Friday, January 20, 2012

Slow Cooking: Chicken Dishes

Everyone has their favorite kitchen tools, and mine is the crock pot. I received my first slow cooker almost 23 years ago as a wedding gift, and I've went through four of them in that time. Today I thought I would share my favorite chicken dishes made in the slow cooker.

Whole Slow Cooked Chicken

1 whole chicken
ground black pepper
Italian seasoning
garlic powder

Rinse the chicken and place in the crock pot. sprinkle with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the crock pot. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5.

Notes: Serve this with noodles, mashed potatoes or microwaved "baked" potatoes, and a salad.

This is one of the easiest recipe for crock pots, and it's delicious. Some people are put off that it doesn't brown like when it's roasted, but it's so moist that it really isn't a concern of mine. You can change the spices to give it a different flavor if you wish. It's a very flexible recipe, and will always give you nice broth to use for gravy, noodles or soup.

Boneless Chicken Breast
I have quite a few recipes that use boneless chicken breast. I use frozen or fresh, whichever is the better price at the time. It's much better to thaw the chicken before using in the recipes so they don't water down the dish.

Lemon Garlic Chicken

2 lb. chicken breast halves, bone in or boneless
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. water or chicken broth
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place chicken in crock pot. Combine the other ingredients and pour over the chicken, coating all the pieces. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours or until chicken is done. Serve with pasta.

Easy BBQ Chicken

2.5-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 bottle of BBQ Sauce

Drain the thawed chicken and add to the crock pot. Do not add water or liquid. Pour in about 2 cups sauce, and stir so the chicken is coated. Cook 3-5 hours on low. If you cook on high it only takes about 2 hours.

Notes: I serve this with French Fries, fried potatoes or potato wedges.

-Spaghetti sauce instead of BBQ sauce, then top the chicken with Parmesan cheese and serve on top of pasta.

-Soups instead of BBQ sauce- cream of chicken, cheese, broccoli, etc.

-Italian dressing instead of BBQ sauce.

On OFL we have an article on choosing a slow cooker:


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