Sweet-And-Sour Chicken with Mango Lettuce Wraps


Hold on to your seats people! This is a winner dinner and I really mean it! I have been cooking in the slow cooker just about everyday for the past 6 months.  This was my very favorite and I highly recommend it.  It’s very messy but so fun to eat with your family! I adapted this recipe is from a cookbook by Stephanie O’dea called “Make It Fast, Cook It Slow!” I changed it to fit the needs of my family and I.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast pieces
  •  1 (10 ounce) jar apricot jam
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil                                                                                          
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion chopped                                       
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • romaine lettuce leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions: Use a 4 quart slow cooker (my favorite as you know by now). Put the chicken into the bottom of the slow cooker. I used tenderloins since that was on sale and as you get to reading my blog you will see that my husband (Jim) is very thrifty or as I like to say, CHEAP. Add the jam, soy sauce (I used gluten-free) and sesame oil. Add the garlic, onion , salt, black pepper and ginger.   Toss in the whole jalapeno peppers and the cucumbers. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours (I recommend doing low because the chicken is way better that way).  Cut the mangoes up and store in container for later. When the chicken has fully cooked, shred the chicken with two large forks, and spoon 1/2 cup at a time on large romaine lettuce leaves.  Add the mango, squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Thats it!!  I found this to be very simple to make and put together and my family went crazy for the taste!  My husband has asked me every week to make  it and has even said he would clean up after!  I know I have made something great when my husband actually volunteers to do the clean up after just to get me to make it!  Please comment below and let me know what you think!!

Little Debbie Tip: I bought the onions already cut up from Publix. Save yourself the time and don’t cut up the onion yourself!

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