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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls

Broccoli and slightly-spicy Asian chicken make a perfect combination in this Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowl that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com

One day I started thinking about how take-out Chinese food often comes with broccoli, and that’s what inspired this recipe for Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls. It was a simple enough idea, slightly spicy Asian chicken cooked in the slow cooker and then served over steamed broccoli in a bowl, but it took Kara and I a few different tries to come up with a version we thought was a winner.

We first made this with trimmed and cut-up boneless, skinless chicken thighs, and if you don’t mind the work of trimming them, they’ll work great in the recipe. But we experimented with cut-up boneless, skinless chicken breasts and decided they were so much easier and worked well if you don’t stir too enthusiastically (that will make the chicken shred apart). We also tried a version with sugar-free orange marmalade, which didn’t appeal to either of us.

The final keeper version uses sugar-free apricot preserves. The sugar-free preserves do have artificial sweetener, so if you don’t want to use that just look for no-sugar-added apricot preserves instead. That will make the carb count a bit higher, but this is still a pretty diet friendly dish. One ingredient we used that some people may not be familiar with is Tamarind Sauce. If you can’t find that (or don’t want to buy it), just replace with a little more apricot preserves.

Kara tested this out on her kids the day we made, and even though we thought it was slightly spicy, she reported back that the kids gobbled it up. You can use less Chili Garlic Sauce if you’re making this for kids. (If you don’t want to use a slow cooker you could use the recipe for Easy Spicy Asian Chicken which has very similar ingredients and just serve it over broccoli.)

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com
Cut up chicken breasts into largish bite-sized pieces. Mix apricot preserves, soy sauce, sesame oil, Chili Garlic Sauce, garlic powder, ginger puree, Tamarind Sauce (or more preserves), granulated Stevia, and brown sugar (or more Stevia). Put chicken and sauce in slow cooker and cook on high about 2 1/2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com
Be prepared for the mixture to look a little unappealing when it’s done because there will be some bits of cooked protein from the chicken. Gently drain chicken in a colander placed in the sink, catching the sauce. (I strained it through a fine strainer.) Put chicken back in the slow cooker and turn to low; put the sauce in a small pan and reduce over low heat until it’s as thick as you’d like it, about 20 minutes. Gently combine sauce and chicken in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com
When the sauce is just about thickened, steam or microwave the broccoli to the level of crispness you prefer. (We microwaved it for just barely over a minute to keep the broccoli slightly crisp.) Divide broccoli between four or six bowls and spoon some chicken and sauce over each.

Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com
Serve hot, sprinkled with sesame seeds and with a sauce like Sriracha to add at the table for those who’d like more heat.
Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls
(Makes 4-6 servings, depending on what else you serve it with. Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara, after quite a few experiments that weren’t quite the one!)

Equipment:

I would use a 3 to 4 Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.

Ingredients:
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4-6 chicken breasts)
6-8 cups cut up broccoli florets
sesame seeds, for garnish
Sriracha Sauce for serving, optional

Sauce Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar-free apricot preserves (or use no-sugar-added apricot preserves if you don’t want artificial sweetener)
3 T soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 T Chili Garlic Sauce (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ginger puree (from a jar; sold near the produce in most stores and also called ground ginger)
3 T Tamarind Sauce (or use more apricot preserves if you don’t want to buy Tamarind
1 T granulated Stevia
1 T brown sugar (or use another tablespoon of Stevia if you prefer)

Instructions:
Trim fat and any undesirable parts from the chicken breasts and cut into largish bite-sized pieces. Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray and put the chicken into the slow cooker.

Whisk together the apricot preserves, soy sauce, sesame oil, Chile Garlic Sauce, garlic powder, ginger puree, Tamarind sauce (or more apricot preserves), Stevia, and brown sugar (or more Stevia.) Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir so all the chicken pieces are coated with sauce. Cook on HIGH for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is done.

Don’t be alarmed if the dish looks rather unappealing when it’s first finished cooked, because there will be some bits of cooked protein floating in the sauce. Drain chicken in a colander, catching the sauce. (I strained the sauce again with a fine strainer.)

Put the chicken back into the slow cooker and turn to low to keep it warm. Simmer the sauce over low heat until it’s as reduced and thickened as you’d like, about 20 minutes. Pour thickened sauce back into the slow cooker and VERY GENTLY stir so the chicken is coated with the sauce. (If you stir too vigorously the chicken will shred apart.)

When the sauce is nearly thickened, steam or microwave the broccoli until it’s as crisp as you prefer. (We put the broccoli in an 8-cup glass measuring cup and microwaved on high for a little over a minute.)

Divide the broccoli among bowls and top each with some of the chicken and sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve Sriracha on the side for people who want to add a little more heat.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

This recipe does have carbs from the apricots, Tamarind sauce, (and the brown sugar if you use that) so it would be limited to phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet and probably a bit high in carbs for most low-carb diet plans.

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Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls found on KalynsKitchen.com
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20 comments on “Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Broccoli Bowls”

  1. I love slow cooker Asian-inspired dishes. Can this one use tamarind concentrate (which I always have in my pantry) instead of tamarind sauce? (And thanks for linking to one of my slow cooker Asian dishes.)

  2. Asian dishes too frequently so much oil and sugars but this recipe is perfect.

  3. Wow, looks really yummy! Thanks a lot sharing.

  4. Hi Kalyn! This looks so yummy, I'm excited to make it tonight! I live in downtown SLC and could not find tamarind sauce at Smiths or Sprouts. Do you have any suggestions on where to find it locally?

    • I would try an ethnic market. Both Asian and Latin cuisines use it. Hope you can find some, but it will still be good without it.

    • You're right, it was good. I just wanted to let you know how much I'e been enjoying your blog – I've loved every recipe I've made so far and I LOOOOVE your savory flavor profile. Cilantro, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, Greek/Mediterranean, etc. It is rare to find a blog without a ton of sweet desert and treat recipes. Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Thanks Tayna, so glad you have been enjoying the recipes. Sweets are not my thing, so glad you don't miss them!

  5. It looks great. I will try to make it myself

  6. One of my daughters is a very picky eater. I made this for us last night (served with brown rice on the side) and she said — more than once! — that it was maybe the best meal she'd ever had. I can't imagine better feedback…

  7. Insanely adorable and delicious!
    Oh my! Hubby would love this! Pinning now! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. What a great looking recipe! I will try this soon. I went to Yummly to see what the nutritional count might be, but it says 46 carbs. That can’t be right, can it? Just thought I would ask. Thank you for all your hard work, and for being gracious enough to share with us.

    • Yummly is not always correct if they don’t recognize the ingredients. They’re probably calculating based on regular apricot jam, but even with that it seems very high to me.

  9. I have tried this chicken broccoli with my slow cooker the other day and I must say, it was surprisingly delicious! The broccoli simply complimented the thick-taste of the chicken! Thank you for sharing this recipe Kalyn.

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