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Try These Chicken Recipes for the Slow Cooker
This article contains six tried-and-true recipes for chicken prepared in the slow cooker or crockpot. One recipe is a video demonstration.
I haven't always been a fan of crockpot cooking. That's all changed, thanks to the wonderful Hamilton Beach crockpot that I recently obtained. I got it with customer loyalty points from my favorite grocery store, Savon Foods in Vancouver.
Since this kitchen appliance came into my home, I've been experimenting with crockpot recipes, especially recipes using chicken. I am delighted with the results. My only complaint is that sitting here all day smelling these wonderful aromas is not a good thing for my waistline.
Why do I say I haven't always been a fan of crockpot cooking? Because many years ago, when I had my first slow cooker, the recipes all seemed to be bland and tasteless. Everything involved pouring a couple of cans of mushroom soup over meat and letting it cook for hours. Today's recipes have come a long way, and so have today's crockpots.
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker
Recipe #1: Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup
This recipe for chicken enchilada soup is spectacular. I have made it many times and will continue to make it many more.
- 1 chicken breast, cut in half and skin removed
- 1 15 oz can of chopped tomatoes (or equivalent in peeled, fresh tomatoes)
- 1 10 oz can of enchilada sauce (I used the mild kind)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can of green chile peppers OR 1 sweet pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/3 cup of uncooked rice
- 2-3 chicken bullion cubes
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chile powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 can of black beans, drained OR 1 can of corn
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, optional
- water as needed
- Put all ingredients in the crockpot or slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 or 8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
- When cooked, shred the chicken. Since you are using raw chicken, make sure the soup comes to a simmer to destroy any bacteria.
- Toast tortillas in the oven and serve them with the soup, or if you can't wait that long, heat them in the microwave. Sprinkling the tortillas with a little grated cheese is particularly nice.
- To serve, garnish your chicken tortilla soup with avocado, grated cheddar and a dash of fresh lime juice.
Recipe #2: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
This may not be authentic Italian cacciatore, but it's a wonderfully satisfying and tasty dish. I predict it will become one of your favorites as well.
- 6 chicken breasts, split in half and skin removed
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 2 cups of fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 28-ounce jar of good quality, pasta sauce
- 1 can of tomato paste
- red pepper flakes
- black pepper
- Angel Hair Pasta OR whole wheat spaghetti
- Place all ingredients except the pasta in the slow cooker. Cook on low heat for six to eight hours.
- Boil pasta in a separate pot and serve with the chicken cacciatore.
Tip: Although most crockpot manufacturers tell you to thaw meats before cooking, I only partially thawed my chicken. By starting with partially frozen meat, I avoided having the chicken fall to pieces. If you decide to do this, you must ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked to destroy any bacteria that may be present.
Recipe #3: Whole Chicken Crockpot Recipe
This crockpot recipe for whole chicken is so easy to make that you just can't believe how good its going to be when its done.
- 1 (3-pound) chicken, skin removed
- enough onion to fill the cavity
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (OR use 1 chicken bouillon cube dissolved in water)
- 1/3 cup of soy sauce
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- black pepper to taste
- Wash the inside of the chicken and pat dry. Fill with sliced onion.
- Place all other ingredients in the slow cooker and stir together.
- Place the chicken in the slow cooker, turning it over to coat with the sauce. Turn it breast side down and cook for six hours at low heat.
- At that time, check the chicken for doneness. Cook longer if needed.
Tip: This whole chicken crockpot recipe is excellent served with sides of vegetables and a starch such as rice, pasta, potatoes or yams.
Recipe #4: Faux Butter Chicken
This is a more economical, healthier and lighter version of the authentic Butter Chicken.
This recipe for faux butter chicken is reminiscent of the genuine Indian butter chicken dish, but its made in the slow cooker and it's lighter and healthier—not to mention less costly to make. It's surprisingly good. Serve it with rice pilaf and naan bread.
- 12 chicken thighs, boneless and with skin removed
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- several garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 1 can diced tomatoes, or equivalent of fresh tomatoes, skinned and chopped
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons of cold water
- 1/2 cup yogurt, plain
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Place the first eleven ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on low until the chicken is cooked throughout. This takes six or seven hours.
- Adjust the slow cooker to the high heat setting.
- Mix the flour and water together until all lumps are gone. Stir this into the crockpot and cook for thirty minutes, or until the stew is thick.
