A number of months ago my mother-in-law (MIL) was diagnosed with an illness that in a short month took her life. During that time the entire family came together (as you would expect they would) to help her and my father-in-law as much as they could.
It was interesting not only how quickly and efficiently everyone worked, but the roles they fell into. Two of my brothers-in-law were very handy with tools and building things. They quickly went to making minor modifications to the home to make it easier for her to move around. My wife and her sisters did most of the heavy lifting with personal care and spending as much time with their mom as possible. What did I do? Cook. To each his strength.
I told my MIL that I’d make sure that my father-in-law was kept fed. While he can cook, I made a number of dishes that allowed him to focus on other things.
This was one of those dishes I made for him. It had a great collection of flavors and the slow cooker allowed me to provide a home cooked meal on a weekday.
Yes. There are raisins in this dish.
Layering the onions and garlic in the slow cooker.
Then the chicken.
And lastly the tomatoes and raisins.
A delicious combination of flavors!
Slow-Cooker Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours 50 minutes | Makes: 4 to 6
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 4 chicken leg quarters (2 1/2 pounds total)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (root end left intact)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, sliced into rounds
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup raisins
1. In a large zip-top bag, combine cumin, cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; add chicken and toss to coat. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until golden, about 4 minutes; flip and cook 2 minutes.
2. In a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker, place onion, garlic, and ginger. Add chicken, skin side up, then top with tomatoes and their liquid and raisins. Cover and cook on high until chicken is tender, 3 1/2 hours (or 6 hours on low).