Great Recipes

Sweet and Sour Crockpot Chicken

Sweet and Sour Crockpot Chicken

I love Asian food. It’s my favorite to eat and cook. I don’t love all the sugars that can be found in the sauces, especially when you’re getting takeout. There are HUNDREDS of recipes for sweet and sour chicken found all over the internet and many of them are also to be made in the crockpot. I found a ton and took some inspiration from many and made my own. I’m going to post the exact way that I did it but there are some things you can do to switch it up.

First, I used apple cider vinegar. You could easily use rice wine vinegar for more of an authentic homage but I use my rice wine vinegar for a cucumber side and I didn’t want to use all of mine.

Second, I use a monk fruit brown sugar. I like being able to have all the sweetness for none of the guilt. You could substitute the monk fruit brown sugar for equal parts of honey or even real brown sugar.

I use chicken breasts but you could use thighs. I cook this low and slow and in a nice sauce so I haven’t gotten mine to dry out at all but if you’re afraid your might do that, feel free to use thighs instead.

I serve mine over white rice. You could obviously choose brown rice instead or keep it carb free and throw it over lettuce wraps!

Serves 4


  1. Two pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. Four tablespoons of corn starch (divided into two tablespoons each)
  3. Two bell peppers sliced. I use red and yellow for color.
  4. 1 20oz can of pineapple chunks in 100% juice (not syrup)
  5. One small onion
  6. Two cloves of garlic
  7. 2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
  8. 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup of sugar-free ketchup (you can use regular if you’d life but it’ll be sweeter and I don’t have regular at my house)
  10. 1/4 cup of brown sugar monk fruit sweetener. (I use Anthony’s but you can use whatever brand you like.)
  11. 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
  12. Salt to taste


    Prep Chicken:
    1. Cut your chicken breasts into chunks and put them into a gallon zip lock bag.
    2. Pour two of your tablespoons of over the chicken and shake vigorously until all is coated.
    3. Start to pan sear your coated chicken. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan. I cooked until they started to brown at about 3-5 minutes. When they’re done searing, put all of the chicken on the bottom of your crock pot.
    Start Making the Sauce:
    4. Drain your pineapple chunks. Put the chunks to the side as you won’t need them until the last thirty minutes of cooking. Save ALL the juice.
    5.Mince the onion and 2 garlic cloves and put into a bowl.
    6. Grate the 2 teaspoons into the bowl with the garlic and onion.
    7. Pour all wet ingredients into the bowl (ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, 1/2 cup of saved pineapple juice) into the bowl.
    8. Put your 1/4 cup of monk fruit brown sugar into the bowl and stir all the ingredients.
    Crockpot time
    9. With your chicken on the bottom of the crockpot already, pour the sauce over the chicken and cook low for seven hours.
    For the last hour of cooking:
    10. Pour in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
    11. Add the pineapple chunks and both bell peppers sliced.
    12. Serve over cooked white rice or other desired accompaniment.

My NINJA crock pot is a beast. I think it cooks a little faster than what most crock pots do. If you have this issue with yours, you can do what I do instead of cooking for 8 hours! If I am putting it in the crock pot when I’m leaving in the AM (6:30), I’ll set it for 3.5 hours. My NINJA goes into buffet mode when the actual cook time is done. I’ve found that by the time I am home (5 PM) that the buffet setting has done the rest of the cooking on buffet mode without over cooking. At that time, I’d add the leftover cornstarch, peppers, and pineapple and cook on low for a half hour.

This is a hit in our house! It serves four. There are only two of us so I usually get dinner for one night and leftovers for the next. I can see if we were both really hungry eating the entire thing at once though because we love it so much!

Let me know if you try this recipe out and if you add any of your own flare or changes to it!

Great Recipes

Air-fried Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

I love my air fryer! It gives me all the crispness I want without any of the fatty oils and calories! I’m so happy to have found this kitchen god.

