Chicken with Lime, Honey and Soy from Fine Cooking’s Year-Round Slow Cooker Cookbook {and a giveaway}

First, right off the bat, yes, there is a giveaway going on here this week. Before we get to that, however, I’d like to give you a little history behind how this one came to be.

I’ve owned slow cookers since the day I moved out on my own. I think my first one came along with me from my parents’ kitchen, thanks to my mom. Subsequent cookers were either given to me as family hand-me-downs or bought at yard sales.

Then the Kenmore Bloggers’ Summit happened. The team I was on won a cooking challenge and I came home with a brand new, beautiful Kenmore slow cooker.  Never been used, straight out of the box, new.

And it sat on the counter for months, unused. You’ve done that, right?

The brushed metal was so pristine. The insert didn’t have a single scratch or stain. The front panel had buttons and pretty green and red lights. I plugged the cooker in to watch them blink. Then I unplugged it again. And I didn’t use it.

But, as all things go in our house, there comes a point where a ‘thing’ has to earn its keep. I’m not big on the whole cleaning thing, so if an item wants to sit around my house, it better be useful.

I plugged in my slow cooker, added ingredients and have never looked back.

Fast forward to February 24 and visualize me sitting in front of my computer perusing Facebook. Suddenly, without warning,  this popped up (well darn, it appears to be impossible to make a facebook post sound dramatic):

I gasped in surprise and amazement (yup, still hard). I didn’t care about the slow cooker because I own a most awesome one, but I thought to myself, ‘Self, I want that cookbook. I want one of my friends to have that cookbook. We need that cookbook.’

So, I wrote the really cool people at Fine Cooking a note and asked if they’d send me a copy to review as well as make another available for you guys to try and win in a giveaway. A cookbook was in the mail the next day.

And here we are.

The Process

There are two groups of slow cooker recipes. The first is what you use when you’re in a hurry to get to work. With this type of dish you just throw things in the insert, lid it, turn it on and walk out the door.

The second requires prep. The slow cooker does the job of the oven, but there’s a bit of time required at the cutting board and stove before pushing that ‘on’ button and walking away. This recipe is one of those.

Normally, I’m not a fan of sautéing chicken without its skin because the meat gets a bit … crunchy. In this case, however, it works well since  the pieces are coated with a flour mixture so they’re still protected. Plus, the thighs went from the skillet to the slow cooker and were going spend four hours getting nice and soft.

So, have at it with the skillet and brown the chicken before adding it to the cooker.

The same skillet is used to soften the onions and make the sauce, which is then poured over the chicken before the lid goes on, the cooker is set to low and the timer to four hours.

The Verdict

I was a little concerned while making the sauce on the stove because it didn’t smell as awesome as I thought it should. Luckily, four hours in the slow cooker changed that, a lot.

This dish is delicious. Hubby and I both loved it. Yes, Dudette did too. She refused to do the video review, however, because she was embarrassed that this was another meal she thought she would dislike but really enjoyed.

I did think that the sauce, which is transferred to a saucepan and reduced prior to serving, was a bit too thick after that final process, but the flavor was still fantastic. The five-spice powder and lemongrass really shine.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

I’d skip the final reduction on the stove.

Chicken with Lime, Honey and Soy from Fine Cooking's Year-Round Slow Cooker Cookbook {and a giveaway}
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 5 grinds black pepper
  • 2½ pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 6)
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped red onions (about 1 large onion)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions, white and light green parts only; more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon fresh-squeezed, strained lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½-inch piece lemongrass, smashed with a chef's knife
  • ½ teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 2 cups cooked long-grain rice, for serving (optional)
  • Freshly grated lime zest, for garnish (optional)
  • Finely chopped, fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, five-spice powder, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken and coat, shaking off (and reserving) the excess flour. Heat half of the oil in a 10-inch, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add half of the chicken and cook, turning over halfway through, until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 7 minutes. Place in the slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining chicken, about another 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining oil, reserved seasoned flour, onions, scallions, and garlic to the pan. Sauté until the onions are softened, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients (except for the rice and the garnishes). Add this liquid mixture to the pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for another 5 minutes, then pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 4 hours. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter.
  3. Pour the cooking liquid into a medium-size heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until the liquid reduces by about half, about 12 minutes. Pour over the chicken and serve with rice, garnishing with zest, scallions, and cilantro, if desired.


