Whenever we order Chinese food, one of the items always included is Almond Chicken.` Although today’s Crockpot Tuesday does not really resemble the Chinese variety of Almond Chicken, it does incorporate some of the same flavors and my family loves it too.
Here’s what I used for my version of Crockpot Almond Chicken
- 1.5 to 2 lbs Chicken Tenderloins (mine were frozen)
- 1/2 cup almonds (crushed)
- 1 1/2 cup celery
- 1/2 cup mushrooms (not pictured)
- 2 cups mayonnaise
The recipe I based my Almond Chicken Recipe on was from Tasty Crockpot Recipes, and it called for sliced almonds.` I didn’t have those, but I did have whole roasted almonds.` Instead of taking the time to slice each of them individually, I placed my almonds in a ziploc bag and pounded them with a heavy pot until they were broken apart.
I measured my almonds in a 4 cup measuring cup, added my cup and a half` of celery and topped it off with the 2 cups mayonnaise.` Then I stirred it altogether.
Next, I placed my frozen Chicken Tenderloins in the bottom of the crockpot, and poured the almond mayonnaise mixture over the top.` At the last minute, I decided to add about 7 diced mushrooms.` I’m glad I did because they added some nice flavor.
Since my chicken was frozen, I turned it on high for 2 hours and then continued cooking on low for 5 hours.` About an hour before serving time, I opened the crockpot and stirred it.` Just stirring broke the chicken into bite size pieces since it was so tender.
I served the Almond Chicken over rice and the family just gobbled it up.` My daughter who doesn’t like mushrooms even ate those too.
Once again, this Crockpot Tuesday recipe is not only delicious and easy, but very frugal.` This meal that fed 6 costs only $3.31` and here’s a breakdown:
Chicken Tenders— $2.40 (Bought on sale here for $1.47/lb)
Almonds — $.40 (whole bottle bought here for $2.49 and used about 1/6)
Celery — 10 cents (bunch bought here for 88 cents)
Mushrooms — 10 cents (whole carton bought here for 88 cents)
Mayonnaise — 2 cents (paid less than 5 cents for bottle here)
Rice — 29 cents HERE
That’s far cheaper than even a single serving of Chinese Almond Chicken.