The phrase "a chicken in every pot" has been repeated throughout history, beginning with King Henry IV in France. The words promise good times, with enough food to eat, as well as the time to relax and enjoy it. Today, that referred to "pot" is often a slow cooker. Just throw in a few ingredients, go to work, and come home to an incredibly aromatic hot dinner.
Cooking Tips for Slow Cooker Chicken
Many slow cooker recipes with long cook times (8 to 10 hours) call for chicken thighs or legs, as breast meat can become tough and dry when cooked all day. Using boneless chicken thighs solves this problem while providing a rich flavor at a lower cost. However, if your family prefers white meat, just cut the cook time to 4 to 6 hours so the meat doesn't dry out. Additionally, bone-in and boneless chicken have different cooking requirements. Chicken cooked on the bone takes longer and is also less likely to overcook. Test the chicken with a food thermometer to assure doneness (breasts are done at 160 F and thighs and drumsticks at 165 F).
Most crockpot recipes call for removing the skin from chicken due to its added fat and less-than-crisp slow cooker texture. If you choose to leave the skin on, however, brown your chicken in olive oil in a skillet first to help improve the appearance of the finished dish.
This two-ingredient recipe made with boneless, skinless chicken cuts will have you tossing in the fixings while pushing start and running out the door. This recipe uses a peach salsa, but a mango salsa will work just as well for those who prefer the sweet taste of fruit.
An Indian inspired dish, this crockpot recipe combines chicken with sweet potatoes and curry for a well-rounded meal. The combination of spicy and sweet will fill your house with an ethnic aroma. But if you have picky eaters, this Indian dish might not suit their taste buds.
Lemon and chicken pair perfectly in this dish, as the acid helps tenderize whatever cut of chicken you prefer to use. Enjoy lemon chicken and carrots over rice or noodles, as the sauce it creates makes the perfect topping to any starchy side.
Learning how to cook a whole chicken can seem daunting. But this no-brainer slow cooker recipe will make you a master with just one recipe. Ginger and five spice powder lend flavorful additions to this Asian dish that can accompany sauteed veggies and a side of rice.
Just like grandma used to make ... homemade dumplings and all. Try this recipe when you have the time to whip up the dumplings, but don't stress too much—the boneless, skinless chicken can be added with no prep needed.
This dish takes comfort food into the trendy one-pot dinner category. Just add a green salad as an accompaniment for a well-balanced meal. Use regular chicken broth and regular milk in lieu of the old-school condensed options to make this dish creamy, yet much lighter.
The bone-in nature of this recipe lends a richness that you can't get from boneless, skinless chicken. But this is one you shouldn't walk away from (at least not for a whole day). The stickiness of the honey and soy sauce blend can easily burn if it cooks too long.
This spin on a classic chicken parmesan dish will make both the adults and kids go back for seconds. Pair it with pasta or a crusty bread to mop up the sauce or substitute pork chops to give it a different spin.
Turn leftover chicken or turkey into delicious Latin-inspired tacos. This creamy taco filler can be served on top of corn tortillas and topped with cheese, cabbage, avocado, and salsa for an easy weeknight meal.
This spicy warmer-upper makes a great winter stew. Cook it on a weekend and watch the game, then eat the leftovers all week long for lunch or a quick dinner. The addition of smoked sausage and Cajun spices transforms chicken breasts into an authentic Creole dish. Serve it over rice cooked separately.