Slow Cooker Maple Chicken with Sweet Potatoes – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 10, 2011

Dear Chairman of the Kid Food Hall of Fame Committee,

I’d like to nominate this recipe to be inducted in the class of 2011 for Best Kid Friendly recipe for the following reasons.

1. All 3 children finished their entire plates in record time.

2. All 3 children asked for seconds and ate them all.

3. And we didn’t have to rush home from swim practice to get dinner ready…it was ready when we got home!

Thanks for the consideration-

A Happy Mom of Kids with Full Bellies

Seriously…we’ll be making this again before the winter hits! The sweet potatoes were perfectly delicious…almost like they were “maple steamed”…the chicken was perfect (we prefer chicken thighs in the slow cooker over chicken breasts, but if you don’t like chicken thighs, this will totally work with chicken breasts.) The carrots also had a sweeter flavor…and all 3 kids ate them willingly without being prodded. (Carrots are not their favorite veggie…but they really liked these.)

If you don’t want to purchase expensive maple syrup, try Crystal’s Homemade Maple Syrup. We used to make it this way when we lived in the Dominican Republic. Or, you can do as I do, and buy maple syrup from Amazon using Swagbucks credits.

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Slow Cooker Maple Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (about 1.5 lbs.) boneless skinless chicken thighs ($2.82) $1.88/lb sale last week
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 3 Tbsp maple syrup, drizzled over chicken (free from Amazon, or $.50)
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed ($1.25)
  • About 1/2 lb. baby carrots (or 4-5 peeled carrots sticks) ($.67)
  • 1 small red onion ($.40)
  • Salt and pepper over the top

Directions

  • Place the chicken the base of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the maple syrup all over the chicken.
  • Place the cubed sweet potatoes, baby carrots or carrot sticks and chopped red onion over the top. Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper over it all.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and let cook for 8 hours.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Baby Carrots.
  • (If you don’t like chicken thighs, use 3 chicken breasts.)

Cost $5.64

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Mom's Plans October 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I have a couple of pounds of sweet potatoes to use, so this will definitely be a meal we make. Thanks!

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Kristia@Family Balance Sheet October 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

That sounds yummy and I bet my kids would like it too.

Thanks for the linkup.

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claire October 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I saw you pin this on Pinterest. Then I read what you wrote on your site here. No after reading I must try this soon. I use my slow cooker every Sunday so “linner” is ready when we arrive home from church. Thank you!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

Love “linners” on Sunday…hope you enjoy it!

Erin

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marisa October 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

To be honest when I saw the photo I thought it didn’t look too appetizing but I am willing to try with these sweet potatoes I have! Thanks for the recipe.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 11, 2011 at 8:12 am

LOL Marisa…slow cooker food is SOOOOO hard to photograph…will always be a challenge for me :)

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Carol October 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sounds delicious! I bet it would be good with a pork roast too.

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Robin October 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m trying it tonight! Any additional liquid needed? Looking forward to it.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I didn’t add extra liquid Robin…the veggies and chicken will release liquid. Hope it turned out for you!

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Sara Z. October 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I wonder whether I could sub honey for the maple syrup? I don’t already buy real maple syrup (though I’m sure its worth the money!) so it would be an expensive ingredient for me. :)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Yes Sara…honey would totally work…might want to use a little less as it’s a little sweeter than maple (at least the varieties I buy are that way!)

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Amy Caldwell October 12, 2011 at 12:29 am

I made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful. My 9 yr. old commented while eating “this is really good, Mom.” I did make a couple of changes, I added some Olive Oil and some Beets from our garden. YUM!

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Denise October 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

cool! I had to change things a bit based on my stock pile. So I used 3 chicken leg quarters, 2 large sweet potatoes, 1/2 vidalia onion, some maple flavored breakfast syrup, and two medium carrots (cut into 1 in pieces).
I would have never thought to put all of this together! can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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Amanda L Grossman October 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sounds really good!

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Peggy October 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

I’m so excited about this recipe! I LOVE sweet potatoes in any form. I’ve also been looking for recipes that will help me use up things out of the freezer (check) and pantry (check – syrup), is healthy (check), no processed foods (check), and that my grandkids will like too (check). I’m thrilled that I have such a good reason to finally open that jar of fresh maple syrup a friend gave me 2 months ago.

I am putting this in the crockpot tomorrow.

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Tina October 19, 2011 at 12:12 am

I made this tonight, using real maple syrup. I used 4 chicken breasts, 6 skinny sweet potatoes, 5 carrots cut into sticks, and a large yellow onion. It cooked for 10 hours on low, due to our schedule today. The chicken and sweet potatoes were falling apart, they were done so well. The carrots were nice and soft.

My 3 teenage kid’s reaction to this was less than favorable. Everyone ate some of it, and none wanted me to keep the recipe, but they did like that the chicken was moist and tender. I don’t like sweet potatoes (they came in our co-op fruit/veggie basket) but this made them palatable to me. That’s a plus in my book!

I will make this again with one modification if I find myself with sweet potatoes at a future time. I will leave out the maple syrup, since that was what made everyone in my family go “what the heck?!” and substitute 3 T of barbecue sauce instead. It’s still inexpensive, and everything should come out moist and tasty.

I’m glad I found this website. I love making healthy, tasty meals that are inexpensive.

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Mallory October 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

Just put this in the crock pot! So excited! Thanks for the recipe!

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Gina November 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I wasn’t sure this would get the family approval but when the slow cooker was EMPTY and even the dog was grinning, I knew I found a keeper! I added a splash of apple cider just for fun…Came out awesome! Thanks again.

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Natasha November 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

wondering how this turns out using breakfast syrup and if it would work on high for less time?

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Jenna November 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Question: I bought thighs on sale. They aren’t boneless or skinless. If I remove the skin do you think they’ll be ok though? And what do you think about prepping everything in a freezer bag and then freezing for a future meal?

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Wm. Stewart November 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

THIS IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST THING TO EVER EMERGE FROM A CROCK POT. LIKE THEY SAY IN BASEBALL, SOMETIMES YOU STRIKE OUT, SOMETIMES YOU HIT A HOME RUN. THIS IS A GRAND SLAM.

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Paige December 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I’m a college student who can’t cook at all but oh boy did this turn out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Although, I didn’t use carrots, instead, I added some celery and red potatoes. I def give this kudos!

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Brianna June 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Not sure where you can manage to find chicken thighs that cheaply….its about $7 for that same amount here…but I’m still looking forward to trying it tomorrow.

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Stephanie February 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

The picture shows the chicken cut up but you don’t state that in the recipe. Does it matter?

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