How to Cook Chicken in a Crock Pot

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A simple and effective way to prepare chicken (with little time spent in the kitchen) is the crockpot-roasted chicken. This method of cooking can be applied to boneless or bone-in chicken with slight variations in technique. In either case, you will need a similar set of tools to get started.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole chicken or several boneless chicken breasts
  • Slow cooker
  • Oil
  • Herbs or spices 
  • 1 cup of water

Simply coat the outside of the chicken or chicken pieces with oil then add your spices. Spices and herbs that work well together on poultry include garlic powder, basil, oregano and rosemary.

For the whole chicken, putting breast side down will result in moist and flavorful meat. Once you add the chicken to your crockpot, pour in one cup of water and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until cooked. The bones of the whole chicken will keep the meat tender throughout the cooking process. You can expect the meat to fall off the bone with this method.

For boneless chicken breasts, it is worth considering a flavor-enhancing technique, such as searing or caramelizing, prior to crockpot cooking. To sear, simply grill each side of chicken for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly brown before adding the chicken to the crockpot.

Tip

  • Searing and caramelizing works best with boneless chicken breasts.

For caramelizing, it is best to combine “sauce” ingredients in a crockpot with the boneless chicken pieces. Once the chicken is cooked you will remove it from the crock pot, lay the chicken pieces on a foil lined oven safe pan and cover with the liquid from the crockpot. Broil for 4 minutes or until it is caramelized.

Tip

  • Ingredients that work well for caramelizing include honey, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, olive olive, garlic, and/or cayenne pepper.

Warning

  • Do not eat undercooked poultry. According to the USDA, all poultry must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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