Autumn in our house means bringing out the slow cooker and filling the home with scrumptious aromas. It means cooking something long and slow and filling it jam packed with the flavours of the season.
What’s in season I hear you ask? Aussie oranges. They may not be the most gorgeous fruit on the market on the outside, but crack them open and they are juicy, sweet and tangy. Ginger is also incredibly fresh in autumn and its freshness adds an extra tang to this dish.
Now if you’re reading this and wondering if your kids would eat something like this, I can tell you: both my kids loved it. They had seconds, then thirds and I was starting to get worried that there wouldn’t be enough left when Mr Kidgredients and I ate dinner!
Don’t forget – this is a budget friendly meal! Served with some steamed veggies on top of rice and before the chicken, they can soak up all the yumminess of the sauce.
Orange and Spice Slowcooker Chicken Wings
Serving size: 2 adults and 2 kids
1.5 kgs chicken wings, each one cut into three pieces (or use drumettes)
zest of one orange
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
2 tbsps brown sugar
¾ cup soy sauce
2 cups chicken stock
juice of one orange
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2.5 tbsps cornflour
Brown the chicken wings in a frypan.
Put into the slow cooker.
Sprinkle the star anise, brown sugar, orange zest, ginger and cinnamon sticks over the chicken.
Combine the chicken stock, orange juice, soy sauce and rice vine vinegar in a jug and pour over the chicken.
Cook on low for 5 hours with a teatowel under the lid.
Remove the chicken from the liquid and place on a serving plate.
Add the cornflour to a tbsp. of water and mix to remove all lumps.
Put the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and whisk in the cornflour.
When the sauce thickens, remove from the heat and pour over the chicken.
About the Author: Kylie blogs at Kidgredients. She has two mini Kidgredients, Miss 4 and Master 2 who taste test all her recipes. She is an ex-teacher, now stay at home mum who drinks far too much coffee and loves experi-cooking. You can follow Kidgredients on Facebook.