We eat chicken a ton. I feel like I needed something new in my life and this did it for me. This can easily be made for Weight Watchers based on your own preferences. Find the bacon that you love that it most point friendly! I am posting the recipe that I used for just one chicken breast. You can double the recipe if you are cooking for you and someone else! This recipe is easy enough to adjust for however many people you are serving.

Air-Fried Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Serves 1 breast


  1. One chicken breast
  2. Olive oil spray or oil spray of choice
  3. Two pieces of cooked bacon (or Canadian bacon)
  4. One Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedge (your choice on flavor)
  5. Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
  6. Two tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs
  7. One egg
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Great Reads

August Wrap-Up and September TBR

I fell so behind this month. We started school on the 16th which made it so hard for me to read. Coming home from work, going straight to the gym, and then trying to get dinner on the table and showered put me at 8:00 – 8:30 every night and I was just exhausted and not able to finish my reading goals. I was going to buckle down this week but also had an death in the family pushing that goal out the window as well.

Here’s what I did accomplish :

Inferno by Dan Brown – I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It was very thought provoking.

Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel – Cute, fast read.

Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan – Another quick read that was different and creepy. This review will be pulished soon

Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison – I loved this way more than I thought I would. It was light even though the material was heavy. This review will be pulished soon as well.

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell – This was a disturbing book for me as a teacher. It read verrrrry fast. The review will be published soon.

I’m still working on:

Outlander by Diana Galbadon – 79% finished. This is a lengthy book so I’m happy to have at least gotten this far. I started reading this with a book club. I was surprised how many people like myself did not finish. I will be finishing this ASAP.
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones – 29% done. I try and read my Kindle at the gym while on the treadmill. It makes time go by fast and I have not found that my miles are affected with or without reading since it is hands free. Because the last few days I was at a viewing and funeral, and we had a heat wave, I only made it to the gym once. I’ll be working on finishing this too.

I will be finishing the two mentioned above and hopefully reading these in September:

The Book Theif by Markus Zusak – Physical Copy. I’ve been really wanting to read this for years. I’ll be reading it with a book club so I hope to really dive in and finish this one.

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood – Netgalley. I’ve been hearing so much about this one. I hope that it does not let me down! Although it contains disturbing content, it takes place in Camden, New Jersey, just two cities and ten short minutes away from me.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Netgalley. I didn’t read The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I’m not sure if this is a revamp or what but either way, I’m excited for it. Do any bookies know more about this?

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand – Netgalley – I keep seeing this everywhere as well and I’m behind but will be getting to it hopefully this month!

I have so many more Netgalley books to read and I’m hoping to get to more than my anticipated to catch up but after last month’s fiasco/fail I don’t want to overdo it. We will see!

Have any of you read these? What’s on your radar?

Great Recipes

Poor Man’s French Onion Chicken

This is literally the most juicy and moist chicken I have ever made. Even without the extras, I will start to make my chicken like this a lot more in hopes that the juiciness transpires in all my chicken recipes. Feel free to change up the spices used below. I don’t usually measure my spices for this recipe and just sprinkle enough to make sure each piece of chicken is thoroughly coated. I also use two HUGE chicken breasts cut in half to make four servings. Feel free to change the chicken servings to your desire. The recipe is very easy to increase or decrease to your needs. The ingredients are also pretty standard and inexpensive. YUMMY!

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Great Restaurants

Tsaocaa & BBQ Chicken

Hey Philly, want to get some teas and Korean fried chicken? Come try out the new Tsaocaa & BBQ Chicken place over in Chinatown.

BBQ chicken here is not what you’re thinking. You won’t find any BBQ sauce smothered chicken 🍗. BBQ stands for “best of the best quality” and that’s for certain! This is a major chain that started in Korea. I believe there are 16 locations in the US at the moment. As for the Tsaocaa Tea, this is the first location here in the US. The combination of the two chains is killer! The milk tea and other varieties compliment the spice in the chicken so well. It is definitely something to try.

