Indonesian Peanut Butter Chicken

As mentioned in a previous post I came across a couple of wonderful cook books that are filled with entirely gluten free recipes AND all of these recipes are created in the slow cooker. My favorite part of these books was that not only is everything gluten free, but also there are "normal" ingredients in every recipe. Just as I do not like to eat ingredients I cannot pronounce, but I also do not like when I have to run around to a bunch of different stores to find the ingredients I need to make some new recipe.

With all the icky rainy weather we've been having lately I just did not feel like spending my time in front of the stove making a mess and making dinner. I wanted to be able to use whatever I had in my cupboard already and make something that tasted wonderful and required limited dishes. I reached for my list of super easy slow cooker recipes from Stephanie O'dea's book titled  "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking.

What a treat this one turned out to be! Fast, easy and used only a few favorite.

Serves 4
The Ingredients
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground ginger
16-18 frozen chicken drumettes (I used 6 chicken drum sticks)
Red pepper flakes

The Directions
Use a 4 quart slow cooker. Put the peanut butter into the stoneware and turn the cooker to high to begin the melting. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, cayenne and ginger. Stir to combine. Add chicken, and toss to coat. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Add water if sauce doesn’t look thin enough to cover the chicken well.
Your meal is done when the chicken is cooked through and has reached desired tenderness. The longer you cook it, the more tender it will become, but it may fall off the bone if you cook it too long.
If your slow cooker isn’t at least two-thirds full, keep an eye on it so the peanut butter doesn’t burn. You may need to stir it a few times.
Serve with rice.
*I felt that the sauce was too thick, so I added approximately 1 cup of water to thin it out and ensure the larger sized pieces of chicken were full covered to avoid dryness.

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