Now for the fun part. Fine Cooking is providing another cookbook for one of my friends here. All you have to do is enter to win using the Rafflecopter thingy below.

Also know that while Fine Cooking gave me the cookbook, they realize that I give honest reviews and if I didn’t like the recipes in it, I’d let you know. As it stands, so far I really like what I’ve seen, not only with regard to the recipes, but the photography, notes and tips as well.

So, there we have it. I hope you’ll enter and join me as I review more recipes from Year-Round Slow Cooker over this week. I’m thinking Slow-Cooked Ratatouille will be next.

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90 Responses to Chicken with Lime, Honey and Soy from Fine Cooking’s Year-Round Slow Cooker Cookbook {and a giveaway}

  1. It's not novel, but I love doing pulled chicken in the slow cooker!

  2. AuntAndiZ says:

    I'm a cookbook addict. And I love my slow cooker! Calypso Turkey Breast, Shredded Beef, I've even made enchiladas in mine. With my busy schedule I love coming home to dinner already made. I'd love this cookbook!

  3. seana says:

    I love cookbooks, cooking mags and my slow cooker. While my slow cooker is far from deluxe, it's great. I have 2, 4 and 6 qt inserts that are obviously removable so it's nice when I need to make smaller or larger meals. My husband got it for me for Christmas years ago. I requested it. Normally, a home/shared appliance gift is not on my list but this was :)

  4. seana says:

    I make chili and a ton of soup in it. Forgot that part. Corned beef is good too this month.

  5. kayleigh larkins says:

    I love a good barbeque pulled pork in the crock pot!

  6. Abby says:

    Does the cookbook include nutritional information?

  7. Jac says:

    What a great way to categorize the slow cooker recipes based on prep time. I must check this one out!

  8. Wilde in the Kitchen says:

    I use my slow cooker every weekend to make oatmeal. I wish I could use it during the week, but I'm away from home for 12 hours each day… Are there recipes that take that long? :) (And I'm totally entering, maybe I'll get lucky again!!!)

    • I just paged through the cookbook for you. There are a bunch of 4-5 hours, a bunch of 7-8 hours and a smattering of 10 hours. I don't see anything that is as long as 12. I would think anything, even at low, would be mush by then though so I'm not surprised.

  9. I am basic as I pick things to throw in. A friend just gave me a recipie for Swiss chicken in the crock pot. I will try it soon. I do wish I had a better crockpot but just hate to spend the money. Thanks for always making my mouth water!

  10. Curry and Comfort says:

    I'm planning on using my slow cooker tomorrow since we have some cold weather. I love the all the flavors going on here… definitely a yummy dish over rice. :)

  11. Becky says:

    I'm addicted to crockpot cooking and cookbooks. We use the crockpot several times a week. This recipe looks great, I think we'll try it this weekend :)

  12. Reynaul says:

    This looks yummy!

  13. Reynaul says:

    My favorite slow cooker dish is Turkey chili from Fix it and Forget it. It's always a winner!

  14. Rice pudding. I love warm rice pudding, with the layer of custardy goodness that forms by itself during the 3 hours it takes to make it, but it's worth it. Hope to post it on my own blog someday.

  15. thatskinnychickcanbake says:

    My slow cooker is gathering dust in my pantry. I don't have any slow cooker recipes per se, but I have used it for dishes I'd normally slow cook in the oven like pot roasts and stews when I'm away from the house most of the day.

  16. eliotthecat says:

    I just made some tasty chicken tacos by dumping some homemade canned salsa, some taco seasoning, and a bag of chicken tenders in and letting them get all nice and friendly!