- Stir in the yogurt and sprinkle the chopped cilantro over top.
Cooking Tip #1: To ensure you always have fresh ginger on hand, scrape the skin off your ginger root using the back of a spoon. A grapefruit spoon works extremely well. Place your ginger root in a freezer bag and freeze. When you need freshly grated ginger, remove from freezer and grate.
Cooking Tip #2: Ground coriander can be costly. Budget-conscious cooks can save money by buying the whole coriander seeds and grinding them in a coffee grinder.
Cooking Tip #3: Farmers markets and Asian markets often have bags of tomatoes on sale for $1 or similar low price. Throw the whole bag in the freezer. When you need canned tomatoes or the equivalent, remove your tomatoes from the freezer and thaw. The skin will come off easily and you can then chop them. You can also loosen tomato skins by heating the tomatoes briefly in the microwave or dipping them briefly in boiling water.
Recipe #5: Durban-Style Chicken Curry
This recipe is said to be from Durban, South Africa. I like it a lot.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 chicken thighs (or equivalent in chicken parts)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons curry powder (use hot, mild or medium as desired)
- 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk (use light if desired)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion or cilantro (optional)
- Rub the paprika, salt and pepper on the chicken. Heat the oil in a skillet and brown the chicken on both sides. Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker or crock pot.
- In the skillet, add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for two or three minutes. Mix in the curry powder and continue cooking for another minutes.
- Mix in the crushed tomatoes, coconut milk and brown sugar.,
- In a small bowl, mix together the corn starch and the lime juice until the corn starch is blended. Add this to the skillet and bring to a simmer.
- Pour this mixture over top the chicken. Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook for 6i hours and ten minutes. (Note:this is the time the recipe calls for. My curry cooks in less time than that, so start checking at around five hours).
- Serve with the cilantro or green onion. Good with brown rice or basmati rice.
Recipe #6: Crockpot Chicken Chile
Recommended Cooking Links
- Crockpot Herbed Bread Recipe
Yes, you can make delicious herbed bread in your crockpot or slow cooker.
- Tips for Using a Crockpot
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- Online Cooking Conversions
Need to convert these measurements to metric? This site has the calculators you need.
Please Leave a Comment
debie on February 06, 2015:
Tomorrow I am going to try the cockpot chicken scampi it's a big hit in my family and I need to do it with the least stress and work as possible. My mom's 8th birthday dinner having a few people over and I am not healthy but my mom and family is the only think that gets me through. So wish me luck and any hints. I always take a lot of tlc when making it and I will tomorrow just want to enjoy my guess too.
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 07, 2014:
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 07, 2014:
@Brite-Ideas: Wow, thanks!
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on July 07, 2014:
All of these recipes look so tasty! I'm always looking for crock pot ideas too. Pinning.
Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on July 06, 2014:
These recipes sound great - pinned to my food board of course :)
Alana-r on September 10, 2012:
Excellent recipes and lens once again, great job.
anonymous on September 10, 2012:
I just started using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot, this Lens is Right on-time!!
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 25, 2012:
@Sylvestermouse: You are so right. And today's crockpot recipes are a far cry from the ones our mothers used to make.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 25, 2012:
These sound delicious! I am always looking for good crockpot recipes. It just makes life so much easier to use a crockpot.
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on November 03, 2010:
@anonymous: Those early recipes were boring, for sure. Thanks so much for visiting.
anonymous on November 02, 2010:
I totally agree with your comment about early crockpot recipes being bland and very ordinary. Thank goodness modern crockpot recipes are anything but tastless. I really like the sound of your Faux Butter Chicken. Easy and healthy.
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 11, 2010:
@jolou: I love mine also. The longer I have it, the better I like it.
jolou on October 11, 2010:
I haven't used a slow cooker long either, but just love it now.
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 23, 2010:
@julieannbrady: That sounds delicious. Do you have the recipe online somewhere?
julieannbrady on July 23, 2010:
I like to use my crockpot to do a Hungarian style chicken paprikash. Love the convenience!
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on May 18, 2010:
@Faye Rutledge: Many thanks for commenting.
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on May 18, 2010:
Thanks for the wonderful recipes!
June Campbell (author) from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on February 23, 2010:
@anonymous: Thank you. My favorite is the tortilla soup, with the faux butter chicken coming next
anonymous on February 22, 2010:
Great lens - anxious to try some of the recipes.