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Slow Cooker Golden Sesame Ginger Chicken

Photo: Lee Harrelson
Yield 4 servings
Not your typical slow-cooker dish, this sweet and savory chicken recipe is the category winner for Salad Dressings in the Fast Family Dinners Recipe Contest sponsored by Newman's Own.  Note that the cook time in the slow cooker is 6 hours. Don't go any longer or the chicken will be tough and the potatoes too mushy. Add more red pepper flakes if your family enjoys spicy dishes.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained, reserving liquid
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle NEWMAN'S OWN Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing, reserving 2 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions and tops

How to Make It

  1. Place sweet potatoes, apricots, raisins, pineapple and garlic in a slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Top with chicken breasts and ginger dressing.  Sprinkle with onion flakes and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours or until chicken is tender.

  2. Combine cornstarch with reserved 2 tablespoons reserved dressing, and add to chicken mixture to thicken sauce.

  3. Prepare rice in a saucepan according to package directions using 1 ¼ cup water and ¾ cup reserved pineapple liquid in place of some of the water.   Set aside and keep warm.  

  4. To serve, spoon rice evenly onto 4 plates.  Top each with a chicken breast and the sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle with onions.