ready.
Despite the simplicity of the recipe, the chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender and deeply flavorful. San-J Tamari infuses the chicken with a wonderful umami flavor, each bite is bursting with flavors. Serve the chicken with rice or noodles and you will have a delicious dinner that your entire family will enjoy.
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This conversation is sponsored by San-J. The opinions and text are all mine.
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How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 404 calories per serving.
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- 20 oz. (600 g) bone-in chicken thighs
- white sesame, for garnishing
- chopped scallions, for garnishing
- 4 tablespoons San-J Reduced Sodium Tamari
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon white sesame
- Pan-fry the chicken on a skillet, with skin-side down. Pan-fry both sides of the chicken until they are nicely browned.
- Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl, stir to combine well.
- Arrange the chicken in the slow cooker, pour in the sauce. Turn heat to high and cook for 3 hours.
- Remove the chicken to a serving platter, garnish with some sesame seeds, scallions and serve immediately.
You may use the different labels of San-J Tamari to make this dish.
Serving Size3 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 404Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 7gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 157mgSodium 1464mgCarbohydrates 7gSugar 6gProtein 28g