    This dish looks like one we would like.

  17. Angie says:

    Love making Pork Lion with Salsa Verde. then serving it as tacos.

  18. MaryBeth says:

    I love to make stuffing in my crockpot. My favorite has sausage, green apples and cranberries. I make it for holidays and non-holidays too!

  19. I have a brisket recipe for the slow cooker that I saw on Cook's County (Country?) TV and have made it a few times. Its sort of a spicy bbq brisket. Very tasty.

  20. Linda says:

    I have a recipe for slow cooker chicken curry that I adore.

  21. Claire says:

    Italian chicken.

  22. CoffeeCarol says:

    Santa Fe chicken

  23. CoffeeCarol says:

    Well I tried to do the rafflecopter thingy but broke. After pushing the "I commented" button 3 times it said it was broken and redirected me to 2 different pages. :(

    • Hi Carol. I just tried it and it worked fine. Try holding down the shift key on your computer and hitting the refresh button in your browser while the shift key is down. That'll empty your cache for the page and give it a total refresh so hopefully it'll work.

  24. Eva Taylor says:

    I'm here from Sports Gluton. What a great contest, but I've already won a slow cooker from Chef Roger Mooking's New Year's Eve Contest a couple of years ago, so I really don't need one right now.
    My favourite slow cooker recipe is Healthy Pulled Pork

  25. Denise says:

    Oh I so need this cookbook. My son seems to cringe every time I get my slowcooker out. Maybe I can win him over with some new recipes. :)

  26. msinfoblog says:

    THis sounds so good, I love using my slow cooker but sometimes it's hard to get GOOD recipes

  27. There's a barbecue thing that Todd does using either beef or pork, Dr. Pepper, thai chili sauce, brown sugar, & dry onion soup mix. The other is an Italian chicken recipe that uses boneless chicken breasts, tomato soup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and various spices depending on my mood.

  28. Kristi says:

    We make chicken all the time in the crockpot!! It makes it so moist :)

  29. Ashlee says:

    I have so many favorite slow cooker recipes but if I have to choose ONE /i'll still heat a bit & say any kind of soup my mom makes in her slow cooker! 😉

  30. Nancy says:

    Tapioca pudding just like my grandmother made, but I used the crockpot !!

  31. Jessica Bracho says:

    I make slow cooker "refried" beans, they are so easy

  32. Sunnie says:

    I dont have a favorite recipe, but I use my crock pot a lot.

  33. sweeperperson says:

    Jamaican cornmeal porridge….the perfect breakfast!

  34. Dominique says:

    my favorite is chicken noodles. throw frozen chicken breasts, chicken broth and cream of chicken soup, salt and pepper, can of corn into a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours, last hour throw in uncooked egg noodles. turns out amazing!

  35. Annette Rosenberg says:

    I love crockpot meals. I cook at least one a week. I think my favorite one is bbq boneless ribs. But we do pork chops, jambalaya, chili, chicken soup, tons of stuff really.

  36. miranda says:

    I like soup in the slow cooker

  37. Kathy says:

    My favorite is slow-cooked short ribs in a great sauce.

  38. eliotthecat says:

    Chili is my favorite but I have made some delicious stews in the slow cooker.

  39. Alycia says:

    No official recipe, but I often do a pulled pork in the slow cooker. Or a tortilla soup with just cans of beans, tomatoes, frozen corn, etc. No measuring for me! :)

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  40. purvi says:

    i love cochinita pibil!

  41. Shannon says:

    I love making homemade spaghetti sauce in my slow cooker!

  42. deannalw says:

    you put a pot roast with bbq sauce and root beer in the slow cooker. Mmmm pulled pork

  43. Kristie D. says:

    We love beef stew! Yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  44. Krista says:

    We like to cook corned beef with cabbage and carrots in the slow cooker and its great

  45. Angelique Drummond says:

    Just super simple salsa chicken. Using chicken tenders, salsa, beans and corn

  46. Meghan Finley says:

    I love bbq pork

  47. McKenzie McClanahan says:

    mashed potatoes or chili :)

  48. Kristy says:

    I love making Steel Cut Oats in the crockpot!

