This five-ingredient crockpot (or Instapot!) is perfect for an easy weeknight meal. The longer the chicken cooks in the crockpot the more fall off the bone tender it is. Serve with a side of rice and some broccoli and it is a perfectly “delightful” (as the five-year-old would say!) dinner.
Weeknight Honey Soy Chicken
Combine all the ingredients together in a measuring cup and stir to combine.
Lay the chicken skin side up in a single layer, pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
If your chicken isn't browned on the top you can put it in the Air Fryer for 3-4 minutes until the skin has crisped up. Alternatively, you can put it under a broiler for 2-3 minutes.
If using an Instapot, follow these notes:
- Combine sauce ingredients, set aside.
- Add oil to pot and add thighs skin-side down. Cook, in batches if needed, until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes, then flip and cook 3 minutes more. Remove chicken from pot.
- Fit Instant Pot with trivet and place thighs skin side up. Pour sauce over the chicken thighs. Secure lid and press the manual setting. Cook on high for 12 minutes and then naturally release pressure.
- Carefully remove thighs and trivet, plate and serve.
This was a surprise win for our family. Even before Miss A’s arrival, we made it a point to eat more fish. Salmon is hard one because done well, it’s amazing. Done poorly, it’s terrible.
On a whim, I tried this Honey-Soy Salmon dish from Parents magazine. It was so easy and even better, Miss A kept asking for more! She wasn’t really a fan of the zucchini, but she also hadn’t had it with the skin still on before.
Toddler Approved: Honey Soy Salmon
Add honey and soy into a zip top bag, squish to mix.
Add the fish and seal the zip top.
Turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours (we marinated for about an hour).
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat broiler. If you have the option of low or high, choose high.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat foil with cooking spray or lightly drizzle oil.
Place fish on foil. Broil 5 to 7 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
We broiled for about 7 minutes total.
While the fish is broiling, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions. Cook about 3 minutes or until just tender; season with salt.
Serve the fish fillets with the zucchini.
Note: if using frozen fillets, be sure to allow to defrost before you marinate. It makes a difference.
The addition of lightly caramelized onions made the salmon even tastier. We will absolutely be making this dish again. Plus it was so easy, we could make it even on the busiest weeknight!
I haven’t been shy about my love for all of AB’s recipes (for example our Christmas ham, gyro meat and a peach buckle). This one started out as a delicious grilled summer meal, but quickly morphed into a scrumptious year round crock pot meal. Extra bonus, we make it ahead and freeze it so it’s super simple to just pop into the crockpot!
Crockpot Alton Brown Pork Loin
Place the lime juice, honey and garlic powder in a ziptop bag and shake to combine.
Add the chipotle pepper (s) and squish together to combine.
Add the pork tenderloin to the bag and seal, removing as much air as possible and squish to coat the tenderloin. (At this point, we usually freeze this mixture together.)
If not freezing, marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 24 hours (we like overnight).
When you're ready to cook, dump the entire mixture into the crockpot, marinade and all. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (Always double-check your specific crockpot settings for correct cooking times).
If you can, flip it once, but if you can't it's ok.
When you're ready to eat, remove the pork loin. Make sure to reserve the juices! We enjoy pouring it over rice to go with the pork.
Like I said above, this is great year round. It’s just as good with a salad as it is over rice. Enjoy!
p.s. Summer 2016 update: without the chipotles in adobo sauce, our toddler eats this up! We just add the chipotles and adobo sauce to our plates.
I always thought baklava was too complex to try at home. Then C found this amazing recipe in The Complete Middle East Cook Book and not only proved me wrong, but it was hands down the best baklava I’ve ever had.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
If your walnuts and almonds are whole, or not ground pretty fine, throw them in the food processor.
Mix the nuts, sugar and spices together in a bowl.
Butter the sides and bottom of a large baking dish.
Place one sheet of the fillo dough on the bottom of the baking dish and brush with melted butter. Repeat eight times.
Spread some of the nut mixture over the buttered fillo dough. Top with another sheet of fillo dough.
Top with a second sheet of fillo dough.
Spread the remaining nut mixture over butter fillo dough.
Top with the remaining nine sheets of fillo dough, making sure to butter each sheet. Brush the top with butter and using a sharp knife, cut a diamond shape and sprinkle with water to prevent the top layers from curling.
Bake on the center shelf for 30 minutes.
Then move up one shelf and cook for another 30 minutes. You'll want to keep an eye on it, if the top browns too quickly, cover with foil.
While the baklava is cooking, make the syrup. Note: we've discovered the longer the syrup sits, the better it is. We've even canned it for later.
Place the sugar, water and honey in a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Be careful! This boils quickly and the last thing you want is for the mixture to boil over. Manage your heat and let boil for 15 minutes. We found stirring continuously helps prevent boil overs.
When the baklava is done baking, spoon the syrup over the pastry. Leave it alone for several hours (this step is the hardest, but I promise it is worth it).
My opinion: This recipe takes more than the hour of baking time and makes at least 30 pieces. You might want to cut them small, unlike some treats this is best in small, completely satisfying quantities.