Apple Balsamic Chicken
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
Thank you Brandy, I do the same thing and feel the same way you do...
I actually followed the exact recipe which is why I'm rating it. If I change even one thing in a recipe I don't review it because that's NOT the printed recipe. It's annoying when you see a recipe with all five stars but based on the reviews it doesn't even resemble the original recipe anymore. Ugh. Anyway on to this dish. As I said I followed the exact recipe and didn't add or change anything. I, personally, thought it was bland. All I could really taste was a slight bitterness from the balsamic vinegar and apple juice. There just didn't seem to be any outstanding flavors or one of those recipes I'd definitely make again. If I did happen to make it again I'd try to figure out what's missing and add it. Overall just really bland, but the chicken was tender and juicy. I'll give it that.
The chicken came out very tender, so I pulled it off the bones. Then I piled it on some rice
"Very similar to Sauerbraten," my German husband tells me. I liked it - convenient small meal cooked up nicely in my little mini 2 qt crockpot. I chose pasta for the side - elbows to grasp up sauce that's not sweet, but not quite tart either.
Very simple and tasty; I usually have all ingredients on hand. To a 4 qt. slow cooker I added baby carrots and 3 medium cut up potatoes and 8 chicken thighs. I did not have enough balsamic vinegar so I used 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup apple juice in my double recipe. I also did not have enough thyme, so I substituted the remainder with basil. It was done by 4 1/2 hours which was good because at that point our power went out. I was therefore unable to thicken the liquid. But I really don't think it needed it.
Really flavorful and very simple! I used a maple-infused balsamic vinegar which added a touch of sweetness. If I only had regular balsamic vinegar, I think I would use more apple juice or maybe a touch of honey. I didn't have thyme so I used rosemary and it tasted great. I also cooked this on the stove top and it translated nicely--turned into a 30-minute meal. The next time I make it, I'll use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Overall, this dish had a lot of flavor and was really good. The chicken was very tender but I was expecting a slightly sweeter sauce. Might add more apple juice next time. Also, I added some carrots, onions and chopped beets to the slow cooker and they were great also!
did not like this one as much as I do other recipes.
This was good! There is enough sauce to have rice, couscous, or pasta on the side.
I made this tonight and it was just so so. I used chicken breasts (boneless) and cooked it in the oven. I don't know if that would make that much difference, but I won't be making this again.