Sweet and Sour Chicken Crock Pot Chicken

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Here is one of the perfect easy dinner ideas and recipes you can pull out on a busy day. This sweet and sour chicken recipe only requires four ingredients and very minimal prep for a delicious meal. Just pop all of the recipe's ingredients into your crock pot, and you'll be able to open it up when it's dinner time and enjoy a yummy dinner. The four ingredients you'll need for this recipe include chicken breast, apricot preserves, chilli sauce and a can of crushed pineapple. You'll get a nice tangy flavour with the apricots and crushed pineapple, but these fruits also have a nice sweet flavour to them as well which is why they will give you a sweet and sour chicken, much like you would have at a restaurant. The spicy chilli sauce is great for spicing it up a bit, and you can change the amount of spice you use depending on how spicy you like it. Pineapples and apricots are okay to purchase non-organic since they are on the Clean Fifteen list this year from the Environmental Working Group and they came back with low or no pesticide residues on them. Meat is something you may want to purchase organic though since it's healthier when it comes from organic farms. Animals that are pasture-raised are given a better life than those kept in factory-style settings. You will find that the meat from the animals raised on organic farms also doesn't have as much fat as the factory raised animals and they won't have the antibiotics and hormones either.

Using the best meat for crock pot meals and recipes will only mean that your easy dinner ideas will turn out even better. Cooking meat in your crock pot is a great way to get super tender and flavourful meat. Since it cooks for a long time at a low temperature, the meat doesn't lose a lot of the moisture leaving it nice and juicy. Crock pot meals are great for any night of the week but particularly on those nights when you've just had a busy day. So if you know, you're going to have a super busy day use easy dinner ideas and crock pot meals like this to make sure you have a great dinner to eat when you're home. The crock pot has been around since 1936 when Irving Naxon an inventor, applied for the patent for his cooking device. This cooking device was portable, and it heated food evenly with a cooking vessel called the crock inside a casing with the heating element in it. Irving got the patent in 1940, and he credits his grandmother with the idea for making the invention we all know and love today. The crock pot was inspired by a recipe that she would make when she was growing up in Lithuania called cholent. The cholent recipe involved cooking the food in the residual heat of a bakery oven which would be hot enough to cook the food overnight. So Irving created a modern-day version of the low and slow cooking process in his invention.

The first crock pot was called the Naxon Beanery, and it was on the market by 1950's. In 1970 he was bought out by Rival Manufacturing and called it the Crock Pot. It cost $25 and is still around that same price today for the original style unit. Of course, there are more expensive crock pots these days, but you can still buy a regular crock pot for around $25 or $30. The crock pot became very popular in the 70s when women entered into the American workforce. Crock pot meals became common in most American homes as it provided easy dinner ideas and recipes for families. Try out this crock pot meal and other easy dinner ideas and recipes from Sweet Little Bluebird.***

Nutrition Facts for:Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken from Sweet Little Bluebird
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, apricot preserves, chili sauce, crushed pineapple.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 497, Calories from Fat 128, Total Fat 14.2g 22%, Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%, Cholesterol 168mg 56%, Sodium 691mg 29%, Potassium 543mg 16%, Carbohydrates 36.5g 12%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 24.7g, Protein 55.2g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 43%, Calcium 4%, Iron 15%

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