Monday, February 11, 2013

0 Pinterest... Fab or Fake: Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  On the one hand, I've gotten ideas & inspiration for some of my favorite projects from Pinterest.  On the other, there are so many pins that I'm weary of.  Why does every pin have to have exclamation points and include the sentence "why didn't I already think of this?"  Seriously, that phrase is overused.  Well, it and anything that starts of "One pinner said..."  and then is followed by something like "this is the best meal she ever made!"  Show me the pinner that said it!  My other pet peeve is seeing something I'd love to have or have the recipe to (like this Ikea shoe cabinet that I can't find on the Ikea website or this shirt) and there be NO link to follow through to find it.

So I thought it'd be fun to test out and report the findings on some of the Pinterest projects/recipes I've tried. Since we've been tied up getting our rental home ready for its next tenants, a pin for an easy crockpot recipe for Pineapple Chicken caught my eye.

Pinterest Caption: "Crockpot! 1 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup light soy sauce 2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins. Cook on low 6-8 hrs and they should just fall apart."

They used an excalmation point in the description and everything, so it must be awesome.

The result? ... Eh.  Definitely doesn't go in the "Fab!" category.  I'd put it more in the fake category.  First of all, the picture above comes from a recipe from for Pineapple Chicken Bites cooked in a skillet, so the picture is fake as far as a crockpot recipe goes (and I'm sure the skillet recipe is actually much tastier)!

Anyway, we made it and ate with rice.  The chicken did just "fall apart" as the caption said, but it was pretty bland.  Because the picture above was actually from a skillet-cooked recipe, the liquid doesn't thicken and adhere to the chicken in the crockpot the same as above.  It might be tastier if it did.

It's not going on my list of recipes we make!  Final decision: Fake.

Edit: Twice after I made this my husband told me it really wasn't that bad, and that it reminds him of something he used to eat growing up.  So I guess I probably will be making this again.  It still gets Pinterest fake in my book though, because the picture fake!

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