Family Mealtime: Slow Cooker Maple Syrup-Ginger Chicken

April 23, 2015 , In: Family Friendly Meal, Mains , With: 3 Comments

A little while ago a friend of mine sent out an email (a plea if you will) to a bunch of our friends asking for their favourite easy recipes.  It seems I’m not the only person scratching my head when it comes time to make dinner.

Slow Cooker Maple Syrup-Ginger Chicken |

Quite a few friends responded and I thought it would be a fun idea to share some of these tried and tested recipes with readers.  After all, who doesn’t need to add a few recipes to their repertoire?

Slow Cooker Maple Syrup-Ginger Chicken |

This slow cooker chicken recipe is a winner.  It’s easy and was a hit with the family.  I always thought only tough cuts of meat did well in the slow cooker, but turns out you can use chicken breasts.  I used my mini-slow cooker  because I only wanted to cook two chicken breasts, but you can easily double this recipe to make a larger batch.  The original recipe was honey-garlic but we don’t really eat garlic and I wanted to give it a twist so I switched it up to maple syrup and ginger.

How to make it even quicker?  Instead of cutting up ginger every time, I simply peel a large chunk and puree it in a food processor with a little water.  You can either then portion it out into mini ice cube trays and freeze it, or lay it flat and thin in a plastic freezer bag and then just break off a frozen chunk whenever you need it.  It’s so much easier, and those little jars of pre-cut ginger kind of creep me out.  And I hate cutting ginger – it’s a pain and I always end up wasting half of it.

I got all fancy for the photos and topped with sesame seeds and cut up green onion but you don’t have to.  I served it over rice (which I mix with a little wild rice for the health benefits).  You could thicken up this sauce on the stove top if you wanted with a little cornstarch, but in my opinion that’s just another step.  And at the end of the day… I’ll take the un-thickened sauce.

I will be publishing more family friendly meals so stay tuned and thanks Jen for the recipe!

Slow Cooker Maple Syrup-Ginger Chicken
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An easy slow-cooker recipe that has a lovely sweet sauce. Add some veggies on the side and serve over rice.
  • 2 chicken breasts, skin removed
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • rice to serve
  • optional: sesame seeds and cut up green onion for garnish
  1. Place everything but the chicken in the slow cooker and mix.
  2. Add the chicken so it overlaps as little as possible. There's no need to cut it.
  3. Slow cook for four hours on low.
  4. Serve over rice and complete with a side of veggies.



ps Want more family-friendly meal ideas?  Check out my fave here.


  1. Reply

    This looks and sounds amazing! Greetings from Montreal. 🙂

      • Michelle
      • April 23, 2015

      Thanks! And greetings back at you! Hope you are enjoying this cold and windy day 😉

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