Thank God for the CrockPot!
I mean that with all sincerity. My son woke up yesterday morning at 4am. You should have seen the look on my face. I was not a happy camper. Then the day never did slow down. But that is just life. And life can get so crazy sometimes too. As if keeping up with the house and the kids were not enough to stress a woman out, then there is work and doctor visits, and weddings to attend and family memories to make and grocery shopping and that list just goes on and on.
It used to be that I never used my crockpot but that is not the case anymore. There are some dishes that I prefer to cook the way they were originally intended. Chicken parmesan is one of those dishes. Certain dishes just don’t hold up well in a slow cooker when it comes to texture. However, this sweet maple chicken cooks lovely in the crockpot.
It’s one of my favorites too because there is something magical about the way it makes the house smell that I never grow tired of, perhaps it is the combination of the syrup marinating with the apples. It has a certain aroma to it that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The perfect recipe for cooler weather!
You’ll come home and open your front door after a long day at work and be greeted with the over whelming feeling of rest. It’s the sort of feeling that you get while sitting next to a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa on a cool autumn evening in a clean living room that has no trace of toddlers. Don’t get me wrong, I love my toddlers. It’s just that a clean house is so much cozier.
Sweet Maple Chicken In The CrockPot
This recipe quickly won it’s place into the hearts of our family and I’m sure it will do the same in yours.
As the seasons change my husband looks forward to the smell that this dish has to offer.
It’s a crime really, that a mother and father work so hard everyday, only to end up so tired in the evenings after picking up their children from after school programs. I once had a mother tell me that she hated day light savings because it robbed her of outdoor time with her children. It’s so true. Long days, followed by stress in the kitchen are not how a parent should spend the few moments they have with young children. A mother and father should be able to come home, kick off their shoes and bond with their kids. As the moon comes out way too early, the outdoor play should be replaced by fairy tales and rolling around on the floor. A parent should be able to enjoy the time they have with their kids before they go to bed. You shouldn’t have to feel rushed to feed the family and get everyone ready to bed, only to do the same thing the next day. I hope that once your family tries this recipe that they will love it as much as my family does. I hope that it allows you to have extra time to laugh with your kids and not worry about whether or not they will eat a new meal. (let them see you put all that syrup in there – they will eat it!) I hope that you enough time tonight after dinner to embrace the young lives of your children and that you don’t just worry about whether or not they are ready for the next day.
- 5 large chicken breast
- 3 cups of maple syrup
- 2 cups of Zesty Italian Dressing
- 2 onions
- 4-5 apples of choice (sliced and peeled)
- In a large crockpot combine your italian dressing and syrup. Arrange a layer of chopped onions according to desired size in the crockpot. Follow this with a layer of cut apples. Make sure that they apples have been peeled. Add boneless, skin-less, chicken breast that has had all of the fat removed. Mix together ingredients until the chicken has been fully covered by sauce and the distribution of the italian dressing and syrup looks even. Then place on high for 6 hours. Recipe can be placed on low for eight if needed.