Slow Cooker Chicken with Thai Peanut Sauce


Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
1 cup canned coconut milk
3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Rice, rice noodles, or lettuce leaves, for serving

Instructions
  1. Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes; mix until (mostly) smooth) Pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours (or until chicken is tender but not overcooked, depending on the strength of your slow cooker). Reduce slow cooker temperature to WARM. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into chunks, and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker to allow it to absorb sauce and heat through.
  3. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked white or brown rice, cooked rice noodles, or stuffed inside large lettuce leaves, as wraps. Garnish with chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.


Notes
If you don't have rice wine vinegar, you may use apple cider vinegar instead.



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