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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sticky Chicken Thighs


i'm a leg girl. always have been. i like my drumsticks, i like dark meat. why have chicken boobies when you can have thighs? yes, i do judge if you only consume the boobies. i am just saying. so i bought a container of chicken thighs, 4lbs to be exact, and i had aspirations to make some badass chicken soup but decided to crock pot it up. i've used this particular recipe twice for pork neck with smashing success. obviously it works well for chicken too. i set this up saturday night while i was out whoring it up hanging out with some broads and when i strolled in at 1am, the abode was all sorts of asian home-y.

Sticky Chicken Thighs
(yes, i totally guffawed when i typed that out)
modified from donna hay magazine, c/o serious eats

chicken thighs, in my case 4lbs of it
knob of ginger, in my case galangal
4 garlic cloves,
2 long green chilis, halved
4 star anise
1/2 cup brown sugar (90grams)
1 cup (chinese cooking wine), OR in my case, 1/2 cup of white wine, it may have been left over riesling and 1/2 cup rice vinegar (HEY! you have to make do sometimes!)
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1 tsp chinese 5 spice

mix everything together and pour on chicken thighs. add to crock pot, put on low, go out dancing with girlfriends for a few hours and come home to some tasty middle of the night treats.


  1. Looks really good, on my ToCook list. Just found your blog via... probably a comment on another blog. Will come back for more.

  2. My previous comment seems not to have made it. Just wanted to say that I am planning to make those, that I like the recipes, and that I will be back.

  3. This looks like something my mom would make when we were really little! She too is an advocate of thighs/legs over breasts - so much more flavour. We loved sopping up the rice in the sauce from the chicken.

  4. When I come home from shenanigans, it's usually something like chips and salsa or, if I'm feeling really fancy, fries from Wendy's.

    But you? You get to enjoy delicious sticky chicken thighs.

  5. I will try this one out, I never have much success with the slow cooker, it just doesn't love me back. I will give him another chance though, becuause I love me some sexy chicken thigh

  6. Sounds really great. Always looking for more recipes for the slow cooker!

  7. @caroline,
    thank you for visiting, i hope you enjoy the recipe. please do let me know how it turns out for you, i'm always curious to see what everyone else thinks.

    comfort food at its best! i love having my rice drenched in the sauce from the chicken, makes the meal all the more enjoyable.

    it was just this one time, i promise. i'm usually chowing on pizza late nite but on that particular nite, i thought i'd class it up a bit! :)

    do let me know how it turns out for you. i love my slow cooker, it does all the work. but in case it doesn't work, this recipe also works stovetop, just leave it on low and ignore it.

    thank you. hopefully this'll be a repeat recipe for your slow cooker.

  8. This is why I need a crockpot. Linking this to Grant* Possibly it will make it onto his Valentines list.

    In any event, I too am a thigh lady! Outside of it's flavor (which is fab), their stupid cheap and perfecto for people on a budget!

    Let's say I don't get a crockpot. At what temp in the oven would I cook this recipe at?

  9. @littlemisssarcasm, the original recipe is for pork neck and it has the oven temp at 355F for about 2 hours, and then up to 390F for another hour... i'd say, keep a constant 350F until meat is tender & falls off the bone. sames goes on stovetop, put it on med, lid on for a couple of hours, keeping an eye on it, of course.

    i know you're renovating your abode, a crock pot might not fit in your NY kitchen, so stovetop or dutch oven might be the way to go for you. :)

  10. I found your blog via Tastespotting and I have this perking away in my crock pot right now! Unfortunately for me, it's cooking while I'm at work instead of out with the girls... but I can't wait to get home and try it out! I love your blog. :)

  11. @carey,
    thank you & welcome!

    how did they turn out for you?

  12. Turns out my crockpot is too big for this small amount, so they were a bit dry. Still delicious, though! Next time I'll put a bowl in the crock and it will turn out better. Unfortunately it will be a while, since I gave up meat for Lent, too. (Along with sweets and alcohol- what was I thinking?!)

  13. Just had to come back and say I made this again with the ingredients in a small bowl inside the crockpot crock and it turned out WONDERFULLY! Thanks again!