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.