Quick Meals From A Slow Cooker
There is nothing like coming home to a house filled with aromas of a delicious dinner cooking – but let's face it, unless you made it, it's not going to happen. Luckily, with the aid of a slow cooker, you can prepare delicious meals that are easy to prepare and will leave you feeling warm and cozy when you come home to dinner ready to go!
Slow Cooker Tips
Crock pots work best when the meat does not have a lot of fat on it so use cheaper and leaner pieces of chicken. The chicken will cook quicker with fat on it and could turn rubbery, resulting in an unpleasant texture. Remove the skin from your chicken before cooking it. For best results, use leaner pieces of chicken like the breast, which will not only save money, but when cooked for a long time, will result in a tender juicy piece of meat.
Cooking times: You can easily adjust your favorite oven or stove based chicken soup, stew, or sauce recipes to the slow cooker. You simply need to adjust the cooking times and decrease the amount of water by about 1/3 or 1/2 (unless you are preparing soup) as the water will not evaporate while cooking. If your recipe requires between 15 and 30 minutes on the stove or in the oven, then it will cook in 4 to 6 hours (low setting) or 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours (high setting); 30 to 45 minutes translates to 6 to 8 hours (low) and 3 to 4 hours (high); 45 minutes to 3 hours will be 8 to 16 hours (low) or 4 to 6 hours (high).
Place ingredients appropriately: Pay close attention to the order in which you add the ingredients to the crock pot. Generally, vegetables cook slower than meat so they should be added first and to the bottom and then the meat added on top.
Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Soup
Makes 8 servings Ingredients:
1. Combine chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic to crock pot; add water and broth and sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf; stir in corn and cover with lid.
Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken
Makes 6 servings Ingredients:
Makes 4 servings Ingredients:
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