Slow Cooker Chicken and Acorn Squash with Coconut-Cashew Sauce
- 1 pound frozen* chicken tenderloins
- 1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk (or light coconut milk, if preferred)
- 1 acorn squash
- 2 teaspoons curry powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/3 cup cashew or peanut butter (I used ALDI cashew butter)
- 1 tablespoon fresh or freeze-dried cilantro, reconstituted (I used Litehouse)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari, for gluten-free
- Juice of 1 lime
- Turn slow cooker to HIGH.
- Arrange frozen chicken in a single layer on a microwave safe plate. Defrost in Microwave on MEDIUM power (50%) for 3 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes. Turn chicken over. Microwave an additional 3 minutes on MEDIUM power (50%) for 3 more minutes.
- While chicken defrosts, pierce flesh of squash using a knife (be careful to turn blade side away from the hand holding the squash).
- Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut cream off top of coconut milk into bottom of slow cooker; let melt while you finish prepping squash.
- Once chicken is thawed, microwave squash 3 minutes on HIGH or until you can easily slice off top, bottom and cut in half (be careful not to overcook). Scoop out seeds and cut into large slices.
- Arrange chicken over melted coconut cream in bottom of slow cooker; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Arrange squash slices over chicken. Pour remaining coconut milk over squash and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of curry powder.
- Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours.
- Carefully remove chicken and squash to a serving platter with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Strain liquid in slow cooker over a bowl with a sieve (discarding solids.) Add cashew butter, cilantro, soy sauce and lime juice to slow cooker. Stir until smooth.
- Serve sauce over chicken and squash.
*To prepare this recipe using fresh chicken, simply skip step 2. If using large frozen chicken breasts, continue defrosting on 3 minute MEDIUM power intervals until chicken is thawed. I recommend cutting large pieces into smaller pieces before placing in slow cooker.