Sweet maple syrup perfectly balances the bite from the spicy mustard in this healthy, 21 day fix approved slow-cooker supper.
Ya know what I love about mustard? It’s serious. Mustard is NOT playing around. It says “Screw subtlety, I’m going to flavor-punch you right in the face and you’re going to like it.” Well, if mustard could talk I’m pretty sure that’s what it would be saying. I just LOVE that bright burst of acid and heat that it can add to a dish.
In this slow-cooker chicken & potatoes, it’s all about the mustard, baby! The one you choose will be what determines the flavor of your sauce. (Sorry for being Captain Obvious, but sometimes it just feels good to be the captain of something.) It can be difficult to chose the right one for a particular dish among the sea of condiments at the store. I mean, between spicy brown, horseradish, extra hot, dijon, yellow, coarse ground and about a gazillion others, what’s a girl (or guy) to do? For this, I wanted something that had a little heat but didn’t go too crazy. Something that my kids would likely still eat. I tried it with two different mustards, a dijon and a generic* spicy brown. Something about the dijon just didn’t work for me with the maple, but the spicy brown. Oh, the spicy brown! It stole my heart.
*A little tip from me to you, generally speaking, the generic brands are usually milder in heat level than their more expensive counterparts. This I’ve come to learn from experience. You know, the experience of being cheap!
I have a little confession to make about the slow-cooker aspect to this dish. While it does use the slow-cooker, it’s not something that you can throw on before work and have it waiting for you when you get home. Well, unless you don’t mind your chicken having the texture of hay… in that case, go for it! My mama always said hay was for horses and I can’t help but agree, sooo… we pull the chicken out part way. It just can’t take that length of cooking time, even on low. Sorry friends, but I’m just morally against over-cooked chicken. If there were a place where I could hold up a sign saying something like “No more over-cooked meat or you’ll be out on the street!” I would completely do that. You know, if I had the time. Anyway, over-cooked chicken = bad (so much bad). I definitely need to work on some other slow-cooker meals though. I bet you guys would be into that.
However, the slow-cooker does make this meal pretty darn easy and there’s very little prep work. If you can dice potatoes, trim chicken (or hey, you can just buy it already trimmed these days!) and stir together a two- ingredient sauce, you can make this tasty dish, no sweat.
Hope you guys love it!
This recipe inspired by Better Homes and Gardens’ Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs recipe.