I’ll start with the chicken first. The chicken is beyond crispy. It’s fried in olive oil and only one time! The meat stays crazy juicy and the coating stays super crisp. You will find a variety of sauces from mild to hot. The sauces are: red hot garlic, hot spicy, soy garlic, secret spicy, honey garlic, a more Korean authentic gang-jeong and CHEESLING. Cheesling is a mix of two powdered cheeses. Don’t knock it until you try it. I think we were all in agreeance that it was our favorite! It was different and delicious. I can’t wait until I get to try them again. All the sauces were delicious. Cheeseling was awesome and so was the Secret Spicy which is more sweet than just spicy. A little more kick than your traditional Asian Sweet Chili Sauce in my opinion.  You can also get them without sauce. I won’t call these dry because they’re not dry, they’re unsauced! They’re still amazing and have a distinct taste that seperates them from American fried chicken.  My next order will definitly be some of the secret spicy, some cheeslings, and then believe it or not, the original unsauced! I’m a big fan on bone-in wings. I feel like they give you a more satisfying tasty crunch but here, I liked all the boneless a tad bit more. I think they held the sauce better but a mixture of the two would be a perfect combo!

Unsauced Crunchy Original Olive Chicken – Look at that crunch!

Mmm, saucy

The left side is the cheesling variety. So delicious and different. The pickled radish pictured above is also a must!


There was a large variety of tea. It was the first time I’ve sampled the milk teas with cheese. I’m not quite sure exactly what it is but it’s great. It’s not a cheddar cheese kinda deal so don’t be afraid. It’s quite good. We had it on top of a blueberry drink and a mango drink.The mango drink was my favorite of the two. It was a mango puree and delicious!

My favorite drink of them all was the “More Than See You” – an iced grapefruit tea. I COULD DRINK THIS EVERY DAY. NO, I COULD BATHE IN THIS. IT WAS THE MOST DELICIOUS DRINK, EVER! It was also Patrick, the owner’s, very favorite too! We sampled so many and they were all great!

Blueberry cheese, mango cheese, grapefruit iced tea, and a peach oolong tea

Tea Menu

Looking at Grubhub and Yelp reviews, the biggest complaint seems to be the delivery service and long waits. I didn’t experience either obviously because we dined in and had as fast service as can be expected. This chicken IS MADE TO ORDER. No pre-fried soggy chicken is found here. Speaking of soggy, to be honest, it took us a half hour to take pictures and the chicken was still as crunchy as when it came out hot! And the room temp didn’t bother me at all! It was just as delicious.

Seriously, there’s a menu disclaimer!

They can be found at:
938 Race Street
Philadelphia PA 19107 (Chinatown)

You can also try out the North Wales location at:
1222 Welsh Rd Unit B7,
North Wales, PA 19454 (inside ASSI Plaza)

The locations here in Philly is only serving the olive chicken and the Tsaocaa Teas but you can find the BBQ headquarters website here: BBQ CHICKEN OMG YES! And I have yet to find a Tsaocaa website that is translated in English so I’m not sure which is a main website but for some pictures of the teas we tried you can click riiiiiighttttt… HERE! Lol.

Make sure you follow myself and the other foodies who tried out this place and check out their thoughts!:

@littleteacherbigappetite (me)

And while you’re at it, definitely do not forget to look at the restaurant instagrams!


Now this is what I call a feast!

Great Recipes

Orange Chicken Salad

I had a hard time deciding what my first recipe was going to be. I thought about things that I’ve cooked recently but then it hit me right in the face! I make a chicken salad that is different from anything I’ve had before. Not only is it different, it’s requested and loved by anyone who has tried it. It may be one of my favorite things in the world. I modeled it after a chicken salad that I had about 17 years ago at Norway in Disney’s Epcot Pavillion. Yes, 17 years ago and this salad has stuck with me all that time. I really can’t tell you how authentic this is to Norway since I’ve never been and really don’t know anyone to confirm with. Either way, this is where it was served to me first! When I started cooking for myself, it was a recipe I searched for and could not find. Luckily, the flavors are not hard to miss and I’ve been making it ever since.

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