Wednesday, March 31, 2010

all while waiting for sauce to thicken

Last night's dinner was an adventure.  Let's back up to Monday, when I went to SuperTarget to shop and discovered they had boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a price somewhere around $2.29/lb.  I was pretty sure I could find a better price, so I passed.  Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon.  I go to my go to spot for chicken thighs (Stater Bros.) to discover they don't even have any in the store.  I was bummed because I was tired and wanted to get home and get dinner started.  So I had to go back to SuperTarget.  Imagine the joy this bargain shopper had when I got to the chicken thighs and found they had a $3.00 off coupon on the package!  This bumped the price of the chicken thighs I got to just under $.99/lb.  Oh yea!!!

Well, I got home and got started on dinner.  The recipe from the Southern Living Slow Cooker Cookbook was Sweet Glazed Chicken Thighs.  Putting it all together to put in the slow cooker is speedy; I think I had it together in less than 6 minutes.  So I sat back and relaxed while they got going.  Little did I know the hard part was yet to come.

When the chicken is ready (tested with a thermometer), the recipe states: "Whisk together water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to sauce in slow cooker, increase heat to HIGH.  Whisk constantly until sauce begins to thicken, about 6 minutes later."  What happened six minutes later?  Besides an arm cramp, absolutely no thickness - none.  So I added more cornstarch...and then a little more....and then, at the 15 minute mark - I gave up.  So we had chicken and rice.  Nothing else.  Sad dinner.  I was even going to get some broccoli going, but my arm hurt!  The saving grace for the recipe is the chicken is really good and tender, if a bit dry. 

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