Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lo-Cal Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

I just love the sweet and tart flavor that balsamic vinegar gives to a dish. These chicken thighs were tender, flavorful, and simple to prepare – and only about 180 calories per serving!

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed 
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup apple cider
2 T lemon juice
2 T balsamic vinegar
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 T light butter
2 T flour

Place trimmed thighs in the bottom of a large slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine broth, cider, lemon juice, vinegar, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low, 5-6 hours, until chicken is cooked through and tender.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook about 1 minute. Add 1 ½ cups of cooking juices, whisking constantly, until sauce is smooth and thickened. Serve sauce over chicken.

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