Seriously, whoever invented the Crockpot was a genius. I could google who it was, but I'm being especially lazy at the moment. I have to say though, not all slow cookers are created equal - that is for sure! A while back I lent my beloved Crockpot to my father-in-law because his oven wasn't working. So I borrowed my mom's to use for the time being. I'm not going to name brands or anything, but that thing burned everything I tried to cook!
At first I thought it was the fact that I was trying a dessert (Crockpot Peanut Butter Cake, I need to revisit that one). Burned chocolate with peanut butter complete with uncooked cake batter in the center... let's just say the house didn't smell right for a day or two. But no, I even made my Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, I seriously don't even need to pull up the recipe on that one -- that's how much I make it. Dinner that night? Take out something or other, that thing burned too!
For my mom? Her slow cooker is just fine. She usually only uses her Crockpot to keep things warm that have already been cooked. It's amazing to me how much differently the brands operate!
I hope you have a good, trusty Crockpot for this chicken dish. It's SO good! The little bit of cola in the juice, combined with the soy sauce and brown sugar, make a sweet sauce that tastes even better over leftover rice the next day! Great way to use up that last bit of flat Pepsi in the fridge that nobody will drink, too. ;)
Spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place chicken in bottom of insert. In a medium bowl, mix together cola, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce. Pour over chicken and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Remove chicken from Crockpot and cover tightly with foil. Pour sauce into a small skillet and turn on high heat. In a small bowl, stir together corn starch and water. Gradually stir in corn starch mixture into sauce. Bring to a boil and keep boiling for about 5 minutes until sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes (sauce will continue to thicken as it cools). Serve chicken over rice with drizzled sauce, or in a small bowl for dipping.
This is a great weeknight slow cooker dinner! Dump it in before work, and come home to dinner just about ready. Here are some of my other Crockpot favorites for a busy night: