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sweet and spicy slow cooker cider chicken

I got this recipe from my friend Jaimee at work, and it rocks! I have to say, one of my favorite things about my work is the many awesome people I get to work with. Jaimee is not only fabulous at her job and super organized, she’s also awesomely crafty and makes amazing food. She’s been talking about starting a blog lately and I’m so excited for her to be able to share her awesomeness with the world!

So back to the chicken… It is really easy to make, and so yummy! We had ours with coconut rice (the best rice ever!) and the two were really good together. Anything with apple cider flavor just screams fall to me, and this was a perfect easy fall meal!

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Cider Chicken
adapted from my friend Jaimee

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (I used unfiltered, but I’m sure regular would work fine)
1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used 1/2 teaspoon and it was too tame; Jaimee said she usually uses a lot more)
4-6 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons corn starch

Whisk together vinegar, soda, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker and pour vinegar mixture over the top. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken starts to pull apart. Put the corn starch in a small bowl, and add a little water. Whisk with a fork until the corn starch is dissolved, then add to the chicken mixture. Stir well and cook 15-20 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Shred if desired, and serve over rice. 

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