  49. Danielle Porter says:

    I just throw chicken in there and when it's done I shred it and add bbq sauce for some pulled chicken sandwiches!

  50. Debby G. says:

    My favorite slow cooker recipe is the shredded barbecued chicken from Slow Cooker Revolution. Everyone loves it and it freezes well.

  51. Emily says:

    pot roast

  52. Lilith Katz says:

    I make the filling for chicken tacos in the slow cooker all the time

  53. kelly mcgrew says:

    my boyfriends favorite that i make is pulled pork sandwiches. my favorite though is stuffed cabbage.

  54. Nancy N says:

    There's a recipe from America's Test Kitchen's Slow Cooker cookbook that's a chickpea stew/pasta sauce that was a huge hit with the whole family.

  55. Sarah Walker says:

    My favorite slow cooker dish is old fashioned yankee pot roast.

  56. Shannon says:

    I made a great pulled port

  57. Jan R says:

    Roast pork!

  58. Ally says:

    We love chili in the slow cooker. Can of corn, can of tomatoes with chilis, and then onions and whatever beans we want.

  59. Heather S says:

    Slow cooker salsa chicken.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

  60. Kathy H. says:

    I don't use my slow cooker often and could really use a cookbook so I can start! The one thing I do make in it every year is corned beef!

  61. Sarah Z. says:

    I make sloppy joes in the slow cooker and it lasts us a few days! yum!

  62. Renee G says:

    I have two slow cookers, but I've never tried cooking in them.

  63. cezovski says:

    My favorite slow cooker recipe is lasagna! Comes out really good in the crockpot

  64. Lillian says:

    My slowcooker is woefully underutilized. I need this cookbook so mine can earn its keep too!

  65. Christina C. says:

    I like making bean soup, either with ham or sausage, no recipe, I just wing it with ingredients I have on hand.

  66. april yedinak says:

    My favorite recipe is for Texas Cowboy Chili

  67. Jill D says:

    Pork roast (with potatoes, carrots and onions)–delicious!

  68. Tabitha says:

    i like roast

  69. aprilfools1983 says:

    I love vegetarian chili in the slow cooker.

  70. Terri Menke says:

    I made homemade chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker this week for the first time. It was yummy!

  71. Christy Colln says:

    I love slow cooked anything but pot roast with carrots and potatoes is my favorite

  72. Nicole Copeland says:

    Chicken tacos

  73. Brandy Fisk says:

    I like to make refried beans in the crockpot.

  74. Marisa Johnson says:

    I have 2 favorite slow cooker dishes. The first is my french onion soup. It is so very yummy. The second is my fiesta chicken. I take boneless skinless chicken breast, chicken broth, a can of green chili's, and taco seasoning. Put it in the slow cooker for maybe 5-6 hours on low. Shred the chicken, and continue cooking until the juices absorb into the chicken. I use this meat for taco's, chimi's, burritio's, pretty much anything :-)

  75. Meaghan Wagner McDermott says:

    DH loves pot roast in the slow cooker!

  76. Elle says:

    Chili! I'm such a slow cooker lover!

  77. Heather Willis says:


  78. Sam Stamp says:

    Mac & Cheese is my favorite dish to make in a slow cooker. I love learning new recipes to try!

  79. Marily says:

    I like to make pulled pork.

  80. tam childers says:

    chicken curry

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  82. Sara Iadarola says:

    Im always interested in getting new crockpot recipes. I love that Dudette gives her opinion, my children are also very opinionated

  83. Elyse says:

    I have a slow cooker I have not used. I really need this cookbook! I'd like to use it to make dishes like the pulled chicken with cherry-chili sauce.

  84. Gina Lo says:

    My aunt discovered a pot roast recipe years ago that has made its way through the family and into all of our crock pots. It's sooo delicious. Anytime she makes she invites me over, and I have never declined!

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