While we are Team Slow Cooker here at Hamilton Beach, even we admit that sometimes slow cooked food isn’t the brightest and most instagrammable (that’s a word now, right?). But it’s the summertime and we think your food should match the season – colorful and vibrant. And slow cooker mango chicken is just that.
This slow cooker recipe is full of crisp vegetables, garden-fresh herbs, and ripe fruit – all ingredients that make you think “summer.”
In a slow cooker crock, combine tomatoes, coconut milk, lime zest, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, ginger, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, salt, turmeric, black pepper and cilantro. You KNOW this is going to be packed with flavor. Then add chicken thighs and onions and coat them in the sauce. Before covering the slow cooker, add strips of red bell pepper, mango cubes, and fresh cilantro on top. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3 ½ hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
Once the chicken thighs are completely cooked, remove them from the crock and cut it into bite-sized chunks, then add back to the crock. Stir in a little more cilantro and it’s ready to serve.
We served this zesty chicken over coconut rice and topped it with more fresh mango and a little thai basil. The semi-sweet rice soaks up the delicious, slow-cooked sauce while the fresh mango adds a pop of color and cool bite atop the steaming chicken and rice.
Whether you’re hoping to use up all those fresh herbs in your summer garden or want to serve something that’s picture-perfect to impress the family, this slow cooker mango chicken fits the bill. And the best part? They’ll never guess it cooked from start to finish in your slow cooker.
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