Happy Friday, everyone! I am so ready for the weekend, are you?
This is a very comforting, fall dish that is made so easily in the slow cooker! There’s nothing like walking in the door after a long day and smelling something delicious cooking away, and all you have to do is dish it up and enjoy! I’m really trying to use my slow cooker more often these days. It makes the evenings (which can sometimes be chaotic) much more relaxed for me.
This recipe is very simple and the flavors are so delicious! First, you peel and chop your sweet potatoes and carrots. I was a little nervous about letting Malia help out with this part, but she insisted that she could do it “all by myself, mom!” She’s been on an “all by myself” kick lately. We were at a class the other day and I asked her to share with another child, and she said “I want to share, all by myself!” Not quite how sharing works, honey 🙂
Place your chicken in the slow cooker. I used chicken breast, but next time I would use chicken thighs, because they retain more moistness in the slow-cooker. Drizzle maple syrup over the top. Sprinkle some smoky cumin and dried, minced onion (or fresh) on top. Then, add in your peeled and chopped sweet potatoes and carrots. Add a little salt and pepper. Then, set it to cook on low for 6 hours. If you are using chicken breasts, I would recommend checking it at 4 hours, because you don’t want the chicken to get dry.
Don’t you love those vibrant colors? When it’s done, you will have all those tender potatoes and carrots with that sweet and smoky sauce. The best part is that the whole meal is in the slow-cooker…protein, starch, and veggies! Feel free to play around with the seasonings to whatever you like…if you don’t like cumin, you could use chili powder, or just stick with herbs like thyme or rosemary. Next time, I think I’ll add some thyme in there, I think that would go great with the maple syrup and cumin. I used cumin that my sister-in-law brought back from Morocco, she brought me some cumin, cinnamon, and a special Morrocan spice blend that is supposed to be great with chicken. She knows me so well!
Slow Cooker Maple Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Slightly adapted from 5 dollar dinners
1.5 lbs chicken thighs or chicken breast (I recommend thighs)
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 T maple syrup
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried, minced onion (or 1/2 medium red onion, chopped)
1/2 tsp dried thyme or rosemary (optional)
Dash of salt and pepper
Do you have any favorite slow cooker recipes? I could definitely use more inspiration!
What are your plans for the weekend?