When I first began my paleo journey, an old neighbor sent me a list of her favorite recipes. Her encouragement made me excited to try new things in my much neglected kitchen. My very favorite was a recipe from PaleOMG for Coconut Mushroom Ginger Chicken. So many of my favorite foods in one recipe!
The original recipe calls for the following ingredients:
- 1lb chicken thighs
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 package shittake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 package crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ sweet onion, thinly chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons fat of choice (I have a mason jar of duck fat in my fridge that I bust out at every occasion, but coconut oil works great in this recipe, too.)
Season (salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder) and cook your chicken thighs in one pan, while simmering your softened garlic and onions with the coconut milk and mushrooms in another large skillet. Once the mushrooms have softened, add the ginger and simmer covered until the chicken is cooked. Then, add the chicken to your sauce pan and cook for a few minutes to let the flavors infuse.
This meal was so good that I was making it in big batches once a week. My husband and I both loved it! The only problem was that coming home from a workout, I wanted to eat immediately and without having to cook up a whole meal. I wondered if this recipe would work in my good friend the crockpot.
I swapped out the chicken thighs for boneless chicken breast and threw the rest of the ingredients on low for 8 hours with a chopped head of broccoli. It was still delicious! I prefer the stove top version because I'm a sucker for crispy chicken skin, but on the days where work and life didn't allow me the luxury of cooking time, this was a lifesaver.
What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?