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My 4 Favorite Crockpot Chicken Recipes
If you’re anything like me, you’re a cheap, well let’s say person in case the kids are reading, and you don’t have a very big grocery budget. Beef prices have gone through the roof. Heck even bacon is over $4.00 a pound. Chicken has come to the rescue. It’s versatile, relatively cheap, and even I can manage to cook it without poisoning myself or others.
Now I’m not one of those guys who expect his GF/wife/significant other of whatever gender you may have (that’s your business!) to do all the cooking, but I don’t have a lot of time to cook. Between my day job, my writing and keeping my personal relationships alive there’s just not a lot of time to play around in the kitchen. So what’s a busy man, who likes to eat, supposed to do? Crockpot, baby! Between the crockpot and the Nuwave oven (I recommend it!) I’m able to make some meals worthy of human consumption.
Below I’ve listed a handful of my favorite crockpot recipes. These are easy meals that anyone (trust me, if I can do it you can do it) can make. They’re also meals that don’t take a lot of prep time and many can be left cooking on low while you’re at work or taking care of other obligations. I’ve found all of these on Pinterest, so if nothing catches your eye you can darn sure believe that you’ve got a lot more choices than these.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
Prep time is only about 10 minutes. Cook time is 5-6 hours.
I like this one a lot. There are very few ingredients and it can be left cooking while you’re at work or on a day off while you take care of other tasks. Just make sure you don’t work OT that day or you’ll end up with something that looks like my cooking used to.
You can put this over noodles, steamed rice…pretty much whatever floats your boat.
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves either cubed or cut them in strips if it works better for you. That’s what’s kept my fingers attached so far if you ask my GF.
1/8 cup margarine we prefer butter ourselves
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
Put chicken, margarine and dressing mix in slow cooker; mix together and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
Add cream cheese and soup, mix together and cook on high for another 1/2 hour or until heated through and warm.
That’s it other than making rice, noodles or whatever you want to put it over. This recipe makes 4 servings, so you can add to it if you need more.
Zesty BBQ Chicken
This is a great one for weekends or other days off. If you’re off that day, cook it on high for a 3-4 hour cook time. Want it ready when you get home from work? Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Done right it makes great sandwiches
Prep time is 10 minutes.
6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken. Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.
Makes 6 servings.
That’s it! The chicken will be very tender and come apart like pulled pork.
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken
Prep time is 20 Minutes
Great for the health conscious…which I should be more often. This one takes a little longer at 10 hours cook time, but if you’re at work for more than 8 of that it’s perfect.
1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken
Salt and pepper to taste (I prefer to use a chicken seasoning I get at a store up the street. It’s called Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning and has a great flavor)
1 teaspoon paprika
Wad three pieces of aluminum foil into 3 to 4 inch balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crumpled aluminum foil. Set the slow cooker to High for 1 hour, then turn down to Low for about 8 to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.
Again that’s all you have to do. No turning. No basting. No back and forth to the kitchen. The only extra work is whatever sides you choose to have with it.
Makes 6 servings.
You have to check out all of her recipes. She’s got over 70. However, this is the only one I’ve made so far. Let me tell you it is worth every moment!
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 8 hours
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, skin removed
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Remove skin from chicken, and empty inner cavity of contents within. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, and place inside the slow cooker.
In a bowl, stir together the chicken broth, soy sauce, olive oil, honey, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Pour mixture over chicken, and cover.
Cook chicken on low setting for 8 hours, or 4 hours on high setting.
A little more prep than the others, but not so much that a busy person can’t handle it.
Makes 6 Servings.
So there you have it. Four of my favorite chicken crockpot recipes from around the web. There are a million of them out there, so if you look around you are guaranteed to find something you’ll enjoy. Try these out or find your own. Either way why don’t you come back and let us know what you made and how it came out?