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Chicken In a Crockpot
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Easy Recipes for Crock Pot Chicken
My favorite way to approach an evening meal is to use the crock pot and an easy recipe for my main dish! No last minute cooking for me! At the end of the day, I don't have any desire to cook anything elaborate or fancy! Recently I began experimenting with my crock pot and that famous bird, the chicken! I have perfected one recipe that I am ready to share with you! For best results, buy a moderate sized chicken and leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it! I bought mine Thursday and cooked it Saturday. It is possible to use a frozen chicken, details to follow. Place the chicken in the slow cooker, adding one large can of mushroom soup or chicken soup. Feel free to pile the contents on top of your meat. Pour one package of a dried onion soup mix into the now empty soup can. Fill the can with water and stir the contents of the soup mix well. Pour your combined mixture over the chicken. Add pepper if you desire. Cover your dish and turn the heat to high!
Since we are using a bird that is not frozen, six hours of actual cooking should be about right for a moderate sized bird. Depending on the pot that you are using and the size of the chicken, you may need to add or subtract some cooking time.
For best results, I leave the crock pot on high for three hours. The meat should be simmering well for most of that time! To check for sufficient cooking, remove the lid and look for the appearance of bubbles, indicating a slow boil!
Three hours later, turn the temperature to low. Let the crock pot chicken dish simmer for three or more hours. After six hours, the meat should be thoroughly done. Six hours later, my chicken meat was still intact and could be easily transferred from the crock pot. The longer that the meat cooks past the typical six hours, the more likely it is to cook off the bone.
When removing the meat from the crock pot, I use two large spatulas to help support the weight of the bird while moving it. By placing the plate right next to your Crock pot, lifting is easier. The meat is ready for slicing. You may find it fairly easy to gently lift a wing and its' surrounding meat away from the body without a knife. The meat is sweet and tender and very easy to serve and eat!
This is a favorite meal at my house! It is easy to prepare a couple of side dishes in just a few minutes and be ready to serve dinner fairly quickly. As I said, this is my favorite avenue of meal preparation!
If you choose to use a frozen chicken, a longer cooking time is needed. I would recommend six hours of high temperatures and then three hours at the lower temperature. Again, the meat will be flavorable and easy to serve.
Try pouring a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce over your chicken instead of the condensed soup.Details for BBQ chicken is described below!
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BBQ Crock Pot Chicken
To begin, remove the frozen chicken from the wrapper. I wash mine under warm running water to clean the skin. Put the bird directly into the slow cooker. Pour the entire bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken. Fill the empty bottle with water and empty it over the chicken also. Add dried onions and pepper as needed.
Since the chicken is frozen, at least 8 hours is needed to cook your meat thoroughly. I turned the crock pot on high at 10:00 a.m. At 3:00. I turned the temperature to low. It was 7:00 p.m. before we could eat. The chicken was so tender that it fell apart as I removed it from the pot. It was very tasty and tender to eat. The BBQ flavor had permeated the entire chicken. My family loved it!