I posted this picture on my Instagram and so many people were interested in the recipe that I am sharing it here. The original recipe came from a book that came with a Rival brand Crock Pot. I adapted it a bit and it's become a classic recipe in our home for over 4 years.
What You'll Need:
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 chicken thighs or breasts cut into 1-inch cubes (thighs are best)
- 1 large white onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- 3-5 fresh garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. fresh minced ginger (ground also works if that's what you have on hand)
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 celery stalks, trimmed and diced
- 4 carrots, peeled, trimmed and diced
- 1/2 cup mango nectar
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro, divided
- 1 1/2 cups coconut cream (more if you wish)
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- For garnish: diced green onions, lime wedges, unsalted peanuts
- Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, onions, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes; cook several minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place chicken mixture in slow cooker, Add pumpkin, mango nectar, lime juice, peanut butter, broth and 2 cups water; stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. I have a Cuisinart slow cooker and find that it tends to cook things a bit faster, so for mine, I usually cook on low for 4 hours. Just play with it. You don't want your chicken to dry out, which is easier to do with breasts. I use both, depending on what I have, but the soup turns out best with thighs.
- Stir in vinegar and half of chopped cilantro. Mix coconut cream and cornstarch together in a small mixing bowl. Stir mixture into soup. If soup was cooked on low, turn setting to high. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes or until soup thickens.
- Serve over brown rice. Dress with green onions, peanuts and remaining cilantro. I like my soup really limey, so I squeeze on an extra slice of lime!
I'd love to know if you make it and like it! Enjoy friends!