Crock pot chicken thighs are just so darn good! Tonight our family enjoyed a terrific maple glazed slow cooker recipe that was out of this world.
It is a simple recipe using only 5 ingredients including maple syrup, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. Our daughter is a very picky eater. However, she loved the chicken and so did out ten month old little boy. It’s comforting to know that everyone in the family can sit down and enjoy the same meal around the dinner table.
A crock pot/ Slow cooker is required
The chicken in this recipe was cooked in a crockpot on low heat. This makes the crock pot chicken thighs so tender and it will cook in its own juices. In fact, the chicken is so tender that it will fall right off the bone. The chicken is a good meal when you don’t want to spend a lot of time worrying or babysitting the meal. Since it takes several hours to cook, you just set it and forget it. It is great for working moms and working dads. Also it doesn’t take long to throw the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning. It’s also great for left overs and can be heated in no in a microwave. I would advise that you invest in a fancy crock-pot that has a timer. That way you can walk away without worry of over cooking.
The crock pot chicken thighs have a wonderful flavor but if you want to go leaner you can substitute chicken breast for them. Contrary to popular belief, there really isn’t that much difference nutrition wise. You could also use chicken wings or a combination of all three. Our recipe uses chicken thighs with bone in but you could use boneless as well.
The chicken is low in carbs and calories. Also we use sugar free maple syrup so if you are limiting you sugar intake or for those with diabetes, it won’t spike your blood sugar. You can also add some veggies into the crock-pot to spice things up. These include carrots, celery, mushrooms, green beans or my personal favorite, sweet potatoes.
Red Lobster vs Maple crock pot chicken thighs made at home
Just for comparisons sake, I looked up Red Lobsters Maple Glazed Chicken recipe. According to Myfitnesspal.com, 1 serving is 580 calories and 52 grams of carbohydrates. On a side note, there is 2550 mg of sodium which is extremely high.
Our recipe comes to approximately 203 calories and about 3 grams per maple chicken thigh. This of course does not include any side items like carrots or mushrooms but as you might imagine the totals will still be quite low.
- 8 chicken thighs
- ¼ cup Mrs. Butter-worth Sugar Free maple syrup
- ⅓ cup Lite soy sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Completely defrost chicken thighs.
- Place 8 chicken thighs in a crock-pot set to low temperature.
- Slice any additional ingredients you want to use (carrots, green beans, etc.)
- Mix and stir maple syrup, soy sauce and salt and pepper,
- Evenly pour mixture over all the crock-pot.
- Cook for approximately 6 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.