To Each His Strength

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.

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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.

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Yes. There are raisins in this dish.

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Layering the onions and garlic in the slow cooker.

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Then the chicken.

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And lastly the tomatoes and raisins.

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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).



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Categories: Chicken, Fruit 2, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Slow Cooker, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “To Each His Strength”

  1. ramblingsofabipolarwoman
    November 15, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing these recipes! And God bless you for doing what you do for your family and that you work together. ❤


  2. November 15, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. This looks like a lovely comfort-style dish to keep the family nourished.


  3. November 15, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I’m sorry to read of the loss of your mother-in-law. You cooking for the family is a wonderful gift! I think the best gift is making someone a home cooked meal. 🙂


  4. November 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It’s never easy but it’s good that your family pulled together.


  5. November 16, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    I understand this one, lost my son about a month ago. As hard as it is……… to passes.
    We can only do what we can do. God bless.


  6. November 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    God Bless you sir for what you do for the family. It is pretty muich what I do for my families.


  7. November 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    OK, now I’m close to tears. Don’t think it’s the recipe, which looks delicious… all my sympathy to your wife and family.


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